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Dr Sonya Osborne
Discipline *
Nursing, Public Health and Health Services
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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
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  • American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), 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 (2013-2018), 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 Osborne is currently employed in a dual role as Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, both at Queensland University of Technology. Dr Osborne’s current role is built upon over 25 years post registration nursing experience in clinical practice, management, education, research and practice development, across a range of acute care, ambulatory and academic settings. 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 research, quality and safe patient care, and the emerging fields of implementation science and knowledge translation. She has a clinical focus in perioperative and acute care, and is expanding this focus to integrated care across primary, community, and regional and remote sectors. Dr Osborne is experienced in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches. Her current projects include implementation and evaluation studies in integrated care across local, regional and rural communities, teledermatology networks for early detection of melanoma in high risk populations, capacity building in implementation science, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of implementation research funding schemes on translating evidence into tangible patient benefits. Other projects include tracking perioperative nurses’ compliance with evidence-based practice standards, estimating risk of opioid induced prolonged and profound perioperative hypothermia, and estimating risk of retained surgical items in Australia. Dr Osborne has a consistent record in research and dissemination, having published ten book chapters and almost 50 papers in international refereed journals. Her Scopus h-index is 16, with almost 600 total citations by over 600 documents. Dr Osborne is currently an Editor for Cochrane Wounds Group, a member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), and most recently held the inaugural role of national Standards Editor for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN)’s Standards for Perioperative Practice in Australia from 2013-2018.

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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.