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Associate Professor Liza Heslop

PhD [Monash], MNurs [RMIT], BAppSc (AdvNurs)[LIHS], BA [GIAE]

Teaching & Research, Western Centre for Health Research & Education

Associate Professor Liza Heslop has been a research-focused academic for 15 years within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (Monash University) and the College of Health and Biomedicine (Victoria University). Prior to that she was a teaching-focused academic for 10 years.

Based at the Western Center for Health Research and Education, the focus of Liza's research program is on the development, use and application of activity-based and other health data to support the management of adverse events, quality and safety, and nursing services. Liza's research on health costing methodologies and quality monitoring and reporting supports national health reform and policy development.

Appointed by the Federal Minister of Health to the Joint Working Party of IHPA and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), Liza is involved in major Commonwealth projects to develop national standardized quality monitoring and reporting.  

In the field of workforce reform, her research concerns multi-disciplinary approaches to care coordination to support high end users of the health system.

Key publications

Heslop L. (2015) Outcome detection using hospital activity data: Implications ford evelopment of nursing-sensitive quality monitoring and reporting in Australia. International Journal of Nursing Studies 51(3)470-478

Heslop L., Lu S. (2014) Nursing-sensitive indicators: a concept analysis Journal of Advanced Nursing ERA A* 70 (11):2469–2482

Heslop L., Power R., Cranwell K.(2014) Building workforce capacity for complex care coordination: a function analysis of workflow activity Human Resources for Health September 2014, 12:52: pp2-11

Heslop L. (2014) Australian direct care nurses can make cost savings if they have access to meaningful dataInternational Journal of Nursing Practice Aug; 20 (4): 337-8. 

Heslop, L. (2012) Status of costing hospital nursing work within Australian casemix activity based funding policy, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 18:2-6

View more of Liza's publications in VU's Research Repository or her Academia profile.

Conference presentations

Shields P., Heslop L., Lu L. (2015) Node Arc graphs: acquiring nursing domain expert knowledge Health Informatics Conference, Brisbane Australia, August

Xu X., Heslop L., Lu S. (2013) Nurses’ attitudes toward nursing sensitive indicators: An online survey in Australia International conference on Nursing and Emergency Medicine, Los Vegas, California

Heslop L., Xu, X., Lu, S., Watson W. (2013) What indicators do nurses place most value upon that measure point of care practice? A survey of Western Health nurses. Presentation Western Health research week.

Heslop, L., Bazargani, M. (2013) Developing an adverse event prediction system: A neural network and Bayesian pilot study, Commonwealth Activity Based Funding Conference, Sydney

Heslop, L., Athan, D. (2012) Nurse costing and activity based funding 2nd Annual Hospital Patient Costing Conference, Brisbane

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Current supervision of 3 PhD students

Professional membership

  • Fellow, Australasian College of Health Informatics
  • Commonwealth statutory Clinical Advisory Committee of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)
  • Joint Working Party between IHPA and the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care

Areas of expertise

  • Chronic and complex illness management
  • Health Policy (Activity based funding)
  • Nursing Services and health workforce
  • Quality and Safety of Health Care

Contact details

+61 3 8395 8142