The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research aims to identify critical gaps within community and healthcare services, with an explicit goal to improve health outcomes (and a focus on vulnerable groups) via innovative individual, community and health service-focused programs.

The Nursing Research Institute undertakes multidisciplinary clinical and health services research that is focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems with a particular emphasis on implementation science research, that is the study of how to implement evidence based care. This research spans systematic reviews, trials, surveys, mixed-methods and qualitative research which a focus on:

  • Acute & Chronic Care
  • Stroke Care
  • Pressure Injury Prevention
  • Models of care

The Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA) is a multidisciplinary, Melbourne-based research institute focussing on both the positive and problematic aspects of ageing.


Submissions from 2009

A pilot investigation of muscle activation patterns in individuals with exercise-related leg pain compared to uninjured individuals, Peter Blanch, Andrew Chapman, Melinda Smith, and Bill Vicenzino

Perceptions of genetic discrimination among people at risk for Huntington's disease: A cross sectional survey, Yvonne O. Bombard, Gerry Veenstra, Jan M. Friedman, Susan Creighton, Lauren O. Currie, Jane S. Paulsen, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, and Michael R. Hayden

Bingo halls and smoking: Perspectives of First Nations women, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, Joanne Carey, Roberta Mowatt, Colleen Varcoe, Joy L. Johnson, Peter J. Hutchinson, Debbie Sullivan, Wanda Williams, and Dennis Wardman

Relief-oriented use of marijuana by teens, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, Joy. L. Johnson, Barbara M. Moffat, and Tamsin Mulvogue

Fathers' narratives of reducing and quitting smoking, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, Jenny Radsma, Mary Kelly, and John L. Oliffe

Continued family smoking after lung cancer diagnosis: The patient's perspective, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, Carole A. Robinson, Kelli M. Sullivan, and Michelle L. Smith

Do employees’ needs moderate their reaction to supervisor’s empowerment practices?, Jean-Sebastian Boudrias, Maryse Landry-Gagne, Luc Brunet, and Alexandre J.S. Morin

Employee empowerment: From managerial practices to employees' behavioral empowerment, Jean-Sebastien Boudrias, Patrick Gaudreau, Andre Savoie, and Alexandre Morin

Development of the Assistance to Participate Scale (APS) for children's play and leisure activities, Helen Maree Bourke-Taylor, Mary Law, Linsey Howie, and Julie F. Pallant

A comparison of two measures of communication and the communication style of university students, Terry Bowles

Writing about Australian educational and developmental psychology: A 25 year retrospective summary, Terry Bowles

Learning for heart failure patients (the L-HF patient study), Mary Boyde, Anthony Gerrard Tuckett, Robyn Peters, David Robert Thompson, Catherine Turner, and Simon Stewart

Learning style and learning needs of heart failure patients, Mary Boyde, Anthony Gerrard Tuckett, Robyn Peters, David Robert Thompson, Catherine Turner, and Simon Stewart

The Effect of biological movement variability on the performance of the golf swing in high- and low- handicapped players, Elizabeth J. Bradshaw, Justin W.L. Keogh, Patria A. Hume, Peter S. Maulder, Jacques Nortje, and Michel Marnewick

Investing in health and well-being: Holistic view of self-concepts in Australia's young people, Nicola Allison Brake

Neuropathological correlates of dementia in over-80-year-old brain donors from the population-based Cambridge city over-75s cohort (CC75C) study, Carol Brayne, Kathryn Richardson, Fiona E. Matthews, Jane Fleming, Sally Hunter, John H. Xuereb, Eugene S. Paykel, Elizabeta B. Mukaetova-Ladinska, Felicia Huppert, Angela O'Sullivan, and Tom Dening

Health among caregivers of children with health problems: Findings from a Canadian population-based study, Jamie C. Brehaut, Dafna Kohen, Rochelle E. Garner, Anton R. Miller, Lucy M. Lach, Anne F. Klassen, and Peter Rosenbaum


A cognitive behavioural intervention for overweight and obese adolescents illustrated by four case studies, Leah Brennan, Jeff Walkley, Sarah Lukeis, Anica Risteska, Lisa Archer, Ellen Digre, Steve F. Fraser, and Kate Greenway

Development of the Saxon Health Target "active aging - Aging in health, autonomy, and participation" [Entwicklung des Sachsischen Gesundheitsziels "Aktives Altern - Altern in Gesundheit, Autonomie und Mitverantwortlichkeit"], Thomas Brockow, Jana Schulze, F. Furst, R. Sawatzki, Jurgen Wegge, Matthias Kliegel, W. Zwingenberger, B. Thonges, C. Eberhard, and Karl-Ludwig Resch

Measurement of quality of life for people with diabetic retinopathy impairment, Cherylee Mary Brown, Elaine Y.H. Wong, Patricia M. O'Connor, and Jill E. Keeffe

When what one has is enough: Mindfulness, financial desire discrepancy, and subjective well-being, Kirk Warren Brown, Tim Kasser, Richard Michael Ryan, P. Alex Linley, and Kevin Orzech

Morphology of knee extension torque-time curves following anterior cruciate ligament injury and reconstruction, Adam L. Bryant, Yong-Hao Pua, and Ross Allan Clark

The risk is that there is 'no risk': A simple, innovative intervention to increase children's activity levels, Anita C. Bundy, Tim Luckett, Paul J. Tranter, Geraldine A. Naughton, Shirley R. Wyver, Jo Ragen, and Greta Spies

The interview tables are turned, Louise Burke

A lifetime in sports nutrition: An interview with Emily Haymes, Louise Burke and E. Haymes

Feeding the Beijing Olympics: An interview with Jillian Wanik, Louise M. Burke

Practical sports nutrition: Survival nutrition, Louise M. Burke

Survival for the active family, Louise Mary Burke, Liz Broad, Gregory R. Cox, Christine E. Dziedzic, Stephen Gurr, Nikki A. Jeacocke, Michelle Minehan, Jo Mirtschin, and Greg Shaw

BJSM reviews: A-Z of nutritional supplements: Dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance Part 1, Louise Mary Burke, Lindy M. Castell, and Samantha J. Stear

Nutrition in combat sports, Louise Mary Burke and Gregory R. Cox

BJSM reviews: A-Z of nutritional supplements: Dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance Part 4, Louise M. Burke, Lindy M. Castell, S. J. Stear, Phoebe J. Rogers, E. Blomstrand, S. Gurr, N. Mitchell, F. B. Stephens, and P. L. Greenhaff

Identifying research priorities for midwifery in Ireland, Michelle M. Butler, Therese C. Meehan, Mary Kemple, Jonathan Drennan, Margaret Treacy, and Maree Johnson

We don't know what we don't know: The lack of sustainability education in professional development programs for managers in Australian universities, Lorne Butt, Elizabeth Agnes More, and Gayle Avery

Motor imagery development in primary school children, Karen Caeyenberghs, Jenny Tsoupas, Peter Wilson, and Bouwein C. M. Smits-Engelsman

Increasing convergence between imagined and executed movement across development: Evidence for the emergence of movement representations, Karen Caeyenberghs, Peter Wilson, Dominique Van Roon, Stephen Swinnen, and Bouwein C. M. Smits-Engelsman


Reliability of a gymnastics vaulting feedback system, Mark Calton, Patria Hume, Elizabeth Jane Bradshaw, and Brad Aisbett

Measuring self-care in chronic heart failure: A review of the psychometric properties of clinical instruments, Janette Cameron, Linda Worrall-Carter, Andrea Driscoll, and Simon Stewart

Testing a model of patient characteristics, psychologic status, and cognitive function as predictors of self-care in persons with chronic heart failure, Janette Cameron, Linda Worrall-Carter, Barbara Riegel, Sing Kai Lo, and Simon Stewart


Evidence of effectiveness of herbal medicinal products in the treatment of arthritis. Part 1: Osteoarthritis, Melanie Cameron, Joel J. Gagnier, Christine V. Little, Tessa J. Parsons, Anette Blumle, and Sigrun Chrubasik

Evidence of effectiveness of herbal medicinal products in the treatment of arthritis. Part 2: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Melanie Cameron, Joel J. Gagnier, Christine V. Little, Tessa J. Parsons, Anette Blumle, and Sigrun Chrubasik

Identifying mental health services in clinical genetic settings, Mario Cappelli, Mary Jane Esplen, Brenda J. Wilson, Michel Dorval, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, M. Ly, June C. Carroll, Judith Allanson, Eliza Humphreys, and Daniel Rayson

Measuring voice outcomes: State of the science review, Paul Nicholas Carding, Janet A. Wilson, K. MacKenzie, and Ian J. Deary

Cholesterol complacency in Australia: Time to revisit the basics of cardiovascular disease prevention, Melinda Jane Carrington, Claudia Retegan, Colin I. Johnston, Garry L. Jennings, and Simon Stewart

BJSM reviews: A-Z of supplements: Dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance Part 2, Lindy M. Castell, Louise M. Burke, and S. J. Stear


After hours palliative care provision in rural and urban Victoria, Australia, Lisa Ceichomski, Heather Margaret Tan, Margaret O'Connor, Gail Miles, Britt Klein, and Peter Schattner


Testing theories of dietary behavior change in youth using the Mediating Variable Model with intervention programs, Ester Cerin, Anthony Barnett, and Tom Baranowski

Patient motivation and adherence to postsurgery rehabilitation exercise recommendations: The influence of physiotherapists' autonomy-supportive behaviors, Derwin K. Chan, Christopher Sean Lonsdale, Po Y. Ho, Patrick S. Yung, and Kai M. Chan

Predicting changes in the health-related quality of life of Chinese depressed older people, Sally Chan, Helen Chiu, Wai Chien, William Goggins, David Thompson, and Benny Hong

Predictors of change in health- related quality of life among older people with depression: A longitudinal study, Sally Chan, Helen Chiu, Wai Chien, William Goggins, David Thompson, and Benny Hong

Subjective health-related quality of life of Chinese older persons with depression in Shanghai and Hong Kong: Relationship to clinical factors, level of functioning and social support, Sally Chan, J. I. A. Shoumei, Helen Chiu, Wai Chien, David Thompson, Yan Hu, and Linda Lam

Consequences of workplace violence directed at nurses, Rose Chapman, Laura Perry, Irene Styles, and Shane Combs

Determinants of participation restriction among community dwelling stroke survivors: A path analysis, Janita Chau, David Thompson, Sheila Twinn, Anne Chang, and Jean Woo

A patient-reported outcome to assess the impact of oropharyngeal mucositis on health-related quality of life: A longitudinal psychometric evaluation, Karis Cheng, S. F. Leung, Raymond Liang, Josepha Tai, Rebecca Yeung, and David Thompson

Measuring the symptom experience of Chinese cancer patients: A validation of the Chinese version of the memorial symptom assessment scale, Karis Cheng, Eric Wong, W. Ling, Carmen W. H. Chan, and David Thompson

A longitudinal study into the link between adolescent personality and peer-rated likeability and adjustment: Evidence of gender differences, Joseph Ciarrochi and Patrick Charles Lionel Heaven

A longitudinal study into the interplay between problem orientation and adolescent well-being, Joseph Ciarrochi, Peter Leeson, and Patrick Charles Lionel Heaven

Qualitative research: What it is and what it can contribute to cardiology in the young, Alexander Michael Clark

Effectiveness of secondary prevention programmes in CHD, Alexander Michael Clark, Hayes M. Dalal, William Dafoe, James A. Stone, and Robert J.P. Lewin

Socioeconomic status and cardiovascular disease: Risks and implications for care, Alexander Michael Clark, Marie DesMeules, Wei Luo, Amanda S. Duncan, and Andy Wielgosz

Patient and informal caregivers' knowledge of heart failure: Necessary but insufficient for effective self-care, Alexander Michael Clark, C. Nicole Freydberg, Finlay A. McAlister, Ross T. Tsuyuki, Paul W. Armstrong, and Lauren A. Strain

What is strength of evidence for heart failure disease- management programs?, Alexander Michael Clark, Lori A. Savard, and David Robert Thompson

The effect of training status on inter-limb joint stiffness regulation during repeated maximal sprints, Ross Allan Clark

Assessment of mechanical strain in the intact plantar fascia, Ross Allan Clark, Andrew Franklyn-Miller, Eanna C. Falvey, Adam L. Bryant, Simon Bartold, and Paul McCrory

Different ways to balance the spine: Subtle changes in sagittal spinal curves affect regional muscle activity, Andrew Claus, Julie Hides, G. Lorimer Moseley, and Paul Hodges

Is 'ideal' sitting posture real?: Measurement of spinal curves in four sitting postures, Andrew Claus, Julie Hides, G. Lorimer Moseley, and Paul Hodges

Effect of consecutive repeated sprint and resistance exercise bouts on acute adaptive responses in human skeletal muscle, Vernon Glenn Coffey, Bozena Jemiolo, Johann Edge, Andrew P. Garnham, Scott W. Trappe, and John Alan Hawley

Consecutive bouts of diverse contractile activity alter acute responses in human skeletal muscle, Vernon Glenn Coffey, Henriette Pilegaard, Andrew P. Garnham, Brendan J. O'Brien, and John Alan Hawley


The x-factor and its relationship to golfing performance, Michael H. Cole and Paul N. Grimshaw

Does the type of reading instruction have an influence on how readers process print?, Vincent Connelly, Brian Thompson, Claire Fletcher-Flinn, and Michael McKay

Hemispheric contributions to semantic activation: A divided visual field and event-related potential investigation of time-course, Erin Conway, Helen Chenery, Anthony Angwin, and David Copland

Measuring the psychological consequences of breast cancer screening: A confirmatory factor analysis of the psychological consequences questionnaire, Andrew Cooper and Helen Aucote


Measuring and supporting quality of life, Mary Denise Courtney, Duncan Boldy, Wendy Moyle, and Maria T. O'Reilly

Fewer emergency readmissions and better quality of life for older adults at risk of hospital readmission: A randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a 24-week exercise and telephone follow-up program, Mary Courtney, Helen Edwards, Anne Chang, Anthony Parker, Kathleen Finlayson, and Kyra Hamilton

The relationship between clinical outcomes and quality of life for residents of aged care facilities, Mary Courtney, Maria O'Reilly, Helen Edwards, and Stacey Hassall

Living the experience of breast cancer treatment: The younger women`s perspective, E. Coyne and Sally Borbasi

Effect of local, long-term delivery of plateletderived growth factor (PDGF) on injected fatgraft survival in severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice, Randall O. Craft, John Rophael, Wayne A. Morrison, Aditya V. Vashi, Geraldine M. Mitchell, and Anthony J. Penington

Visual information for action planning in left and right congenital hemiparesis, Celine Craje, John van der Kamp, and Bert Steenbergen

The literature, Rhonda Gai Craven

Development and test-retest reliability of an extended version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ-E): A screening instrument for musculoskeletal pain, Anna P. Dawson, Emily J. Steele, Paul W. Hodges, and Simon Stewart

Chemical, microstructural and strength development of calcium and magnesium carbonate binders, Premalatha De Silva, L. Bucea, and V. Sirivivatnanon

The role of Al2O3, SiO2 and Na2O on the amorphous -> Crystalline phase transformation in geopolymer systems, Premalatha De Silva and Kwesi Sagoe-Crenstil

When winning is everything: On passion, identity, and aggression in sport, Eric G. Donahue, Blanka Rip, and Robert J. Vallerand

Parental perspectives on disability: The story of Sam, Anna and Marcus, Heather Douglas and Sally Ann Barbasi

Dementia Initiative National Evaluation, Colleen Joy Doyle

International perspectives on dementia education, training and knowledge transfer: Guest Editorial, Colleen Joy Doyle

An overview and summary of the National Evaluation of the Dementia Initiative - Main findings - Final report, Colleen Joy Doyle, Susan Day, David Dunt, Rosemary McKenzie, Pauline van Dort, Katie Yates, Lynne Pezzullo, Janet Opie, Richard Rosewarne, Cecily Hunter, and Vanessa White

Dementia Initiative National Evaluation: Overview and summary of main findings, Colleen Joy Doyle, Susan Day, David Dunt, Pauline van Dort, Rosemary McKenzie, Lynne Pezzullo, Richard Rosewarne, Janet Opie, Cecily Hunter, and Vanessa White

Evidence-based chronic heart failure management programs: Reality or myth?, Andrea Driscoll, Linda Worrall-Carter, David Hare, Patricia Davidson, Barbara Riegel, Andrew Tonkin, and Simon Stewart

Role stressors and burnout: Effects of social relationships, Philippe Dubreuil, Marie-Christine Laughrea, Alexandre Morin, François Courcy, and Olivier Loiselle


Overweight children have a greater proportion of fat mass relative to muscle mass in the upper limbs than in the lower limbs: implications for bone strength at the distal forearm, Gaele Ducher, Shona L. Bass, Geraldine A. Naughton, Prisca Eser, Richard D. Telford, and Robin M. Daly

Relationship between indices of adiposity obtained by peripheral quantitative computed tomography and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in pre-pubertal children, G. Ducher, Robin M. Daly, B. Hill, Prisca Eser, Geraldine A. Naughton, Karen J. Gravenmaker, Markus J. Seibel, Ahmad Javaid, Richard D. Telford, and Shona L. Bass

Embodiment and play in designing an interactive art system for movement rehabilitation, Jonathan Duckworth and Peter Henry Wilson

Patients' and nurses' perspectives on oxygen therapy: A qualitative study, Glenn Eastwood, Beverley O'Connell, Anne Gardner, and Julie Considine

Nursing considerations for dual diagnosis in mental health, Karen-Leigh Edward and Ian Munro

The phenomenon of resilience as described by adults who have experienced mental illness, Karen-Leigh Edward, Anthony Welch, and Keri Chater

A randomised controlled trial of a community nursing intervention: Improved quality of life and healing for clients with chronic leg ulcers, Helen Edwards, Mary Courtney, Kathleen Finlayson, Patricia Shuter, and Ellie Lindsay

Addressing the challenges faced by early adolescents: A mixed-method evaluation of the benefits of peer support, Louise Anne Ellis, Herbert Warren Marsh, and Rhonda Gai Craven


Prospective and retrospective memory complaints in mild cognitive impairment and mild alzheimer's disease, Anne Eschen, Mike Martin, Ursula Schreiter Gasser, and Matthias Kliegel

Discourses of anxiety and transference in nursing practice: The subject of knowledge, Alicia Evans, David Pereira, and Judith Parker

The voice handicap index with post-laryngectomy male voices research report, Eryl Evans, Paul Nicholas Carding, and Michael Drinnan