Clint is an experienced researcher and Registered Nurse working in the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University and as the Head of Programs for Nursing and Midwifery in the College of Health and Biomedicine.

His research specialty has focused on better understanding the economic burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on emergency departments and known casual factors for presentation.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions. Anecdotal evidence indicates over-use of frontline resources (e.g. the Emergency Department), and potential gaps in outreach services (e.g. underutilised services). Phase 1 of this project has been a unique collaboration between three non-metropolitan health services in South East Queensland (West Moreton, Darling Downs and Gold Coast). It has informed referral treatment initiatives’ implementation and evaluation (e.g., anxiety management, smoking cessation referral, and quality intra-professional care programs), based on identified causal factors.

His current research intends to broaden the second and third phases of this research into the Australian Care System. Clint’s research further delves into interventions that can better ascertain the impact of good primary care interventions (like structured Case Managers), thereby determining:

  1. any reduction in ED utilisation and hospital admissions
  2. any economic benefit to the health care system
  3. patient benefits.

He is very interested in translational research outcomes, and enjoys collaborating with a range of industry partners to design projects that are directly relevant to practice. Currently he is involved with projects collaborating with Lung Foundation Australia, and Queensland Health, however now desire to broaden my collaboration in Victoria.

See a full list of Clint's research activity


Head of Programs Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health and Biomedicine

Areas of expertise

  • Research integrity and ethics
  • Translation of research evidence and evidence-based practice
  • Systematic review
  • Hospital avoidance chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 2018

Teaching responsibilities


HNB2007 Research and Evidence Based Practice


Higher degree research completions

2014 Principle Supervisor for Mrs Victoria Parker (PhD candidate): On line versus on campus: Learning outcomes for Bachelor of Nursing (BNUR) students using an emulated online intravenous (IV) pump and an actual IV pump as an educational resource (H12REA154)

2016 Associate Supervisor for Mrs Sharon Rees (PhD candidate): Challenges and opportunities of mobile technologies in postgraduate learning

2016 Associate Supervisor for Mrs Melissa Taylor (PhD candidate): Understanding the impact of aged care leadership styles on the clinical learning environment

Current postgraduate research supervision

2019: Principle supervisor for Hancy Issac. Masters Advanced. Decision making framework for COPD referrals in Queensland Emergency Departments.

2018: Dennis Walker, An exploration of the factors contributing to paramedic medication errors in the pre-hospital environment.

2018: Principle supervisor for Emma Turner Masters of Science (Research) Support frameworks for families of children newly diagnosed with diabetes living in rural and remote locations.

2015: Principle Supervisor for Mrs Sue Griffits Masters of Science (Research) (Advanced Research): Clinical Reasoning in Pre-Registration Nursing Students: An exploration and analysis of clinical reasoning skills needed for nursing students transitioning to professional practice.


Total career research funding secured = $2,779,000

2018, PHA Reducing residential aged care ED presentations, WMH&HS (Ipswich), $20,000

2017, EMF Grant, EMF, $67,000

2014, Extension Grant: TRACS, DSS, $50000

2012, “Continuing Professional Development for the Anglicare Person-Centred Model of Care”, Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) — Aged Care Workforce Fund, $665,000

2011, Remote teaching technologies (Nursing), Internal Learning and Teaching, $20,000

2008, Remote patient assessment using digital stethoscope for Telehealth systems in Australia, 2, ARC, $680,000

Summary of research grants obtained




Issac H, Taylor M, Moloney C, Lea J. Exploring Factors Contributing to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Guideline Non-Adherence and Potential Solutions in the Emergency Department: Interdisciplinary Staff Perspective. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2021;14:767-785

Rana, R., Gow, J., Moloney, C., King, A., Keijzers, G., Beccaria, G. and Mullens, A. (2021), Estimating the frequency and cost of emergency department presentations and hospitalisation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: A retrospective analysis from regional Queensland. Emergency Medicine Australasia.

Rana, R., Gow, J., Moloney, C., King, A., Keijzers, G., Beccaria, G. and Mullens, A. (2021), Does distance to hospital affect emergency department presentations and hospital length of stay among COPD patients?. Intern Med J. Accepted Author Manuscript.

Sharon Rees, Helen Farley, Clint Moloney et al. Economising learning: How nurses maintain competence with limited resources. A grounded theory study exploring Registered Nurses’ use of mobile devices in postgraduate education, 14 July 2020, PREPRINT (Version 1) available at Research Square

Issac H, Moloney C, Taylor M, et alMapping of modifiable barriers and facilitators with interdisciplinary chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) guidelines concordance within hospitals to the Theoretical Domains Framework: a mixed methods systematic review protocol. BMJ Open 2020;10:e036060. https://doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036060

Referreed book chapters

Ralph, N, Moloney, C (2015) Safety and quality in clinical communication, Professional and Therapeutic Communication, Oxford.

Rees, S., Moloney, C., Farley, H (2015) Mobile Learning Initiatives in Nursing Education- Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning

Moloney, C, Beccaria, L, Lockwood, C, (2014) Contributing to evidence-based healthcare cultures through lifelong learning, Building Professional Nursing Communication, Cambridge Universities Press.

Moloney, C, Farley, H (2014), Digital communication in healthcare, Building Professional Nursing Communication, Cambridge Universities Press

Moloney, C (2011) The role of wireless technology in addressing sleep disorders in aged care. Biomedical Knowledge Management: Infrastructures and Processes for E-Health. chapter 20, pp279- 289.

Find a full list of publications

Conference presentations

Moloney, C, Beccaria, G, Sneath, E, Mullens, A, Issac, H, King, A, Gow, J, Philips, T (2020) “Reducing Avoidable COPD Emergency Room Presentations: An Integrated Cross‐Health Service Utilisation Scoping Initiative in South Queensland” TSANZ20 Posters Abstracts, TP 067, Respirology, Volume 25, Issue S.

Industry experience

  • 2019- 2021: Darling Downs representative for State Respiratory Network Group
  • 2014-202: Deputy Chair, USQ Human Research Ethics Committee
  • 2004-2008: Chair: Human Research Ethics Committee, Toowoomba Health Service District
  • 2003-2007: Chair: Better Use of Medications, Toowoomba Health Service District
  • 2003-2008: Manager: Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Evidence Based Practice