Professor Christine Duffield [RN, BScN (Western) MHP (UNSW), PhD (UNSW)] is a highly regarded health services researcher, known internationally for her research in nursing workforce. She led the first study in Australia which examined the relationship between nursing numbers, the mix of staff and patient and staff outcomes. Other funded research projects include defining advanced practice in a range of clinical facilities, the impact of adding nursing support workers, the costs and consequences of nursing turnover, factors impacting on nurses health and the role of nurse managers and leaders in ensuring positive patient and staff outcomes. She is well knwon for her capacity to translate her research findings into management and clinical practice across a range of care facilities nationally and internationally.
She has over $9M in research funding and currently holds ARC-linkage grants as a Chief Investigator. Christine supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students in a range of topics related to nursing workforce and service delivery such as workforce reform in the emergency department, the impact of patient movements on nursing workload, impact of the ICU "hot floor" on staff and patient outcomes, the expanded role for practice nurses, retention and the aging workforce and span of control and nursing autonomy. She is also involved in teaching health service management students.
Fellow - American Academy of Nursing, Australian College of Nursing, Australian Institute of Company Directors