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Dr Sonya Osborne

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work,
Research - Public Health


Dr Sonya Osborne
Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work,
Research - Public Health
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - HDHS
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Masters of Nursing (Research) (University of Canberra), Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Canberra), Graduate certificate in Perioperative Nursing (University of Western Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • American Journal of Infection Control, Editorial Review Board
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
  • Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACPIC)
  • Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
  • Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN), Standards Editor, Journal Review Panel
  • Cochrane Wounds,  Editor
  • Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (HSRAANZ)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • Higher Education Research Network (HERN)
  • Improvement Science Research Network (ISRN)
  • Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland (PNAQ)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Phi Delta at-Large Chapter

health services research, implementation science, acute and perioperative nursing

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Sonya Osborne is on secondment as a Senior Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) with a  substantive position as Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing. Dr Osborne is an implementation scientist. Her doctoral study, completed at QUT (2009), explored the relationship between practice culture and barriers to implementation of evidence-based practice, while testing the effectiveness of strategies in changing culture and enabling sustainable practice change. The impact of this research is on organisational strategic planning for implementing and sustaining changes to improve patient-level and service-level outcomes. Dr Osborne’s research interests centre on health services and quality patient care, and the emerging fields of implementation science and improvement science. She has a particular clinical focus in comparative effectiveness research in perioperative, surgical, and acute patient care.  She is experienced in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research methodology and her current projects include a large scale implementation cluster randomised controlled trial of a complex nursing assessment intervention across multiple sites and several states and a hybrid implementation trial in a large metropolitan hospital evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of an innovative technology in the operating room to reduce retained surgical items. Dr Osborne has a consistent record in research and dissemination. She has published ten book chapters and over 40 international refereed journal articles.  She has an H-index of 12; her papers have been cited more than 150 times and have attracted an average of almost 30 citations per year. Dr Osborne is also the national  Standards Editor for the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) and an Editor for Cochrane Wounds.

This information has been contributed by Dr Sonya Osborne.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
The Vice-Chancellor's Performance Fund aims to acknowledge and reward the outstanding achievement of individual academic and professional staff by providing performance awards. I was the Recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award in 2007 and in 2012 in recognition of my outstanding achievements over the respective specified review periods.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
A key endeavour of the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses is to support development of nursing education and research. Following a competitive selection process, the Fund awards an annual Scholarship to a Queensland nurse undertaking either a professional Doctorate or research studies for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). I am the 2004 Centaur Fellow.