Our NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

The National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awarded our team a 5-year Centre of Research Excellence (CRE - App1196436) in Wiser Wound Care. Our CRE was established on 1 January 2021.


Wounds compromise skin integrity, leaving people physically vulnerable and at risk of developing healthcare acquired complications such as various forms of infection. Our vision for the CRE in Wiser Wound Care is to improve the delivery of acute wound care services in hospital. To achieve this vision, we will contribute new knowledge on how to prevent and treat these wounds and ensure this knowledge translates into both policy and practice. We focus on three high-volume, high-risk and high-cost acute wounds that occur in hospitals; pressure injuries, surgical wounds, and intravascular device wounds. Almost all the 11.3 million hospital admissions in Australia each year involve one or more of these wounds.

The focus of this CRE is on acute wound care in hospitals. Specific wounds we target are pressure injuries, surgical wounds and intravascular devices. The main functions of the CRE are to undertake systematic reviews, research and implementation/de-implementation research. We also concentrate on engaging with end-users, both consumers and clinicians in our research and knowledge translation activities and on providing research training.

Chief Investigators

Professor Wendy Chaboyer

Wendy is the Director of the CRE and an experienced nurse researcher who has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and is a lifetime honorary fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

Professor Brigid Gillespie

Brigid is the CRE Deputy Director focusing on surgical wounds and pressure injuries, who has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and ​is a Fellow of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses.

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Professor Elizabeth McInnes

Elizabeth is the CRE Deputy Director for Training and Engagement and the Deputy Director of the Nursing Research Institute - St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne & Australian Catholic University.

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Professor Claire Rickard

Claire is the CRE Deputy Director focusing on vascular access, is the founder of the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) and has been inducted into both the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

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Professor Paul Scuffham

Paul is a health economist, Director of Menzies Health Institute Queensland and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

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Professor Paul Glasziou

Paul is a general practitioner, Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University, and member of the MBS Review Task Force.

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Professor Ian Scott

Ian is a consultant general physician and Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, professor of medicine at the University of Queensland and inaugural chair of the Australian Deprescribing Network.

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Professor Amanda Ullman

Amanda is a paediatric nurse and a NHMRC Early Career Fellow, working to prevent healthcare associated harm for children in hospital, especially from vascular access devices.

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Professor Lukman Thalib

Lukman is a statistician and has been actively leading data analysis on a number of research studies.

Associate Professor Vineet Chopra

Vineet is a physician and Head of the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Michigan, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Society of Hospital Medicine and serves on the Healthcare Infection Control Practice and Advisory Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Associate Investigators

Dr Joan Carlini

Joan is the Foundation Chair of the Consumer Advisory Group, Gold Coast Health, and a Lecturer in Marketing at Griffith University.

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Professor Carolina Weller

Carolina is an experienced international nurse researcher and a previous NHMRC Translation Research Evidence into Practice Fellow.  She is the director of the Wound Research Group at Monash University.

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Associate Professor Haitham Tuffaha

Haitham is a Principal Research Fellow and Health Technology Assessment Leader at the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH), the University of Queensland.

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Dr Rachel Walker

Rachel has a joint appointment with Griffith University and the Princess Alexandra Hospital, with a research focus on skin integrity including pressure injuries and intravascular device care.

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Associate Professor Teresa Withers

Teresa is a neuro-surgeon, the Director of Neurosurgery, ENT surgery, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery and Fascio-Maxillary Surgery at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Health Services and chairs the Queensland Health Southern Zone Surgical Services Committee.

Associate Professor Michael Woodward

Michael is the Director and Clinical Head of the Austin Hospital Chronic Wound Management Clinic and past President of the Australian Wound Management Association.

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Professor Zena Moore

Zena is the Chair in Nursing, Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery and Director of the Skin Wounds and Trauma (SWaT) research Centre at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and a trustee of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

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Professor Fiona Coyer

Fiona holds a joint appointment between the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  She has conducted multiple research projects addressing skin integrity for critically ill patients.

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Ms Edel Murray

Edel is the Assurance and Reliability Program Group Manager at St Vincent’s Health Australia supporting electronic systems to inform clinicians with data to implement and sustain translation research.

Professor Hester Vermeulen

Hester is professor of Nursing Science at Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands focusing her research on quality and safety of care and the professionalism of nurses.

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Senior Research Fellows/Research Fellows

Dr Jill Campbell

Jill is a Senior Research Fellow with a strong wound care clinical background, working to improve harm from hospital-acquired skin injuries.

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Dr Bronwyn Griffin

Bronwyn is a Senior Research Fellow  and a Fellow of the College of Emergency Nurses Australia working along the spectrum of burn care to improve prevention, acute treatment and wound healing especially in paediatrics.

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Dr Georgia Tobiano

Georgia is a Senior Research Fellow, producing high-quality evidence on enabling patient and family engagement in care and research.

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Dr Angela Wan

Angela is a Research Fellow with a dietetic background, working to address low-value wound care using implementation science strategies.

Other team members

Senior Research Assistants

  • Dr Emma Harbeck
  • Grace Xu

Business Support Officer

  • Helen Liu

Research Projects/Grants

Pressure Injuries (PI)

Surgical Wounds

Intravascular Devices (IVD)

NHMRC CRE Wiser Wound Care Governance

Governance model

CRE Expert Advisory Panel

To monitor performance against plans and provide strategic advice to the Coordinating Committee.  The group will also provide advice on quality, direction, any corrective measures and dissemination as well as other assistance as required.

CRE Coordinating Committee

To co-ordinate the research, discuss project developments, identify opportunities to extend the research and collaborations, and locate additional funding opportunities.

CRE Consumer Coordinating Subcommittee

To consider, debate, advise, report and make recommendations regarding CRE engagement with consumers including processes for engaging with consumers; and resources for consumer engagement.

CRE Research Training Subcommittee

To consider, debate, advise, report and make recommendations regarding CRE research training and capacity building activities.

CRE Translation Subcommittee

To identify, facilitate and review strategies focussed on research translation, implementation, dissemination and impact of CRE projects.

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