The Hunter Medical Research Institute, along with Hunter New England Health and The University of Newcastle, launched a new nursing and midwifery research initiative at the HMRI Building on Friday, October 12.
The BRICs (Building Research and Interdisciplinary Collaborations) Nursing and Midwifery Network will create an active group of researchers with a focus on facilitating interdisciplinary research collaborations and communication, both nationally and internationally.
“The BRICs network will provide an essential support basis for nursing and midwifery research throughout New South Wales,” BRICs Network Co-Chair, Professor Isabel Higgins said.
“The network is important because it has the ability to build capacity for research and clinical innovation within an interdisciplinary framework that is strategically aligned, and which will provide direction to healthcare policy and practice both nationally and globally” Professor Higgins said.
A number of international and national research leaders will present at the launch, including Professor Sally Wai-Chi Chan, Professor and Head of The Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at The National University of Singapore
Professor Chan will be presenting at the BRICs Network launch on her insights on building nursing and midwifery research from an international perspective.
Dr Vanessa McDonald, BRICs Network Co-Chair, said that the launch of a nursing and midwifery research network marks a significant milestone for research in the Hunter.
“With such an exciting range of researchers in the BRICs network, it has the potential to not only build a strong collaboration of local researchers in the field who have never before worked together, but to also put the Hunter on the map as international leaders in nursing and midwifery research,” Dr McDonald said.
The BRICs Research Network has another Seminar planned for early 2013. If you would like any additional information about becoming a member of the Network, please contact Ellie McNamara at HMRI, firstname.lastname@example.org