Peter Mac and University of Melbourne Nursing Seminar Series 2023

Nursing Innovations for Health Services Research: Examples from the Field

Equitable access to health care is a key indicator of safety and quality of care and is fundamental to the performance of our health system. Nurses work at the intersections between primary, community and the acute health services and therefore play an important role in navigating prompt access and advocating for system improvements that meet the needs of all people seeking health care. This year the Department of Nursing, The University of Melbourne and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre are proud to co-host a public Nursing Seminar Series event that will explore the concept of fair health care and the critical role that nurses play in closing the equity gap. 
Our four-part series aims to: 

  1. Explore the design, implementation, and evaluation of nurse-led models of care that address equity of access to health care for vulnerable populations
  2. Consider strategies to optimise nurses’ scope of practice to enable better access to healthcare
  3. Foster networking and collaboration among clinicians, researchers and students with an interest in health services research focussed on advancing equity of access to healthcare.

Nursing Seminar Series: Thursday 19 October - Professor Mei Krishnasamy and colleagues

Panel: ‘Social determinants of health - routine data collection and its capacity to inform service redesign and models of care.’  
4pm to 6pm 
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 
305 Grattan Street, Melbourne (level 7) 
Register to attend or stream online  

Titled ‘Social Determinants of Health’, this seminar will explore healthcare equity, the lack of representative diversity in administrative and health research datasets, and opportunities to raise awareness about disadvantage at point of care.

A panel discussion will focus on issues of access to care from regional and multicultural perspectives, and for patients experiencing disadvantage.


  • Professor Mei Krishnasamy, Professor of Nursing, Peter Mac
  • Associate Professor Karla Gough, Principal Research Fellow, Department of Health Services Research, Peter Mac
  • Associate Professor Ian Collins, Medical Oncologist, South West Regional Cancer Centre
  • Piergiorgio Moro, Multicultural Health and Support Services Coordinator, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
  • Dr Polly Dufton, Clinical Nurse Consultant and Nurse Researcher, Austin Health

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