I am Professor Bodil Rasmussen and I am Chair in Nursing in the Western Health Partnership. In this role, I lead the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre with the main aim to conduct collaborative clinical research and provide staff and students the opportunity to engage in clinically focused, multidisciplinary research across acute, chronic, rehabilitation, primary and community healthcare settings.
My research program has two arms. One program focuses on empowering people with chronic and complex conditions to self-managing their condition by using technologies. The second program focuses on implementation of research evidence into practice using different approaches to increase the uptake of research by clinicians to improve patient outcomes.
Another key activity at the Centre, is to build research capacity among nurses and midwives by supporting research projects and supervision of Bachelors of Nursing (Honours), Master of Nursing Practice and PhD students. The Centre therefore provides academic and professional leadership to staff and students and recognises the importance of combining expertise from industry, community and academia to inform the quality, best, right and safe healthcare delivery.
Additionally, the centre foster interdisciplinary and international research collaborations. We are currently engaged in numerous multidisciplinary and international research projects. We also receive international visitors and scholars that collaborate with clinicians at Western Health to establish common ground for research that improve patients experience and delivering evidence-based care.
Prof Rasmussen is active participating member in following organisations:
Australian Diabetes Educators Association
Australian Diabetes Society
The Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society
Fellow, College of Nursing, Australia
Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group (Europe)
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes