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 

Associate Professor Philip Russo

The newly established Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research is an exciting new development that will be promoting nursing research to support the mission of the Cabrini Institute.

One of the main aims is to build capacity of nursing research through engaging with clinicians and supporting opportunities for research training.

If you would like to contact the Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research please email

Student Supervision

PhD students

  • Mani Suleiman, RMIT
  • Sue Willey, Monash University
  • Tegwyn McManamny, Monash University

Honours and Masters students

Pheona van Heuzin, Monash University


Development of customised distraction techniques for managing acute behavioural disturbance of elderly patients in the emergency department setting to limit use of chemical and physical restraint
Investigators: Blecher G, Kuhn L, Walker K, Flynn D, Joe K, Russo P, Page R, Peisah C. \]
Status: To commence in Nov 2019 - Nov 2021
Funding: Auric Innovation Grant (Johnstone Family, via Cabrini Foundation)
Total: $146,993


Improved Detection of Infections Following Surgery for Meaningful Public Reporting
Investigators: Russo P, Cheng A, Bucknall T.
Status: Ongoing
Funding: NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. $327,192.00


Establishing the prevalence of healthcare associated infections in Australian hospitals
Investigators: Russo P, Cheng A, Bucknall T, Mitchell B.
Status: Completed. Journal article under review
Funding: Rosemary Norman Foundation $180,000


Recent publications

1. Russo PL, Digby R, Bucknall T. Consumer knowledge and attitudes towards public reporting of healthcare associated infection data. Am J Infect Control 2019 Jan 10. pii: S0196-6553(18)31110-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.11.018.

2. Mitchell BG, Northcote N, Cheng AC, Fasugba O, Russo PL, Rosebrock H. Reducing urinary catheter use using an electronic reminder system in hospitalised patients: a randomised stepped wedge trial. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol,. 2019, 1–5, doi:10.1017/ice.2019.31

3. Australian College of Nursing (2019) Boyd, L. (Chair) Regulation of the Unregulated Health Care Workforce across the health care system – A White Paper by ACN, ACN, Canberra

4. Willey, S., Gibson-Helm, M., Blackmore, R., McBride, J., Highet, N., Ball, N., Gray, K., Melvin, G., Boyd, L., East, C. & Boyle, J. (2019) The impact of a perinatal mental health screening program for women of refugee and migrant background: a post implementation medical record audit. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) (Accepted, details pending)

5. Willey, S., Blackmore, R., Gibson-Helm, M., Ali, R., Boyd, L., McBride, J. & Boyle, J.A. (2019) “If you don’t ask it; you don’t tell”: Perinatal mental health screening for women of refugee background. Women & Birth (Accepted, details pending)

6. Willey, S., Gibson-Helm, M., Finch, T., East, C., Khan, N., Boyd, L & Boyle, JA (2019) Implementing innovative evidence-based perinatal mental health screening for women of refugee background. Women & Birth (Accepted, details pending)

7. Suleiman, M. Demirhan, H. Boyd, L. Girosi, F. Aksakalli, V. (2019) Incorporation of expert knowledge in the prediction of incorrect DRG assignment. Medical Decision Making (Accepted, details pending)

8. Wong DF, Spencer C, Boyd L, Burkle FM Jr., Archer F. (2019) ‘Peer Reviewed Validation of the Comprehensive Framework for Disaster Evaluation Typologies’. Prehospital Disaster Medicine (Accepted, details pending)