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Maternal and Child Health

Led by Professor Jeanine Young, USC has a well-established theme in maternal and child health research which has continued to grow in recent years with several projects involving international partners.

Current projects include infant and toddler breastfeeding support and promotion, maternal and family transition, strategies to reduce infant mortality, including the first Australian safe sleep enabler for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, paediatric nurse decision making, and studies which address optimal outcomes for labour and birth.

Acute and Complex Care of Adults

Led by Professor Marianne Wallis, Acute and Complex Care of Adults (ACCR) has developed strong links with hospital, community health and residential aged care facilities to develop a suite of projects that cross these sectors. The initial focus will be on areas such as vascular access, wound management, emergency care, in-hospital acute care, hospital avoidance and palliative care.

Current research in the ACCR involves care of patients in acute care settings and clients with mental health issues (partnered with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service); and residents of aged care facilities (in partnership with Sundale).

Health Professional Education

Led by Associate Professor Patrea Andersen, this strand of research relates to health professional educational research.

The theme of simulation and health professional education is an emerging research strength of the NURTURE Cluster. It fits with the considerable investment made by USC into providing state of the art simulation facilities for health professional education.

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