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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Neurosciences, Bone Joint & Connective Tissue, Rheumatology, Plastics & Trauma Surgery, Cardiovascular

Our Research

CRGH Vascular Surgery
Projects with nursing input to look at outcomes after a range of vascular surgical interventions and services: 
1.Epidemiology and outcomes after vascular surgery in older patients: linked data analysis, systematic reviews, clinical trials. 
2.Phenomenological exploration of the experience of major amputation in patients with peripheral vascular disease. 
3.Patient recruitment for Brief intervention with psychology for claudication (BIP). 
4.Patient recruitment for the PRESERVE Trial - renal prophylaxis for IV contrast. 
5.Medical education projects: virtual anatomy teaching, point of care ultrasound course for JMOs, teaching doctors how to teach course. 
6.Audit of surgical prophylaxis antimicrobials in MRSA positive vascular patients. 
Contact: Sue.monaro@health.nsw.gov.au

RPAH Neurosciences
In October 2015 the management of external ventricular drains changed in the neurosciences ICU from sampling cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) three times a week to sampling CSF only when clinically indicated. A longitudinal cohort non inferior study was performed in 2016 comparing infection rates 12 months before the protocol was changed and 12 months after the protocol was changed. There was no difference in infection rates between the two years but there was a significant  nursing time saving and cost saving of $6800 using the new protocol.

Key Achievements

CRGH Vascular Surgery

  • Strong collaborative links with the University of Sydney in multiple projects. 
  • Inter-departmental cooperation for research with Infectious Disease, Haematology and Renal Medicine. 
  • Publication along with presentations at national and international meetings. 

RPAH Neurosciences

  • Development of a new protocol that saves money and nurses time.


CRGH Vascular Surgery:
Best paper at conference 2016  ANZ Society of Vascular Nursing.
SLHD Nursing and Midwifery Symposium: Highly commended for first presentation at symposium.

RPAH Neurosciences:
Selected for poster presentation at the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses Conference in Croatia, September, 2017.

Research Staff

CRGH Vascular Surgery:
Dr Sarah Aitkin Senior, Lecturer
A/Prof Anthony Freeman
Susan Monaro, Clinical Lecturer

RPAH Neurosciences
Jane Raftesath, CNC Neurosurgery
Marie Goodwin, Neuroscience ICU Registered Nurse
Patrick Tang, Neurosurgery Data Manager

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:

CRGH Vascular Surgery:

  1. Gullick, J., Monaro, S., & Stewart, G. Compartmentalising time and space: A phenomenological interpretation of the temporal experience of commencing haemodialysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  2. Monaro, S., Gullick, J., & West, S.  An Integrative Review of Health-Related Quality of Life in patients with Critical Limb Ischaemia. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2016a.
  3. Monaro, S., Gullick, J., & West, S. Patient outcomes following lower leg major amputations for peripheral arterial disease: A series review. Journal of Vascular Nursing. 2016b (in press).


CRGH Vascular Surgery:

  1. Monaro, S., Ko, N., Pinkova, J., Stomsmoe, N. & Gullick, J. 2017 Using qualitative data to demonstrate patient outcomes in a vascular wound clinic. Paper presented at the Society for Vascular Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee
  2. Monaro, S., Gullick, J., & West, S. 2016b An Integrative Review to develop a better understanding of the experience of Chronic Critical Limb Ischaemia as a basis for improving discussions with patients and families. Paper presented at the Society for Vascular Nursing; Orlando, Florida.  
  3. Monaro, S., Gullick, J., & West, S. 2016a Are PAD HRQoL tools appropriate to use in patients with CCLI: An Integrative Review. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Nursing, Sydney. 
  4. Monaro, S., Ko, N., Pinkova, J., Stomsmoe, N., & Gullick, J. 2016. Mixed methods research to capture patient outcomes in a Vascular Wound Clinic. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Nursing, Sydney.
  5. Monaro, S., White, M., & West, S. 2016 Managing Wounds as a Vascular Team. Paper presented at the Wounds Australia NSW Conference, Sydney.
  6. Monaro, S., Pinkova, J., Gullick, J., & West, S. 2016c The experience of hospitalisation in critical limb ischaemia. Paper presented at the SLHD Nursing & Midwifery Research Symposium. 

Contact: Jerry O'Sullivan

Contact details for department

Department/Unit: Neurosciences, Bone Joint & Connective Tissue, Rheumatology, Plastics & Trauma Surgery, Cardiovascular
Sydney Local Health District
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: Jerry.osullivan@health.nsw.gov.au