Alfred Health ARCH
integrates research, teaching and clinical practice in allied health and nursing. The broad objectives of Alfred Health ARCH are to:
- Provide national and international research leadership in allied health and nursing
- Conduct clinical research that makes a difference to patient outcomes
- Promote interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration in healthcare delivery and research
- Provide a centre of excellence for undergraduate and postgraduate education in nursing and allied health
- Lead the translation of best evidence into clinical practice.
Under the leadership of professorial staff in physiotherapy (Professor Anne Holland, Alfred ARCH Chair), occupational therapy (Associate Professor Natasha Lannin) and nursing (Professor Richard Grey), the La Trobe Clinical School provides allied health and nursing clinicians with postgraduate research opportunities and supervision on site at Alfred Health. This includes access to laboratory space for patient testing, postgraduate student space and access to university resources. La Trobe Nursing and Allied Health undergraduates undertake placements at Alfred Health across a wide range of clinical areas. Postgraduate nursing degrees are also offered in clinical areas that are an Alfred Health priority.
Research programs include:
- Supportive Care for Chronic Lung Disease: Professor Anne Holland leads a research program that aims to optimise health and wellbeing for people with respiratory disease, with a focus on new models for pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Neurological Rehabilitation: Associate Professor Natasha Lannin’s research program is focused on neurological rehabilitation as a means to improve quality of life.
- Implementation Science – developing and testing innovative methods to increase uptake of best evidence into clinical care, with a particular focus on neurological and respiratory conditions