Nursing research is integral to patient care, whether that care takes place at the bedside or during surgery. It provides the evidence to improve and support nursing practice.

At Cabrini, the aim of nursing research is to constantly improve the care we provide by evaluating the safety and quality of our services and clinical practice.

Head of Department 

Professor Lee Boyd

Higher degree research supervision

A highlight over the past year has been the enhanced level of postgraduate enrolments and research dissemination amongst the Education team. The supervision of higher degree research students reinforces the research culture at Cabrini and our success with publications is demonstrating growth in this area.

PhD students

  • Mani Suleiman, RMIT
  • Diana Wong, Monash University
  • Sue Willey, Monash University
  • Tegwyn McManamny, Monash University
  • Louise Alexander, Deakin University


Victorian Department of Health ($145,000)

‘Evaluating the national standards education projects using a process and impact evaluation strategy.’

Boyd L, Cosgrave M, Goh J, Warren T, Brockhus F, Johnson M (2013-15)

Australian Government Department of Health ($570,000)

‘Developing online resource for religious and cultural advance care planning.’

Boyd, L. Pereira-Salgado, A. Walker, H (2015-17)


We are currently working to establish:

  • A student support hub to provide assistance and resources for nursing staff undertaking post graduate degrees;
  • Quality research partnerships with universities and other stakeholders;
  • Research expertise in Catholic healthcare, patient and family centred care and quality and safety; and
  • Research secondments where Cabrini nurses with an interest in research, work on a project while working part time clinically. The aim is to enhance the individuals’ research skills and embed them back within the practice setting. This will grow our local research capacity and support the development of a culture of enquiry in our workforce.