Paediatric Nursing and Patient Safety

Paediatric Nursing and Patient Safety

Children deserve the best of our healthcare science. They deserve to receive their healthcare, without harm. Our research program aims to eliminate healthcare-associated injuries, such as central line-associated bloodstream infection, thrombosis, extravasation injuries and medication error for children. We are achieving this aim by informing everyday clinical practices with innovation and high quality research trial data, then sustainably and effectively implementing evidence-based care into practice across Australian and international paediatric healthcare.

This program of research is led by Professor Amanda Ullman, Chair of Paediatric Nursing and involves the following projects:




Protect PIVs: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Antimicrobial Dressing in Peripheral Intravenous Catheters(PIVs)(2022–2025) 

Preventing adverse events during paediatric cancer treatment: A multi-site hybrid randomised controlled trial of innovative catheter lock solutions.  (2021–2025) Cancer Council Queensland

Difficult peripheral intravenous catheter insertion: Australian considerations for sustainable implementation of ultrasound guided procedures  (2021–2024) NHMRC Partnership Projects

Peripherally inserted central catheter Innovation to reduce Infections and Clots: the PICNIC trial (2021–2022) NHMRC Project Grant

Preventing healthcare acquired, ventilator- associated conditions in the PICU: Implementation of new airway clearance guidance (2021–2022) The Children's Hospital Foundation

Improving intravenous catheter selection to reduce extravasations in paediatrics: an implementation study  (2021) The Children's Hospital Foundation

Innovation to improve the experience and outcomes of paediatric central venous access devices: the e-Vascular Access Passport (2021) NHMRC Early Career Fellowships


For all general current HDR student queries and enquiries related to applications contact the HDR Liaison Officer: or +61 7 3365 7036

For all enquiries related to research in the School, contact the Senior Administration Officer (Research): or +61 7 3365 3005