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Use of standing orders for sexual and reproductive health among nurses in Australia

Standing orders provide a legal written instruction for the administration of medicines by an authorised person in situations to improve consumer care and where a medicine is part of this procedure. Whilst nurses may utilise standing orders as part of their practice, minimal research has been conducted in Australia to understand the contexts in which this occurs and nurses’ views and experiences of this, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and general practice. A study will be undertaken to investigate current use of standing orders for SRH among nurses in Australia in different health settings; to identify barriers and facilitators, explore views of nurses and others in relation to this, and identify opportunities/models for enhancing use of standing orders. Research methods will include interviews with nurses and stakeholders for qualitative analysis.  This project sits within a program of research being undertaken by Professor Mazza in SPHERE, a NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care. This is the first dedicated Centre to lead research that is aimed at improving the quality, safety, and capacity of primary health care services to achieve better outcomes in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Students working under SPHERE will be supported by Professor Mazza's research team, which consists of Post Docs, PhD students, academic registrars and honours students. They will also have the opportunity to be part of a large, multidisciplinary, collaborative team of investigators, which includes prominent national and international researchers and experts working in women’s health, general practice, pharmacy, nursing, epidemiology, knowledge translation, health economics, and policy development.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
Women's health, sexual and reproductive health, contraception, abortion, practice nurse, registered nurse, general practice
Available options 
Masters by research
Masters by coursework
Time commitment 
Physical location 
Notting Hill Campus
Danielle Mazza

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