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Kathleen Finlayson

Dr Kathleen Finlayson has over 30 years of accumulated experience in:

Nursing and midwifery, particularly care of older adults and community nursing;
Preparing successful grant applications including the National Health & Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, National Institute of Clinical Studies and a CRC submission;
Implementing research projects covering a range of methodologies, including randomised controlled trials, quasi-experimental studies, translational research, systematic reviews, longitudinal studies, evaluations of health service models of care and studies combining multidisciplinary teams from the biological sciences, health sciences and biomedical engineering
Analysing data, including survival analysis, multivariable modelling and qualitative data analysis;
Supervising post graduate students;
Managing projects; and,
Managing staff.
In 2013 Dr Finlayson was awarded an NH&MRC Early Career Fellowship because of her demonstrated ability to conduct research that informs evidence based practice in a clinical setting. Her commitment and dedication to the management of chronic wounds – in particular, the prevention of leg ulcers in patients with chronic peripheral vascular disease and the evaluation of health service models for patients with chronic wounds, has contributed to QUT’s Wound Healing and Community Outreach Service Program becoming an Australian leader in its field.

Industry Research Activities

Her research interests and project areas undertaken in partnership with industry include chronic wound care interventions and models of care, interdisciplinary research across cell/molecular biology and health, chronic disease management, preventing emergency health service use in older adults, systematic reviews, evaluating methods of implementation of evidence basedpractice and translational research.

Project Highlights

2013–2017: Preventing recurrence of leg ulcers in older adults with peripheral vascular disease: identifying predictors and evaluating strategies. NHMRC Early Career Fellowship – Australian Public Health Fellowship.

2014 – 2015: A holistic approach to healing wounds: Identifying the relationships between symptom clusters, biological markers and their impact on chronic wound healing. Princess Alexandra Research Foundation.

2012–2015: Development and validation of risk assessment tools to guide management and prevention of venous leg ulcers. Wound Management Innovation CRC.

2012–2015: Improving wound management for residents in RACFs: National dissemination and implementation of the evidence based Champions for Skin Integrity Program. Department of Health and Ageing.

2013–2014: Identifying effective new interventions to prevent recurrence of venous leg ulcers in adults with chronic venous insufficiency. Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grants.

2011–2014: Effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for healing chronic venous leg ulcers. Wound Management Innovation CRC.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology