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My research interests include emergency department and cardiovascular health care. I am willing to discuss projects with health care professionals in either of these main areas.


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Personal profile


Dr Lisa Kuhn is Associate Professor of Emergency Nursing at Monash University's School of Nursing and Midwifery.  She is a Registered Nurse and Chair (Nursing) of the Monash Emergency Research Collaborative (MERC) at Monash Health.  Lisa is an emergency nurse researcher who has 30 years of clinical, academic and research experience in emergency care.

Lisa’s primary aim and research focus are to ensure equity in early cardiovascular healthcare for women and underserved groups through generating and translating evidence into practice.  This work has flowed on and evolved since research Lisa did during her PhD.  She collaborates widely with emergency, cardiovascular and epidemiologist colleagues to increase access to evidence-based treatment for women’s heart disease, for which she has been asked to speak at numerous events including Heart Foundation and Women’s Health Victoria fora, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Cardiac Seminars, in addition to nursing and medical conferences. 

In her role at Monash University and Monash Health, Lisa is working with a range of talented colleagues in research leadership at the Victorian Heart Institute, where she is also the Co-Lead of the Women's Heart Health Grand Challenge.  In addition, Lisa is conducting research related to opioid overdose interventions in the emergency department, family violence screening and response in the emergency department, and the emergency community’s response to COVID.  She is also working in an Honorary position at Cabrini Health on a sponsor-funded project with Cabrini and Monash Art Design and Architecture colleagues to investigate the use of media-based distraction techniques to reduce the use of chemical and physical restraint for elderly patients who need emergency department care. 

Lisa has received several peer-reviewed scientific awards, postgraduate scholarships and a postdoctoral research fellowship.  She has served on an ethics committee, is a regular peer reviewer for international and national scientific journals and conferences, and has a growing track record in publications and attracting grant support. Lisa is on the Editorial Board of the Australian Critical Care Journal and is a member of a Heart Foundation of Australia expert sub-group to update the national acute coronary syndrome management guidelines.

Current supervision includes students at PhD, Masters and Honours level, using a range quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. Lisa has had a total of eight higher degree research students complete their degrees by thesis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Researcher, Co-chair Monash Emergency Research Collaborative, Monash Health

Sept 2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Emergency Nursing
  • Emergency Management
  • Cardiology
  • Women's Health
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Heart Attack
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Equity
  • Substance Use
  • Family Violence
  • Mental Health

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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