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Facts & figures

  • 10th in the world for nursing in the ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021.
  • 13th globally for nursing (QS Ranking by Subject 2021)

Research at Sydney Nursing School

Improving the patient experience and impacting health policy
We are committed to the vital role that nurses play throughout a person’s life, and strive to create research that improves patient experience with an impact on health policy.

Research highlights

  • We are currently receiving research funding from over 40 international, federal and local private and public bodies.
  • As a result of the first national report on childhood injury in Australia, led by Professor Kate Curtis, the federal government has included $900,000 of funding for a national injury prevention plan.
  • Research by Associate Professor Thomas Buckley cardiovascular research has revealed that the risk of a heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following a burst of intense anger. His research was published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care and is the first Australian study to investigate the link between acute emotional triggers and high risk of severe cardiac episodes.
  • Professor Yun-Hee Jeon has received a $1,864,344.80 NHMRC Implementation of Dementia Research into Clinical Practice and Care Grant for the I-HARP program. The program is designed to help people with dementia remain at home for longer. 
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Fraser and Associate Professor Timothy Wand have both been awarded a share of the $6.6 million Translational Research Grant Scheme by the NSW Government. Professor Fraser's work will streamline care and assessment of children aged six years and under who are admitted into emergency departments with an injury, and Professor Wand's research will examine the possibility of an innovative model of nurse-led mental health care in emergency departments.

Our research

Our work is closely aligned with the research activities of the faculty, conducted across the following major areas:

  • cancer
  • immunology and infection
  • lifespan and ageing
  • mental health and neuroscience
  • obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic disease.

Other research areas

Our research into sleep and sleep disorders aims to measure the impact of these disorders, as well as the effectiveness of treatments and health system activity related to sleep.


  • Insomnia phenotypes: what are the differences between individuals with insomnia and those without.
  • Sleep and sleep disorder research, including sleep apnoea.


Nurses play a vital role in evaluating and treating acutely ill or severely injured people, as well as managing the social and emotional costs associated with their care.  Our research focuses on identifying common causes of major injuries, the appropriate care of acutely ill people and people with long-term disabilities, and any associated costs. Working collaboratively with clinicians, clients and their families, we aim to conduct meaningful research that can be translated into health policy and practice.

  • Assessing the cost-effectiveness of reducing the cost and harm associated with rib fractures in older people.
  • Factors impacting risk of heart attack.
  • Translational research into child presentations in regional NSW emergency departments.

Centres, institutes and groups

We lead research in cancer and supportive care, and working with cancer and palliative care nurses across NSW to develop their research capacity and skills.

Partly funded by the Cancer Institute NSW, we are a a consortium of the Sydney Nursing School and the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, bringing together the school's strength in cancer and palliative care research with Chris O'Brien Lifehouse's reputation as a centre of excellence in clinical cancer care.

Our research is conducted under four themes:

  • supportive care
  • psychosocial and quality of life
  • models of health care delivery
  • improving research capacity and skills for cancer and palliative care nurses.
Key staff
  • Professor Kate White, NSW Academic Chair in Cancer Nursing

I-HARP is a unique model of care, funded by the Australian government, that aims to help older people with dementia remain healthy and independent in their own homes.

The program combines a range of proven health care strategies into a comprehensive intervention delivered at home. I-HARP clinicians work closely with the person with dementia and their carer to provide client-directed and client-centred care and support. 

Learn more about I-HARP

StepUp for Dementia Research is a research participation and engagement service, a “one-stop shop” that connects individuals – both with and without dementia – with researchers conducting studies into dementia prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and cure. We make it easier for the brightest minds in research to connect with people willing to donate their time. StepUp for Dementia Research is the flagship initiative of a program called Connect Dementia Research Australia (CDR-A). 

StepUp for Dementia Research is now live. Sign up at our website.

For more information, contact

Key staff
  • University College of London (Professor Martin Rossor and Adam Smith, Programs Manager)
  • University of Exeter (Associate Professor Piers Kotting)

Early implementation of StepUp for Dementia Research is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.