School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Strategic action plan

Goal Developing research and a culture of inquiry

Targets (average over 3 years)

Staff will normally be required to achieve the following (EFT/year)
StrategiesStrategic requirements

Scholarly Impact
Increase productivity (C1 publications). Based upon a 70/30 model Minimum A: N/AB: 1C: 2D: 3E: 4Aspirational A: 1B: 2C: 3D: 4E: 5
  • Convert conference presentations to C1 publications.
  • Complete team based projects
  • Join review and editorial boards of journals.
  • Mentor novice staff
  • Support student publications.
  • Encourage multiple authorship where applicable
  • Conduct writing workshops.
  • Conduct a yearly Colloquia to show case the School/Faculty’s research activities
Arrange ‘protected time’ for publication activity within an equitable workload plan. Aim to appoint a research manger/research fellow to support research activity. Identify annual date(s) for research/scholarly colloquia
Increase productivity (grants) Based upon a 70/30 model Minimum A: N/AB: $5000C: $10,000D: $20,000E: $30,000 Aspirational A: $2000B: $10,000C: $20,000D: $30,000E: $40,000
  • Collaboration with industry partners.
  • Include at least 1 early carer researcher in grant teams
  • Keep accurate records of submissions grant submissions
  • Access one-on-one grant writing assistance
Aim to appoint a research manger/research fellow to support research activity.
Recruitment and retention of researchers Increase the academic adjunct appointments of both national and international scholars to support research development, publications and grant success. Aim for 5 senior appointments by 2017
  • Offer development initiatives e.g. research courses, and supervisor training.
  • Create collaborative research teams.
  • Ensure supervision is managed by an experienced staff member who supports an inexperienced supervisor.
  • Ensure HDR students are engaged with School activity.
  • Engage national and international scholars as a means to strengthen the School’s scholarship.
Recruitment of staff with research profiles that match the School’s focus. Identify potential scholars to participate in an adjunct role.
Increase number of HDR student enrolments and completion rates. Careful load planning to increase HDR enrolments by 10% per annum. Aim for timely completion rates Ensure that HDR students normally publish at least 1 publication per course of enrolment. Encourage and support APA and other scholarships. To support transition to HDR programs further develop Honours and Masters in Health programs
  • Actively encourage high achieving students to consider HDR studies within the School’s expertise.
  • Provide a high standard of supervision facilities and support for HDR students.
  • Develop Masters of Health curriculum enabling masters by research and PhD transition.
Recruitment strategies to attract quality HDR students. Create stakeholders group Conduct applicable workshops to recruit and support HDR activity. Where possible structure academic staffs’ teaching around HDR studies and avoid changes to their clinical/academic speciality.
Policy impact
ImplementationParticipation/representation on key professional organisations. Advise or provide advice to governments communities and groups on health related policies. Provide an environment in which to work with colleagues in other disciplines within and external to the Faculty.
  • Develop policy critiques
  • Act in advisory capacities to/on Boards, Community Organisations and Local Groups

Consider supportive mechanisms to enable active policy development and dissemination.
Dissemination and translation Participate in dissemination activities for all aspects of inquiry.
  • Initiate partnerships with Health Services
  • Maximise the collaborations with all Health Services.
Formation of  active research groups Recognition of the contributions to changes in practice; e.g. awards nights
Service Impact
Collaboration Disseminate activities to all stakeholders Develop an international research profile.
  • Network with international industry partners
  • Encourage staff to collaborate and present at national and international  conferences
  • Maintain School web page clearly identifying research strengths and priorities.
Offer adequate funding for conference attendance where staff are presenting. Obtain and maintain funding for designated publicity/administrative staff to maintain and update publicity material and web sites.
Dissemination and translation of scholarly work Evaluation of existing health practices
  • Implementation of evaluation processes and outcomes in partnership with stakeholders.
  • Monitoring of impact across/between sectors
Support evaluation studies, demonstration projects, case studies and policy and practice changes.
Scholarly teaching and learning Support develop and encourage scholarly teaching and learning activities. Encourage research generating teaching-learning activities
  • Provide opportunities for academic staff to participate in shared teaching endeavours to encourage innovation.
  • Create opportunities in School meetings for discussion on innovation, pedagogical issues and curriculum.
  • Provide protected time
Create teaching awards; Offer teaching and learning grants Support publications, presentations, and the development of teaching and learning policy.

Approval date 7/9/16: Review date Sept 2017 Bibliography

  • Buykx P, Humphreys J, Wakerman J, Perkins D, Lyle D, McGrail M, Kinsman L. (2012) 'Making evidence count' - A framework to monitor the impact of health services research. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20, 51-58
  • Australian Research Council (2014) Research Impact Principals and Framework. (Accessed 5/8/16)