Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery

SYNERGY is the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre based at the Canberra Hospital and is an acknowledgement by ACT Health and the University of Canberra of the need to support a research culture that encourages engagement and collaboration, achieves regular outputs in key focus areas, enhances collaboration with key stakeholders, establishes international links with other centres and develops a strong and successful cohort of higher degree research students.

Our Vision

"To become a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence in research that contributes to the quality, articulation and recognition of the nursing and midwifery professions and the translation of research findings into practice, education and policy."

Research Strengths

Three areas of research focus have been identified as current strengths based on research outcomes including publications in refereed journals, research income and higher degree student enrolments and capacity, and on the status and reputations of the researchers working in those areas.

• Mental Health Nursing and Psychosocial well-being

• Midwifery/Woman Centred Care

• Health workforce, education and quality outcomes 

SYNERGY Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre 2020-21 Annual Report

PDS Alumni
  • Wendy Alder (2017)
  • Esther Lam (2017)
  • Julianne Nissen (2017)
  • Louise Botha (2016)
  • Christine Fowler (2016)
  • Brett Jones (2016)
  • Rachel Longhurst (2016)
  • Katherine Wakefield (2016)
  • Wendy Mossman (2016)
  • Shannon Woodward (2016)
SYNERGY Innovation Scholarship

Do you think a practice or process in your workplace can or should be improved? Do you want to make change happen and you need support? Consider applying for a SYNERGY Innovation Scholarship (SIS)!

The purpose of the SIS is to support Nurses and Midwives to undertake practice or process improvement projects within their work areas. It is essential that recipients receive ongoing support for the project from their direct supervisor, Director of Nursing or Midwifery and an academic mentor.

If you would like to know all about the SIS and how to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), please read the Guidelines

If you would like to submit an EOI for a SIS, please complete the EOI form found here and send to the SYNERGY email at 

EOIs close Saturday 30 April 2022. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SYNERGY at

Jennifer James Memorial Scholarship for Research

SYNERGY: Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, ACT Health in partnership with the University of Canberra, is pleased to offer the Jennifer James Memorial Scholarship for Research to undertake a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program.

One scholarship may be awarded annually.


SYNERGY Research Development Series

Synergy is excited to offer webinars to support healthcare practitioners to develop skills, knowledge and research capability.  This research series includes a range of webinars for all levels of healthcare practitioners to explore innovation in practice, and to champion and lead service design. This research series includes topics to cultivate critical thinking to lead cutting edge research in healthcare. For more information and to register visit Eventbrite.

Nursing & Midwifery Grand Rounds – SYNERGY Research & Practice Development Forum

Each Forum will see two presenters showcasing their research on a wide variety of topics relevant to nurses and midwives. The forums also provide a fantastic networking platform with attendees from various departments across the hospital and academics from the universities. Attendance contributes one hour towards requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for continuing professional development. All are welcome! For more information and to register visit Eventbrite.

Page last updated on: 3 Jun 2022