Gillian Harvey

Professor Gillian Harvey

Professorial Research Fellow

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Gill is a Professorial Research Fellow in Adelaide Nursing School at the University of Adelaide. Gill has a clinical background in nursing; previous posts in the UK include working as the Director of the Royal College of Nursing’s Quality Improvement Programme, Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care and Professor of Health Management at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.
Gill’s teaching and research interests are in the field of quality improvement, knowledge translation, facilitation and implementing evidence-based practice in in health care. She has published widely on these topics and was one of the developers of the widely used ‘Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARIHS)’ framework. Gill was recognised in the Social Sciences category of the 2014 Thomson-Reuters listing of highly cited researcher for her work in the field of knowledge translation.

My research
Research Interests:
  • Knowledge translation and mobilisation
  • Implementation science
  • Evidence-based health care
  • Facilitating change
  • Quality improvement
Current research projects in the areas of:
  • Evaluating facilitation as an implementation strategy in the management of clinical deterioration in acute care
  • Reducing non-beneficial care at end-of-life in inpatient hospital settings
  • Translational research to reduce avoidable rehospitalisations and unplanned admissions in South Australia
  • Studying the early development of Academic Health Centres in Australia
  • Developing and evaluating a person-centred, locally relevant approach to integrated care for older people using a co-design strategy
  • Evaluating a facilitation strategy to reduce geriatric syndromes in older inpatients
  • Citation analysis and review of the PARIHS framework
Research Grants Awarded
2019 Harvey G, Bourke A, Marshall A. “There’s something missing in the middle”: Co-designing solutions that meet the needs of older people during transitions of care between hospital and the community. The Hospital Research Foundation. 2019-2020 $190,141

Crotty M, Whitehead C, Harvey G, Lynch E, Laver K. STAAR-SA: State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalisations and Unplanned Admissions: an Integrated Knowledge Translation project across South Australia. MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant. 2019-2021


Brown A, Pain T, Edelman A, Harvey G, Larkins S. Linking research engagement with health system performance: an evaluation of research investment at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. Townsville Hospital and Health Service Study, Education and Research Trust Fund, 2019-2020


Schultz T, Harvey G, Wiechula R, Rachmawati K, Hadisuyatmana S. Improving evidence use in Puskesmas (health centres) in South Kalimantan. Australia-Indonesia Institute. 2018-2019

2018 Graves N, Hillman K, Wilmott L, White B, Harvey G, Calloway L, Cardona-Morrell M, Barnett A, Lee X. Reducing Non-Beneficial Treatment at the End-of-Life, NHMRC Partnership Grant, 2018-2020 $504,187



Harvey G, Marshall A, Rawlins K, Mittinty, M. Local Innovative Solutions to ENhance integrated care. Hospital Research Foundation. 2017-2018 $25,000

Bucknall, T., Hutchinson, A.M., Harvey, G., Considine, J., Mitchell, I., Rycroft-Malone, J., Graham, I., Mohebbi, M. & Watts, J. Prioritising Responses Of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO), National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project Scheme. 2016-2018


Harvey G, Kitson A.  Building nursing leadership capacity for innovation and evidence-based practice. Northern Communities Health Foundation Health Foundation, South Australia. Start date January 2015.


Grande G, Ewing G, Green K, Harvey G, Austin L, Pilling M, Varvel S.  Factors associated with successful implementation of a Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) in Hospice Home Care (HHC).Dimbleby Cancer Care, 2013-2014..


Chambers N, Harvey G, Mannion R. Towards a framework for enhancing the performance of NHS boards: a synthesis of the evidence about board governance, board effectiveness and board development. NIHR SDO programme, 2010-2011. 


Rycroft-Malone J, McCormack B, Dopson S, Thompson C, Harvey G, Baker R, Burton C, Graham I, Staniszewska S. CLAHRCs in action: process, impact and theory development. NIHR SDO programme from 2009-2013.


Llewellyn S, Howes A, Proctor A, Gonzalez V, Harvey G. Negotiating the organisational and policy context for successful technology adoption in the NHS. NIHR SDO programme, 2009-2012.


Seers K, Harvey G, Rycroft-Malone J, McCormack B, McCarthy G, Wallin L, Estabrookes C, Titchen A, Cox K. Facilitating Implementation of Research Evidence. EU, FP7-Health-2007-B, 2008-2012

3 million euros




Current teaching:
  • Short courses in Knowledge Translation
  • M.NursSc Knowledge Translation
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Improving Medication Adherence for Adults with Hypertension using Behavioural Economic Insights Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jackie Roseleur
    2018 Principal Supervisor Factors Influencing Nurses’ Intention to Work in the Oncology Specialty: A Mixed Method Study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Omar Awadh M Alrasheedi
    2018 Principal Supervisor Factors influencing self-management of adults living with HIV on Antiretroviral Therapy: a mixed methods study in Northwest Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Habtamu Abera Areri
    2018 Principal Supervisor Attitudes and Perception of Difficulties and Facilitators of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Implementation Among Saudi Staff Nurses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nader Eqaab D Alotaibi
    2018 Co-Supervisor Midwives' and Maternity Nurses' Knowledge, Practices and Attitudes Toward Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour to Prevent Postpartum Haemorrhage in Oman; A Mixed Method Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Noora Saleh H Al-Jabri
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor How to Implement and Sustain Better Oral Health in Home Care for Older People: A Realist Mixed Method Case Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Adrienne Lewis
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Implementing Interventions in Indigenous Primary Health Care: A Realist Evaluation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Louise Ann Clark
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member NHMRC Assigners Academy
    2016 - ongoing Member Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Research Committee
    2015 - ongoing Chair Adelaide Nursing School Research and Research Training Committee
    2015 - ongoing Member Adelaide Nursing School Executive Committee
    2008 - 2013 Member NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), Greater Manchester
    2007 - 2010 Member Healthcare Associated Infection Research Network, National Priorities Advisory Group, UK
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ)
    1981 - 2005 Member Royal College of Nursing United Kingdom
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2008 - ongoing Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Board Member International Journal of Health Policy and Management
    2003 - ongoing Board Member Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
    1999 - 2003 Associate Editor Quality and Safety in Health Care (now BMJ Quality and Safety)
  • Position: Professorial Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83130267
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 3988
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6068.01
  • Org Unit: Nursing

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