Nurses improving processes


Macquarie University Hospital receives grant to investigate best practice in pre-admission clinics

Macquarie University Hospital, in partnership with Macquarie University has received research funding to investigate best practice in pre-admission clinics. The grant has been awarded by the HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation, an Australian-based not-for-profit charitable trust established to support health service research.

Commencing this year, nursing researchers will look at pre-admission clinics throughout the world and identify the key assessment criteria that efficiently screens patients prior to admission for their procedures with the aim of avoiding preventable adverse events and better planning for discharge.

Carmel Kennedy, director of clinical services at Macquarie University Hospital believes this research will play an important role in improving hospital processes. “As a result of this research, we hope to develop a new screening tool that will assist in capturing more accurate information; this will facilitate timely admissions which will ultimately improve patient care,” Ms Kennedy explained.

What makes this study unique is that its focus will be purely on nursing – highlighting the important role played by nurses in both the pre-admission and discharge stages of a patient’s hospital stay. “We’re excited as it is our first dedicated nursing research project and we hope it marks the beginning of a very long journey into nursing research at Macquarie University Hospital,” Ms Kennedy explained.

“After submitting an expression of interest in the middle of last year, we were selected for a full submission,” said Ms Kennedy. “It has been a three or four-month process working collaboratively with the Australia School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University, and we are delighted to have received funding for the full research project.”

The HCF Foundation supports health services research that examines how people get access to healthcare, how much healthcare costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The foundation considers the main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organise, manage, finance, deliver high-quality care, reduce preventable adverse events and improve patient safety.