Teaching Partnerships

Through our teaching hospital model, Epworth HealthCare partners with a range of university and training organisations to provide education programs for medical and nursing professionals. The Epworth programs are unique, as they are some of only a few training programs available in Australia in a private health care setting. 


Deakin University

Epworth Geelong


Epworth HealthCare and Deakin University have joined together to develop Epworth Geelong, a training hospital offering an innovative model of health care for Australia, where teaching and research are embedded in clinical service delivery. Epworth will own and operate a comprehensive acute and rehabilitation hospital in Geelong on land immediately north of Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus.



Epworth Deakin Centre for Clinical Nursing Research


Established in late 2004, the Epworth Deakin Centre for Clinical Nursing Research is a joint initiative between Deakin University and Epworth to conduct clinical research, and provide clinical and academic staff and students the opportunity to engage in clinically focused research training.


The Centre is led by Professor Mari Botti, and supported by Senior Research Fellow Dr Bernice Redley. The Centre provides academic and professional leadership to staff and students of Epworth and Deakin University. At Epworth, nursing staff are encouraged and supported by the management team and the staff of the Centre to be actively involved in nursing research programs, with opportunities for multidisciplinary, clinically-focused, research participation and training. The objective is to increase the research capacity in the nursing division through building the expertise of nurses in methodologies related to health service evaluation.


For more information phone 03 9426 6565.



Collaborative Clinical Education Epworth Deakin (CCEED)


The Collaborative Clinical Education Epworth-Deakin (CCEED) program commenced in 2005 designed to optimise the clinical learning experience of student nurses at Epworth. Deakin University undergraduate nursing students undertake tutorials, laboratory experience and clinical placements at Epworth, enabling students to build relationships with hospital staff and be part of the Epworth team.


The CCEED model provides additional professional development for the clinical staff at Epworth through preceptorship training. Epworth nurses provide teaching, support and preceptorship for students. The model is one of few where undergraduate clinical collaboration has evolved with the private hospital sector.

The University of Melbourne

Epworth Victor Smorgon Chair of Surgery and Professor of Surgery

Epworth and The University of Melbourne have established an endowed Chair of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences -The University of Melbourne.


Renowned orthopaedic surgeon and Chair of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Institute, Professor Richard de Steiger, has been appointed Victor Smorgon Chair of Surgery and Professor of Surgery, by Epworth and the University of Melbourne. Professor de Steiger has a special interest in hip and knee joint replacement, and the management of adult hip disorders. He currently holds the positions of Chairman of Epworth’s Musculoskeletal Clinical Institute, and Deputy Director of the Australian Orthopaedic Association–National Joint Replacement Registry. He is also a principal investigator with the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry.


Part of Professor de Steiger’s role is to foster excellence in research, professional activities and policy development related to surgery; define the objectives and goals for surgical services; and ensure all surgical service commitments to patient care, teaching and research are maintained.

Monash University

Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre

Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre is an innovative collaboration established in 2000 through the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University and Epworth. Centre Director, Professor Jennie Ponsford, built the Centre from its humble beginnings to become one of the world’s pre-eminent rehabilitation research organisations today. The Centre is located primarily at Epworth Richmond. 


One of the key aims of the Centre is to translate research outcomes into more effective rehabilitation of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI), so that their quality of life and re-engagement in the community is maximised. For further information, please phone 03 9426 8747.



Epworth Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine


Professor John Olver was appointed as the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine - Monash University, comprising dual relationships with Epworth and Monash University incorporating Epworth Rehabilitation and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Services.


As the Chair, Professor Olver works in partnership with Professor Steve Wesselingh, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, to jointly set the agenda for the development of new directions in rehabilitation policy, services, research.


Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit

The Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit was established at Epworth in June 2010 under the Directorship of Professor John Olver. The Unit strives to undertake and deliver world-class rehabilitation research that can be applied quickly and effectively as new or improved rehabilitation programs, so that people recovering from injury or illness can more readily maximise their quality of life, physical mobility and cognitive development.


Through its multidisciplinary research team, the Unit bridges the spectrum of acute illness or injury with long term follow-up of rehabilitation research participants. By moving outside of the traditional silos of research and clinical care, patients and research participants benefit from a whole of person rehabilitation approach.



Epworth Victor Smorgon Chair of Medicine


In March 2009, Professor Richard Gerraty was appointed the Victor Smorgon Chair of Medicine - Monash University. An internationally recognised stroke expert, Professor Gerraty is currently the Head of Stroke Research at Monash University’s Neuroscience Department and the Victorian Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists.


In his role, Professor Gerraty will focus on further developing neurosciences at Epworth, in particular fostering research and teaching to improve outcomes for people following stroke.

RMIT University

Epworth Chair of Health Information Management


In recognition that the field of eHealth is rapidly transforming the delivery of health services and systems, Epworth has appointed Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe, in a collaborative academic appointment with RMIT University, to the Epworth Chair of Health Information Management.



Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe has more than 15 years of research experience in the area of health care informatics and has been collaborating with Epworth on projects since December 2009.


Health care informatics focuses on facilitating superior health care delivery by looking at resources, devices and methods to optimise the acquisition, storage, retrieval and security of information in health and biomedicine.


Holmesglen Institute

Epworth HealthCare and Holmesglen Institute partnered in 2008 to embrace the synergies between education and practice and provide leading edge educational and clinical opportunities within a culture that values professional development and lifelong learning. The NECHE (Nursing Education Collaboration Holmesglen Epworth) nursing undergraduate program commenced in 2009, initially offered to Diploma of Nursing students and in 2010 expanded to include Bacholar of Nursing students from Holmesglen Institute.


Epworth nurses provide the teaching and clinical placement facilitation to these students. The objective of this unique program is to development workplace ready nurses to ensure best practice and patient outcomes are continually achieved. The NECHE model provides additional professional development for the clinical staff at Epworth through preceptorship training and clinical teaching development.