Meet our leading researchers

The Patient-Centred Health Services group brings together key research staff across a diverse range of specialty areas. Our broad, multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to deliver improved patient outcomes.


Professor Wendy Chaboyer

Experienced acute care nurse researcher focusing on patient safety including patient centred care, clinical handover and pressure injury prevention.


Associate Professor Lauren Ball

Associate Professor Ball is a primary health care researcher with clinical experience in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at Griffith University (until 2019); an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University of Queensland and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Cambridge (UK).


Professor Ann Bonner

Prof Ann Bonner is an internationally recognised nephrology nurse researcher whose interdisciplinary research program focuses on improving outcomes for people along the trajectory of chronic kidney disease; from slowing disease progression to kidney replacement therapies and to end-of-life care.

Dr Pauline Calleja

Pauline’s research focuses include clinical teaching and learning, emergency and trauma care, rural and remote practice and clinical practice change with a specific focus on information transfer, handover and documentation, and transition to practice.

Dr Peter Collins

Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics and an Accredited Practising Dietitian. His research focuses on the detection and management of disease-related malnutrition across the healthcare continuum (hospital to home) and he is recognised as a leading researcher in the field of nutrition support and respiratory disease.

Professor Marie Cooke

Professor Cooke’s has a strong client-focused clinical research profile as well as educational research with clinicians to implement evidence into practice. Her clinical research is focused on symptom management (for example, anxiety, pain, nausea and vomiting).

Professor Julia Crilly

Julia Crilly is Professor of Emergency Care, a joint appointment between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health. Her research focuses on evaluating innovative service delivery models of care for vulnerable population groups as well as understanding and improving aspects of the ED workforce.

Dr Elizabeth Forster

Dr Elizabeth Forster’s research interests include paediatric nursing, paediatric pain and palliative care. Her PhD explored parent and multidisciplinary perspectives of bereavement support surrounding child loss. Current research with LCCH Nurse Practitioner Acute Pain Service investigates children’s pain post-discharge.

Professor Brigid Gillespie

Professor Brigid Gillespie is the inaugural conjoint Professor of Patient Safety at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast. Professor Gillespie’s research focuses on surgical wounds/dressings, pressure injury prevention, and communication in surgery.

Associate Professor Laurie Grealish

Associate Professor Laurie Grealish leads the subacute and aged nursing research program at Gold Coast Health. She researches in the areas of the care of older people in the health system, end-of-life care, and work-based learning. She is a past NHMRC TRIP Fellow.

Dr Sohil Khan

Dr Sohil Khan is a translational researcher in evidence-based quality use of medicines, pharmacovigilance and patient-oriented outcomes that matters. His key strength in youth mental health is reflected through practice change, high impact Cochrane reviews and ongoing interdisciplinary collaborative practices.

Dr Sharon Latimer

Dr Sharon Latimer is a Research Fellow in Patient Safety in Nursing. Her research areas include pressure injuries, medication safety, patient participation and adult education. She has methodological experience in quantitative (surveys, observations), qualitative (interviews) and mixed methods (meta-synthesis).

Dr Frances Lin

Dr Frances Lin is an experienced critical care educator. Her research interest is in implementation science and designing complex interventions in pressure injury, wound care and infection prevention in the acute and critical care settings.

Professor Andrea Marshall

Andrea is an experienced nurse researcher holding a joint appointment with Gold Coast Health. Her research interests include improving outcomes for critically ill patients and their families, improving nutrition intake and using knowledge translation strategies to implement evidence into practice.

Professor Marion Mitchell

Marion holds a joint appointment as Chair of Critical Care with the Princess Alexandra Hospital and School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her clinical research focuses on patient/family-centred care and delirium using mixed methods, randomised control trials or qualitative research methods.

Dr Helen Petsky

Helen's research interests include paediatric respiratory disease, specifically Australian First People respiratory disease. Her research has been cited in several International guidelines including Asthma and Cough. She is recognised internationally as an expert in exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO).

Dr Jamie Ranse

Jamie’s research is recognised internationally, focusing on emergency health care, primarily in the areas of high visibility, high consequence events that are either planned (such as mass gatherings / major events) or unplanned (such as disasters).

Dr Kristen Ranse

Dr Kristen Ranse is a Lecturer in Nursing at Griffith University. Her research interests include end-of-life care and palliative care service provision across multiple settings. Dr Ranse has expertise in survey development and experience in mixed methods research approach.

Dr Shelley Roberts

Dr Shelley Roberts is an early career researcher and Accredited Practising Dietitian. Her research focuses on improving nutrition among hospitalised patients, patient participation in care and integrated knowledge translation.

Jessica Schults

Jessica is a research fellow with Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Her research focuses on topics related to paediatric anaesthesia including airway interventions, peri-operative pain management and vascular access.

Associate Professor Amanda Ullman

Associate Professor Amanda Ullman is a Paediatric Nurse, Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at Griffith University. Her research focuses on the prevention of complications associated with paediatric hospital admissions and promoting recovery for children and families after acute and complex illnesses.

Dr Rachel Walker

Substantive areas of research: skin integrity (including pressure injury prevention and treatment, acute and chronic wounds), vascular access, symptom management (patient clinical deterioration) and electronic health systems. Methodology expertise: quantitative methods (survey, RCT, meta-analysis), qualitative (observational, focus), knowledge translation and systematic Reviews (Cochrane).

Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Dr Zimmerman is an internationally respected clinician, educator and researcher in: infection prevention and control, low- and middle income setting health, emerging infectious disease, outbreak preparedness/response and learning and teaching. Peta-Anne frequently consults for WHO and other international health agencies.

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