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

Muscle strengthening is not effective in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review, Aline A. Scianni, Jane Margaret Butler, Louise Ada, and Luci F. Teixeira-Salmela

Earning its place as a pan-human theory: Universality of the Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect across 41 culturally and economically diverse countries, Marjorie Seaton, Herbert Warren Marsh, and Rhonda Gai Craven


Festschrift to honor Professor Pierre D. Delmas, E. Seeman, R. Lindsay, and J. A. Kanis

Caffeine and performance in clay target shooting, Bianca Louise Share, Nick Sanders, and Justin Kemp

Endothelial precursor cells home to a vascularized tissue engineering chamber by application of the angiogenic chemokine cxcl12, Jeremy W. Simcock, Anthony Penington, Wayne A. Morrison, Erik W. Thompson, and Geraldine Mitchell

What works in chronic care management: The case of heart failure, Julie Sochalski, Tiny Jaarsma, Harlan M. Krumholz, Ann Laramee, John J.V. McMurray, Mary D. Naylor, Michael W. Rich, Barbara Riegel, and Simon Stewart

Impact of fundoplication versus gastrojejunal feeding tubes on mortality and in preventing aspiratiion pneumonia in young children with neurologic impairment who have gastroesophageal reflux disease, Rajendu Srivastava, Earl C. Downey, Molly O'Gorman, Peter Feola, Matthew Samore, Richard Holubkov, Michael Mundorff, Brent C. James, Peter Rosenbaum, Paul C. Young, and Jonathan M. Dean

Resilience from the perspective of the illicit injection drug user: An exploratory descriptive study, Kelli I. Stajduhar, Laura Funk, Audrey L. Shaw, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, and Joy Johnson

Conservatism and cognitive ability, Lazar Stankov

Large-scale cross-cultural studies of cognitive and noncognitive constructs, Lazar Stankov

Realism of confidence judgments, Lazar Stankov, Jihyun Lee, and Insu Paek

Dimensions of cultural differences: Pancultural, ETiC/EMiC, and ecological approaches, Lazar Stankov and Joohyung Lee

Bodies in the making: Reflections on women's consumption practices in pregnancy, Helen Stapleton and Julia Keenan

(New) family formation and the organisation of food in households: Who does what and why?, Helen Stapleton and Julia Keenan

BJSM reviews: A-Z of nutritional supplements: Dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance Part 3, S. J. Stear, Louise M. Burke, and L. M. Castell


Evaluating the statistical power of goodness-of-fit tests for health and medicine survey data, M. Steele, N. Smart, C. Hurst, and J. Chaseling

Motor imagery training in hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A potentially useful therapeutic tool for rehabilitation, Bert Steenbergen, Celine Craje, Dawn M. Nilsen, and Andrew M. Gordon

Global gene expression in skeletal muscle from well-trained strength and endurance athletes, Nigel K. Stepto, Vernon Glenn Coffey, Andrew L. Carey, Anna P. Ponnampalam, Benedict J. Canny, David Powell, and John Alan Hawley

Population screening for heart disease in vulnerable populations: Lessons from the Heart of Soweto Study, Simon Stewart

Preventing CVD in resource-poor areas: Perspectives from the 'real-world', Simon Stewart and Karen Sliwa

Working with families: From theory to clinical nursing practice, Winsome St John and Karen Flowers

Beyond talk: Creating autonomous motivation through self-determination theory, D N. Stone, Richard Michael Ryan, and Edward L. Deci

A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study examining the effects of a combination nutraceutical formula on cognitive functioning and mood, Con Stough, Christina Kure, Joanne Tarasuik, Jenny Lloyd, Luke Downey, Andrew Scholey, and Keith Wesnes


Integrated care and optimal management of pulmonary arterial hypertension, Geoff Strange, Robin Fowler, Corina Jary, Brad Dalton, Simon Stewart, and Eli Gabbay


Golf Drive Launch Angles and Velocity :3D Analysis Versus a Commercial Launch Monitor, Matthew Sweeney, Jacqueline Alderson, Peter Mills, and Bruce Elliott

The family meeting in palliative care: An instrument for spiritual care, Heather Margaret Tan


After hours palliative care, Heather Margaret Tan, Margaret O'Connor, Gail Miles, Peter Schattner, and Britt Klein

Ricoeur's theory of interpretation: An instrument for data interpretation in hermeneutic phenomenology, Heather Margaret Tan, Anne Wilson, and Ian Olver

GP and nurses' perceptions of how after hours care for people receiving palliative care at home could be improved: A mixed methods study, Heather M. Tan, Margaret M. O'Connor, Gail Miles, Britt Klein, and Peter Schattner

The Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) project: Outline of methods, Richard D. Telford, Shona L. Bass, Marc M. Budge, Donald G. Byrne, John S. Carlson, David Coles, Ross B. Cunningham, Robin M. Daly, David Wayne Dunstan, Rowena English, Robert Fitzgerald, Prisca Eser, Karen J. Gravenmaker, Wayne Haynes, Peter E. Hickman, Ahmad Javaid, Xiaoli Jiang, Tony Lafferty, Mark McGrath, Mary Kay Martin, Geraldine Ann Naughton, Julia M. Potter, Stacey J. Potter, Laurence Prosser, David B. Pyne, Graham J. Reynolds, Philo U. Saunders, Markus J. Seibel, Jonathan E. Shaw, Emma Southcott, Wichat Srikusalanukul, Darryl Stuckey, Rohan M. Telford, Kerry Thomas, Ken Tallis, and Paul Waring

Speech and voice outcomes in oropharyngeal cancer and evaluation of the University of Washington Quality of Life speech domain, Lois H. Thomas, Tony M. Jones, S. Tandon, Paul Nicholas Carding, Derek G. Lowe, and Sarah Rogers

Predicted and observed outcomes in preschool children following speech and language treatment: Parent and clinician perspectives, Nancy L. Thomas-Stonell, Bruce Oddson, Bernadette Robertson, and Peter Rosenbaum

Cardiac rehabilitation: Into the future, David Robert Thompson and Alexander Michael Clark


Translation and validation of two Chinese health-related quality of life instruments in patients with coronary heart disease, David Robert Thompson, Doris R. Yu, Neil B. Oldridge, and Cheuk Man Yu

A time bomb of cardiovascular risk factors in South Africa: Results from the Heart of Soweto Study "Heart Awareness Days", Kemi Tibazarwa, Lucas Ntyintyane, Karen Sliwa, Trevor Gernholtz, Melinda Jane Carrington, David Wilkinson, and Simon Stewart

Alcohol use and related harms in school students in the USA and Australia, John W. Toumbourou, Sheryl Ann Hemphill, Barbara J. McMorris, Richard F. Catalano, and George C. Patton

Does implementation of clinical practice guidelines change nurses' screening for alcohol and other substance abuse?, Duong Thuy Tran, Andrea M. Stone, Ritin Fernandez, Rhonda Griffiths, and Maree Johnson

Changes in general nurses knowledge of alcohol and substance use and misuse after education, Duong Thuy Tran, Andrea M. Stone, Ritin S. Fernandez, Rhonda D. Griffiths, and Maree Johnson

Why fellowship? Peak professional bodies, peer recognition and credentialing in Australia, Ulrich Trautwein, Oliver Ludtke, Herbert Warren Marsh, and Gabriel Nagy

Pre-tissue plasminogen activator blood pressure levels and risk of symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage, Georgios Tsivgoulis, James L. Frey, Murray Flaster, Vijay K. Sharma, Annabelle Y. Lao, Steven L. Hoover, Wei Liu, Elefterios Stamboulis, Anne W. Alexandrov, Marc D. Malkoff, and Andrei V. Alexandrov

Caring in residential aged-care. Qualitative findings from an e-cohort sub-study, Anthony Gerrard Tuckett, Karen Hughes, Jean Gilmour, Desley Hegney, Annette Huntington, and Catherine Turner

Validation of CARE-Q in residential aged-care: Rating of importance of caring behaviours from an e-cohort sub-study, Anthony Gerrard Tuckett, Karen Hughes, Philip J. Schluter, and Catherine Turner

Cohort profile: The Nurses and Midwives e-Cohort Study - A novel electronic longitude study, Catherine Turner, Chris Bain, Philip J. Schluter, Emily Yorkston, Fiona Bogassian, Rod McClurre, Annette Hungtington, Anthony Gerrard Tuckett, Desley Hegney, David Robert Thompson, and Simon Stewart

Passion et controle: Une analyse conceptuelle, Robert J. Vallerand, Genevieve L. Lavigne, and N. Carbonneau

Self-determined motivation in sport and exercise groups, Robert J. Vallerand and Martyn Standage

Effects of bilateral repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on treatment resistant auditory-verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia: a randomized controlled trial, Ans Vercammen, Henderikus Knegtering, Richard Bruggeman, Hanneke M. Westenbroek, Jack A. Jenner, Cees J. Slooff, Lex Wunderink, and Andre Aleman

Quality of life in childhood epilepsy: What is the level of agreement between youth and their parents?, Leonard H. Verhey, D. M. Kulik, Gabriel M. Ronen, Peter Rosenbaum, L. Lach, and David L. Streiner

Conceptual and physical object qualities contribute differently to motor affordances, Guy Vingerhoets, Kim Vandamme, and Ans Vercammen


Outcomes and costs of primary care surveillance and intervention for overweight or obese children: The LEAP 2 randomised controlled trial, Melissa Wake, Louise A. Baur, Bibi Gerner, Kay Gibbons, Lisa Gold, Jane Gunn, Penny Levickis, Zoe McCallum, Geraldine Naughton, Lena Sanci, and Obioha C. Ukoumunne

Curriculum in crisis, pedagogy in disrepair: A provocation, Kim Walker

3',4'-Dihydroxyflavonol improves post-ischaemic coronary endothelial function following 7 days reperfusion in sheep, Sheng Wang, Colleen J. Thomas, Gregory Dusting, Owen L. Woodman, and Clive N. May

Australian nursing curricula and mental health recruitment, Philip Warelow and Karen-Leigh Edward

Quality of life instruments for children and adolescents with neurodisabilities: How to choose the appropriate instrument, Elizabeth Waters, Elise Davis, Gabriel M. Ronen, Peter Rosenbaum, Michael H. Livingston, and Saroj Saigal

Nursing patients with neurological problems, Caroline Leigh Watkins

A multi-method examination of the effects of mindfulness on stress attribution, coping, and emotional well-being, Netta Weinstein, Kirk W. Brown, and Richard Michael Ryan

Can nature make us more caring? Effects of immersion in nature on intrinsic aspirations and generosity, Netta Weinstein, Andrew K. Przybylski, and Richard Michael Ryan

Women's work. Maintaining a healthy body weight, Nicky Welch, Wendy Hunter, Karina Butera, Karen Frances Willis, Verity Cleland, David Crawford, and Kylie Ball

Factors associated with the selection of freely chosen cadence in non-cyclists, Anthony Gerard Whitty, Aron J. Murphy, Aaron J. Coutts, and Mark L. Watsford

Prediction of stage transitions in fruit and vegetable intake, Amelie U. Wiedemann, Sonia Lippke, Tabea Reuter, Benjamin Schuz, Jochen P. Ziegelmann, and Karl Ralf Schwarzer

Disentangling the relation between intentions, planning, and behaviour: A moderated mediation analysis, A. U. Wiedemann, B. Schuz, F. Sniehotta, U. Scholz, and Karl Ralf Schwarzer

Cognitively impaired older adults exhibit comparable difficulties on naturalistic and laboratory prospective memory tasks, Christine M. Will, Peter Gregory Rendell, Sesil Ozgis, Jane M. Pierson, Ben Ong, and Julie D. Henry

The impact of school suspensions: A student wellbeing issue, Geoffrey C. Williams, Christopher P. Niemiec, Heather Patrick, Richard Michael Ryan, and Edward L. Deci


Intensive and critical care nursing perspectives, G. F. Williams, Paul Richard Fulbrook, A. W. Alexandrov, W. Canon Montanez, H. M. Salisu-Kabara, and D. W.K. Chan

Reliability of the Ekblom Soccer-Specific Endurance Test, Morgan D. Williams, Huw D. Wiltshire, Christian Hans Lorenzen, Cameron J. Wilson, Daniel Lawrence Meehan, and Daniel James Cicioni-Kolsky


Horizontal positioning error derived from stationary GPS units: A function of time and proximity to building infrastructure, Morgan Williams and Stuart Morgan

In-session processes in online counselling with young people: An exploratory approach, Robert Williams, Matthew Bambling, Robert King, and Quentin Abbott

Perils and posibilities: Achieving best evidence from focus groups in public health research, Karen Frances Willis, Julie Green, Jeanne Daly, Lara Williamson, and Mridula Bandyopadhyay


Postural stability and gait among older adults with age-related maculopathy, Joanne M. Wood, Philippe F. Lacherez, Alex A. Black, Michael H. Cole, Mei Ying Boon, and Graham K. Kerr


Does school-wide positive behaviour system improve learning in primary schools? Preliminary findings, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Mary Mooney, Katrina L. Barker, and Brenda Dobia

Effects of age and contextualized material on working memory span performance, Melanie Zeintl and Matthias Kliegel

Crowd behaviour at mass gatherings: A literature Review, Kathryn Zeitz, Heather Margaret Tan, M. Grief, P. C. Couns, and Christopher Zeitz

Submissions from 2008

The relationship between early personality and midlife psychological well-being: Evidence from a UK birth cohort study, Rosemary A. Abbott, Tim J. Croudace, George B. Ploubidis, Diana Kuh, Marcus Richards, and Felicia A. Huppert

Cognitive development in young-old type-2 diabetes patients: A longitudinal analysis from the "interdisciplinary Longitudinal study of aging", Ingo Aberle, Matthias Kliegel, and Daniel Zimprich

Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion leads to immediate, stable and long-term changes in metabolic control, I. Aberle, D. Zimprich, B. Bach-Kliegel, C. Fischer, M. Gorny, A. Kliegel, K. Langer, and Matthias Kliegel

Engagement and the Therapeutic Alliance, Jean Addington and David Lewis Penn

Perfusion augmentation in acute stroke using mechanical counter-pulsation-phase iia: Effect of external counterpulsation on middle cerebral artery mean flow velocity in five healthy subjects, Anne W. Alexandrov, Marc Ribo, Kay Sing Wong, Rebecca M. Sugg, Zsolt Garami, Jill T. Jesurum, Baxter Montgomery, and Andrei V. Alexandrov


Social Support and Other Predictors of Police Wellbeing and Key Attitudes :Incorporating Non-linear Mechanisms. and New Zealand, A.F. Allisey, J J. Rodwell, and A Noblet

Obesity effects on depression: systematic review of epidemiological studies, Evan Atlantis and Michael Kevin Baker

An observational study of sitting out of bed in tracheostomised patients in the intensive care unit, Kristopher Bahadur, Gareth Jones, and George Ntoumenopoulos

Executive dysfunction and its association with personality and behaviour changes in the development of Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down syndrome and mild to moderate learning disabilities, Sarah L. Ball, Anthony J. Holland, Peter Treppner, Peter C. Watson, and Felicia A. Huppert

Family-centered theory: Origins, development, barriers and supports to implementation in rehabilitation medicine, Elena L. Bamm and Peter Rosenbaum


Learning about baby: What new mothers would like to know, Margaret Barnes, Jan Pratt, Kathleen Finlayson, Mary Denise Courtney, Barbara Pitt, and Cheryl Knight


Treatment alternatives for overweight and obesity: The role of online interventions, Jacqueline Baulch, Andrea Chester, and Leah Brennan

The mental wealth of nations, John Beddington, Cary L. Cooper, John Field, Usha Goswami, Felicia A. Huppert, Rachel Jenkins, Hannah S. Jones, Tom B. L. Kirkwood, Barbara J. Sahakian, and Sandy M. Thomas


Walking the Talk :The Dynamic of Sustainable Team Relationships in Teacher Education, Trevor Black, Madeline Fisher, Noel Geoghegan, Penny Green, Romina Jamieson-Proctor, John McMaster, Patrick O'Brien, and Penny Richards

Engagement with genetic discrimination: Concerns and experiences in the context of Huntington disease, Yvonne Bombard, Elizabeth Penziner, Oksana Suchowersky, Mark Guttman, Jane S. Paulsen, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, and Michael R. Hayden

Women and prostate cancer support groups: The gender connect?, Joan Lorraine Bottorff, John L. Oliffe, Michael Halpin, Melanie Phillips, Graham McLean, and Lawrence Mroz

Improving early language and literacy skills: Differential effects of an oral language versus a phonology with reading intervention, Claudine Boyer-Crane, Margaret J. Snowling, Fiona J. Duff, Elizabeth Fieldsend, Julia M. Carroll, Jeremy Miles, Kristina Gotz, and Charles Hulme

Biomechanics and consultancy: Sports, clinical and exercise applications, Elizabeth Jane Bradshaw, Anna Murphy, and Kevin Netto

Kinematic predictors of golf swing velocity ., Elizabeth Jane Bradshaw, Jacques Nortje, Michel Marnewick, Patricia Hume, Peter Maulder, and Justin Keogh

Biomechanics and Consultancy :Sports, Clinical and Exercise applications, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Anna Murphy, and Kevin Netto

Voice loudness and gender effects on jitter and shimmer in healthy adults, Meike Brockmann, Claudio Storck, Paul Nicholas Carding, and Michael J. Drinnan

Beyond me: Mindful responses to social threat, Kirk Warren Brown, Richard Michael Ryan, J. David Creswell, and Christopher P. Niemiec

Effects of estrogen on the mechanical behavior of the human achilles tendon in vivo, Adam L. Bryant, Ross Allan Clark, Simon Bartold, Aron J. Murphy, Kim L. Bennell, Erik Hohmann, Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, Craig Payne, and Kay M. Crossley

Dynamic restraint capacity of the hamstring muscles has important functional implications after anterior cruciate ligament injury and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, Adam L. Bryant, Mark William Creaby, Robert U. Newton, and Julie R. Steele

No effect of a graded training program on the number of running-related injuries in novice runners. A randomized controlled trial., Ida Buist, Steef W. Bredeweg, Willem van Mechelen, Koen A. P. M. Lemmink, Gert-Jan Pepping, and Ron L. Diercks

A food pyramid for swiss athletes, Louise Burke

Caffeine and sports performance, Louise M. Burke

Sports nutrition and Australian Football, Louise M. Burke

Sports supplements debate: A risky practice that produces expensive urine or legitimate performance boosts that can be found in a packet or bottle?, Louise Mary Burke