Safety and Quality in Health

Safety and Quality in Health

The Safety and Quality in Health research group is based at University of South Australia’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.  We contribute to the University’s Population Health, Practice and Policy theme specifically addressing the key priority of improving health systems and services.

Keeping safety and quality in health as a priority is important to everyone.  Group members are committed to enabling better outcomes for patients/consumers/residents ensuring they receive safer and better care each day, across all parts of our health, community and aged care sectors.  The importance of the group’s practice, outcomes and evaluation projects are in their relevance to people receiving services, clinicians, educators and decision makers. 

We represent diverse perspectives and have demonstrated capacity and success in all research methodologies.  Within our theme of safety and quality, some examples of the group’s research areas include:

  • Acute and critical care
  • Professional practice and workforce development
  • Younger onset dementia
  • Prevention and management of chronic conditions
  • Quality use of medicines
  • Residential and community aged care services

Featured Researcher

October 2018

Carolyn Field 

Carolyn Field

Carolyn Field is the Manager of the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Carolyn has a strong nursing clinical and leadership background with a focus on paediatrics. She previously led the medication safety program within SA Pharmacy and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and has a keen interest in Safety and Quality. She has previously completed the Practitioner in Residence program from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in the USA. She has led the adoption of medication safety practices into the authentic clinician led HHHS with the introduction of specific safe enteral feeding and medication administration equipment, improved accessibility to on line medication resources, developed the Horizon Hospital and Health Service High Risk Medicine list along with integrated the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) into the authentic clinician lead simulated HHHS.

Carolyn has recently led the review of the University of South Australia Medicines Guideline – Medication Administration Scope of Practice guide for clinical facilitator and clinical placement venues supervising nursing and midwifery students in safe medication administration. The guideline includes current best practice and legislative requirements for safe medication management.


Recent Publications

Tsourtos,G., Ward, P.R., Miller, E.R., Hill, K., Barton, C., Wilson, C.J., Woodman, R, 2018 ‘Does resilience moderate the relationship between stress and smoking status? An Australian quantitative study’. Substance Use and Misuse.

Coveney, J., Herbert, D., Hill, K., Mow, K., Graves, N., Barnett, A, 2017, ‘Are you siding with a personality or the grant proposal – observations on how the peer review panels function’.  Research Integrity and Peer Review, Vol 2, no. 19, DOI 10.1186/s41073-017-0043-x.

Hill K, Ward P, Grace BS, Gleadle J, 2017 ‘Social disparities in the prevalence of diabetes in Australia and in the development of end stage renal disease due to diabetes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia and Maori and Pacific Islanders in New Zealand’, BMC Public Health. Vol 11 no. 17(1):802. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4807-5.

Al-Naji, A, Gibson, K & Chahl, J 2017, 'Remote sensing of physiological signs using a machine vision system', Journal of medical engineering and technology, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 396-405.

Al-Naji, A, Gibson, K, Lee, S-H & Chahl, J 2017, 'Real time apnoea monitoring of children using the Microsoft Kinect sensor: a pilot study', Sensors, vol. 17, no. 2, article number 286, pp. 1-15.

Al-Naji, A, Gibson, K, Lee, SH & Chahl, J 2017, 'Monitoring of cardiorespiratory signal: principles of remote measurements and review of methods', IEEE Access, vol. 5, pp. 15776-15790.



Research Students

The Safety and Quality in Health research group has several research students working on projects as a part of their studies with the University of South Australia.

Students interested in undertaking research with the Safety and Quality in Health research group should check the Division of Health Sciences research section for information on how to apply.

Our Research

The Safety and Quality in Health research group contributes to the Univeristy of South Australia's Population Health, Practice and Policy theme specifically addressing the key priority of improving health systems and services.

Read more about our research

Contact Details

Media enquiries:
Please visit the Media Centre 

All other enquiries:
Professor Carol Grech
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of South Australia - City East Campus
T: +61 8 830 22514