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 2010

Visuospatial short-term memory explains deficits in tower task planning in high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder, K Zinke, E Fries, Mareike Altgassen, C Kirschbaum, L Dettenborn, and Matthias Kliegel

Children with high-functioning autism show a normal cortisol awakening response (CAR), K Zinke, E Fries, Matthias Kliegel, C Kirschbaum, and L Dettenborn

Forming intentions successfully : Differential compensational mechanisms of adolescents and old adults, J Zollig, Mike Martin, and Matthias Kliegel

Patient guided piezo-electric extracorporeal shockwave therapy as treatment for chronic severe patellar tendinopathy : A pilot study, Johannes Zwerver, Femke Dekker, and Gert-Jan Pepping

Submissions from 2009

Psychological aspects in continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion: A retrospective study, Ingo Aberle, Urte Scholz, Birgit Bach-Kliegel, Christine Fischer, Martin Gorny, Karin Langer, and Matthias Kliegel

Integrate research results and clinical judgement, Louise Ada, Jane Margaret Butler, Aline A. Scianni, and Luci Texeira-Salmela


Babies for the deserving: Developments in foster care and adoption in one Australian state - others to follow?, Frank Ainsworth and Patricia Hansen


Residential programs for children and young people: Their current status and use in Australia, Frank Ainsworth and Patricia Ann Hansen

Effects of starting strategy on 5-min cycling time-trial performance, Brad Aisbett, Peter Freeman Le Rossignol, Glenn K. Mcconell, Chris R. Abbiss, and Rod Snow

Prevalence and risk factors associated with reversed robin hood syndrome in acute ischemic stroke, Andrei V. Alexandrov, Huy Thang Nguyen, Marta Rubiera, Anne W. Alexandrov, Limin Zhao, Ioannis Heliopoulos, Alice Robinson, Jennifer DeWolfe, and Georgios Tsivgoulis

Postgraduate fellowship education and training for nurses: The NET SMART Experience, Anne W. Alexandrov, Mary K. Brethour, Fern Cudlip, Victoria Swatzell, Sharon Biby, Dana Reiner, Terri-Ellen Kiernan, Diane Handler, Susan Tocco, and Joanna Jiehong Yang

Values and the pursuit of sports excellence: Swimmers from Singapore and Australia, Nick Alpin and John E. Saunders

Event-based prospective memory in depression: The impact of cue focality, Mareike Altgassen, Matthias Kliegel, and Mike Martin

Time-based prospective memory in children with autism spectrum disorder, Mareike Altgassen, Tim I. Williams, Sven Bolte, and Matthias Kliegel

Realizing a palliative approach in dementia care: Strategies to facilitate aged care staff engagement in evidence-based practice, Sharon Andrews, Frances Julia McInerney, and Andrew Robinson


Realizing a palliative approach in dementia care: Strategies to facilitate aged care staff engagement in evidence-based practice, Sharon Andrews, Frances McInerney, and Andrew Robinson

Relationships between body fatness, small-screen sedentary activity and regionality among school children in Victoria, Australia, Helen M. Aucote and Andrew Cooper

Physical activity and social connectedness in single-parent families, Denise Azar, Geraldine A. Naughton, and Corey W. Joseph

A review of undergraduate university tobacco control policy process in Canada, Lynne Baillie, Doris Callaghan, Michelle L. Smith, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, Joan Bassett-Smith, Claire Budgen, and Melissa Federsen

Letter: Evidence-based wound care in the UK: A response to David Leaper's Editorial in International Wound Journal April 2009 6(2), Sally Bell-Syer, Marian Brady, Julie Bruce, Nicky A. Cullum, Ruth Foxlee, Andrew Jull, David Margolis, Elizabeth McInnes, Andre Nelson, Susan O'Meara, and Dirk Ubbink

Book review: Community psychology: Challenges, controversies and emerging consensus, Lynda Beverley Berends


Models of supervision: From theory to practice, Herbert Biggs, Matthew Bambling, and Zoe Pearce

Promoting social intelligence using the experiential role-play method, Linda L. Bilich and Joseph Ciarrochi

The role of dual-task and task-switch in prospective memory: Behavioural data and neural correlates, Patrizia S. Bisiacchi, Sami Schiff, Alessia Ciccola, and Matthias Kliegel

Cohesiveness, coach's interpersonal style and psychological needs: Their effects on self-determination and athletes' subjective well-being, Celine M. Blanchard, Catherine E. Amiot, Stephane Perreault, Robert J. Vallerand, and Pierre Provencher

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

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


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


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

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

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 Cole and Paul 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


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

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 Doyle

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

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

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 Jhenry Wilson

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

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