The Practice Development Unit supports the organisation in advancing person-centred care and workplace cultures. Research undertaken by the unit aims to provide an evidence base to inform organisational development with regards to the working environment. Research activities include:

  • undertaking the evaluation of staff wellbeing and development programs
  • leading research projects related to staff health, safety and wellbeing
  • working collaboratively with researchers from leading Australian Universities and other area health services
  • producing high-quality reports and peer-reviewed publications.

The Practice Development Unit also provides support and advice to Justice Health NSW staff with regards to undertaking research and evaluation projects.

Current research projects

  • Forensic mental health nurses’ experience of participating in a clinical supervision program

    Aim: Clinical supervision provides a framework for formal facilitated reflection on professional practice within the provisions of a supportive supervisor-supervisee relationship. The research aims to describe the experience of forensic mental health nurses participating in a clinical supervision program.
  • Forensic mental health nurse exposure to workplace trauma and its impact for individuals and organisations: a study of a high-security in-patient facility

    Aim: Workplace trauma for forensic mental health nurses (FMHNs) includes exposure to traumatic events (directly and observed) and to traumatic material (both in written and auditory format) in their professional role. The research aims to explore the incidence and impact of FMHN exposure to workplace trauma on an organisational and individual level.
  • Outcomes from a meditation-based wellness and compassion program

    Aim: Meditation-based wellness and compassion training may reduce stress and improve wellbeing for nurses. The research aims to investigate the impact of a meditation-based wellness and compassion training program for staff, which focuses on mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing.


Claire Newman

Senior Research Officer

Phone: +612 9700 3831