Professor Anne Gardner - Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Professor Anne Gardner joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University on the Canberra Campus in late 2011 as Professor of Nursing with a research intensive focus. At ACU Anne is chief investigator in nationally funded studies related to nurse practitioner specialty competency teaching and learning and infection control. Anne is also the Director of Research for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.

Prior to the current appointment, Anne spent 4 years as the inaugural Professor of Tropical Health at James Cook University. This was a joint appointment between the university and Townsville Health Service District. Anne has a background in critical care nursing, nurse education and clinical research. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from the ANU. Anne's clinical research interests focus primarily on infection control and wound care. Anne is especially well known nationally and internationally for her collaborative research into nurse practitioner scope of practice.


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Research Interests

Infection control ; Wound care ; Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Models of Practice ;

Methods Expertise

Quantitative Approaches ; Mixed methods ; Epidemiology ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Characteristics of collaboration between nurse practitioners and medical practitioners in primary health care: A mixed-methods case study (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • A randomised controlled trial to determine if specifically designed web-based resources can meet unmet psychosocial needs of women with breast cancer in rural and remote Queensland (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Wound dressing protocols for haemodialysis central wenous catheter exit sites in the tropics: A pilot study (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Topic area: Antimicrobial resistance (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Topic area: Management of CVC's in non-ICU settings (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Topic area: Education of nurse practitioners in aged care (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Facilitating change and evaluating impact during a neonatal intensive care redevelopment (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Nurse practitioner specialty standards: A delphi study (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Healthcare associated urinary tract infections: A protocol for a national point prevalence study, in Healthcare Infection

Investigating chatacteristics of collaboration between nurse practitioners and medical practitioners in primary health care: A mixed methods multiple case study protocol, in Journal of Advanced Nursing


Prolongation of length of stay and Clostridium difficile infection: A review of the methods used to examine length of stay due to healthcare associated infections, in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control

The prevalence of urinary distress in male and female adults with diabetes mellitus attending a Northern Australian endocrine centre, in Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal

The epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Tasmania, in Healthcare Infection (print version)

Anatomical location of injury in Stage I and Stage II heel pressure injuries - a pilot study, in Wound Practice & Research


The status of Australian nurse practitioners: the second national census, in Australian Health Review (print version)

A prospective evaluation of the impact of the nurse practitioner role on emergency department service and outcomes, in Australian Research Council

Audit of factors associated with the intactness of central venous catheter exit site dressings for northern Australian haemodialysis patients, in Renal Society of Australasia Journal


The first Australian nurse practitioner census: A protocol to guide standardized collection of information about an emergent professional group, in International Journal of Nursing Practice (print version)


The status of Australian nurse practitioners: the first national census, in Australian Health Review (print version)

A literature review of central venous catheter dressings: implications for haemodialysis in the tropics, in Healthcare Infection (print version)

Reporting a research project on the potential of aged care nurse practitioners in the Australian Capital Territory, in Journal of Clinical Nursing (print version)


From competence to capability: a study of nurse practitioners in clinical practice, in Journal of Clinical Nursing (print version)

Other information

Grant funded projects

2014-17 Graves, N., Paterson, D., Gericke, C., Riley, T., Bernett, A., Gardner, A., Hall, L., Halton, K., Mitchell, B. REACH: Research effective approaches to cleaning in hospitals. NHMRC Partnership Grant, $646,817

2012-15 Gardner, A., Gardner, G., Coyer, F., Henderson, A., Gosby, H. Educating for health service reform: Clinical learning, governance, and capability Australian Research Council Discovery Project Scheme, $291,000

2012-14 Gardner, A., Gardner, G., Coyer, F., Henderson, A., Gosby, H., Lenson, S. Educating nurse practitioners: Advanced specialty competence, clinical learning and governance. Office of Learning and Teaching Grant, $220,000

2013 Gardner, A., Fasugba, O., Mitchell, B., Beckingham, W. A point prevalence survey of healthcare associated urinary tract infections. COVIDIEN Infection Control Scholarship, $15,000