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

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 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


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

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

How does having a partner affect the experience of the work-life interface for mothers :self-efficacy, coping and support, Barry John Fallon and Mary Anglicas

The return to community: Challenges to human service professionals, Barbara Fawcett and Maurice John Hanlon

Implications of evidence-based practice for mental health nursing, Jacklin E. Fisher and Brenda Happell

A research routine to assess bias introduced by low response rates in postal surveys, Rosemary Ford and Gabriele Bammer

Improving nurses' therapeutic attitude to patients who use illicit drugs: Workplace drug and alcohol education is not enough, Rosemary Ford, Gabriele Bammer, and Niels Becker


Improving nurses’ therapeutic attitude to patients who use illicit drugs: Workplace drug and alcohol education is not enough, Rosemary Ford, Gabriele Bammer, and Niels Becker

Repetitive task training for improving functional ability after stroke, Beverley French, Lois H. Thomas, Michael John Leathley, Christopher J. Sutton, Joanna J. McAdam, Anne Forster, Peter J. Langhorne, Christopher I.M. Price, Andrew Walker, and Caroline L. Watkins

Influence of whole body vibration platform frequency on neuromuscular performance of community-dwelling older adults, Trentham P. Furness and Wayne E. Maschette

Experiences of graduate registered nurses in aged care: A case study, Bridget Louise Fussell, Frances Julia McInerney, and Elizabeth Patterson


Experiences of graduate registered nurses in aged care: A case study, Bridget Fussell, Frances McInerney, and Elizabeth Patterson


Physiological and anthropometric characteristics of starters and non-starters in junior rugby league players, aged 13-17 years, Timothy James Gabbett

Physiological and anthropometric correlates of tackling ability in rugby league players, Timothy James Gabbett

Reactive agility of rugby league players, Timothy James Gabbett and Dean Benton

Physiological and anthropometric characteristics of junior elite and sub-elite rugby league players, with special reference to starters and non-starters, Timothy James Gabbett, Jason N. Kelly, Steve Ralph, and Damian Driscoll

Tackling technique, injury risk, and playing performance in high-performance collision sport athletes, Timothy James Gabbett and Peter Ryan

A systematic review of the effectiveness of cutaneous warming systems to prevent hypothermia, Cristina M. Galvuo, Patricia B. Marck, Namie O. Sawada, and Alexander Michael Clark

Maternal mortality surveillance in an inland Chinese province, Yu Gao, Susan Verlie Kildea, Lesley Barclay, Min Hao, and Weiyue Zeng

The status of Australian nurse practitioners: The first national census, Anne Gardner, Phillip R. Della, Sandy Middleton, and Glenn Gardner

Trajectories of affective states in adolescent hockey players: Turning point and motivational antecedents, Patrick Gaudreau, Catherine E. Amiot, and Robert J. Vallerand

Awareness and causal attributions of risk factors for heart disease among immigrant women living in Australia, Leila Gholizadeh, Yenna Salamonson, Linda Worrall-Carter, Michelle DiGiacomo, and Patricia M. Davidson

Motivational clusters and performance in a real-life setting, Nicolas Gillet, Robert J. Vallerand, and Elisabeth Rosnet

Using postgraduate students' evaluations of research experience to benchmark departments and faculties: Issues and challenges, Paul Ginns, Herbert Warren Marsh, Masud Behnia, Jaqueline H.S. Cheng, and L. Francesca Scalas

Seeing both the forest and the trees: A process for tracking individual responses in focus group interviews, Valerie Ann Goodwin and Brenda Happell

Use of the GMFCS in infants with CP: The need for reclassification at age 2 years or older, Jan Willem Gorter, Marjolijn Ketelaar, Peter Rosenbaum, Paul J.M. Helders, and Robert Palisano

Influence of Drop-Landing Exercises on Bone Geometry and Biomechanical Properties in Prepubertal Girls: A Randomized Controlled Study, David A. Greene, Peter N. Wiebe, and Geraldine A. Naughton

The association between degenerative hip joint pathology and size of the gluteus maximus and tensor fascia lata muscles, Alison Grimaldi, Carolyn Richardson, Gail Durbridge, William Donnelly, Ross Darnell, and Julie Anne Hides

The association between degenerative hip joint pathology and size of the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and piriformis muscles, Alison Grimaldi, Carolyn Richardson, Warren Robert Stanton, Gail Durbridge, William Donnelly, and Julie Anne Hides