Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research
About Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Research
Welcome to the Centre for Nursing Research and Practice Development Located at Nepean Hospital, Penrith. The Centre was established in 1996 under the title of Clinical Nursing Research Unit, when the then University of Western Sydney (UWS) and Nepean and Wentworth Area Health Service gained competitive funding from NSW Health to establish one Clinical Professor of Nursing position (in a health service in NSW). When the funding was discontinued, the University and the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) Health Service continued to jointly fund the Unit/Centre under a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA). The Unit was renamed the Centre for Nursing Research and Practice Development (CNRPD) by the then District Director of Nursing in 2013 and has since had another name change in March 2018 to the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research (CNMR).
The CNMR works with NBMLHD, the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SoNM), the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), as well as other relevant areas of Western Sydney University.
The purpose of the Centre is to:
- Build research capacity in the NBMLHD and at Western Sydney University through nursing and midwifery research in NBMLHD;
- Affect practice change in nursing and midwifery through translational research strategies;
- Diversify research income through collaborative partnerships;
- Improve ERA performance and quality;
- Develop engagement and impact strategies; and
- Develop theme areas in research.
In addition, the Centre aims to develop a strong narrative that promotes CNMR’s capabilities and articulates their niche in the regional, national and international research landscape. The Centre collaborates with the health sector (NBMLHD; NSW Health; ATSI Health organisations), relevant industry, and the University’s Research Institutes (e.g. THRI), Centres and Groups; and seeks opportunities for Research Fellowships.
Director: Professor Lesley Wilkes
Centre for Nursing Research and Practice Development
First Floor - South Wing - Court Building - Nepean Hospital
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
University of Western Sydney
School of Nursing and Midwifery
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