Dr Peta Drury
I was just 19 when I successfully completed a Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) at the Catholic College of Education, Sydney. The Catholic College of Education Sydney in New South Wales was amalgamated with three other Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia in 1991 to become the Australian Catholic University.  Since that time I have successfully completed, at the Australian Catholic University, a Bachelor of Nursing and my PhD.
For my PhD project I conducted a Process Analysis alongside a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Funded randomised controlled trial called QASC. The aim of the QASC trial was to evaluate the effect of a behaviour change intervention to improve the management of fever, sugar and swallow following acute stroke. The results of the QASC trial indicated a 16% improvement in patient outcomes which is more than any mediation trialled following stroke. The results of the QASC trial have been published in the Lancet and were broadcast on the ABC news early in 2013. My role alongside the QASC trial was to investigate why the intervention worked and predominantly explored clinician behaviour change.  The results of my study have been presented at both International and National conferences and will be published in the International Journal of Stroke in January 2013.
I have been employed as a full time Nursing Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University since 2006.  I have been awarded multiple teaching development grants, The Carrick Award for the development of the Virtual Health Environment and, I was awarded Lecturer of the Year in 2010.
Drury, P, Levi C, D’Este C, McElduff P, McInnes E, Hardy J, Dale S, Cheung N W, Grimshaw J, Quinn C, Ward J, Evans M, Cadilhac D, Griffiths R, Middleton S. Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC): Process evaluation of an intervention to improve the management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing dysfunction following acute stroke. International Journal of Stroke. In press, accepted August 2013.
Drury P, Levi C, McInnes L, Hardy J, Ward J, Grimshaw J, D’Este C, Dale S, McElduff P, Cheung W, Quinn C, Griffiths R, Evans M, Cadhilac D, Middleton S. Management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing dysfunction following hospital admission for acute stroke in New South Wales, Australia. International Journal of Stroke. In press, accepted August 2013.
Middleton S, McElduff P, Ward J, Grimshaw JM, Dale S, D'Este C, Drury P, Griffiths R, Cheung NW, Quinn C, Evans M, Cadilhac D & Levi C. Implementation of evidence-based treatment protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia, and swallowing dysfunction in acute stroke (QASC): a cluster randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2011;378 (9804):1699-706.2
My prior research studies are classified as 'Implementation Studies.' Implementation studies predominantly investigate, in an attempt to understand, how healthcare professionals adopt and sustain evidence-based practice. As with fashion, research also moves in trends. At the moment Implementation Science and implementation studies are the trend.
I have been a member of the Stroke Society of Australasia since 2011.
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