Professor Gillian Harvey

Deputy Director, Knowledge Translation (Caring Futures Institute), Matthew Flinders Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park

Professor Gillian (Gill) Harvey is Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has a clinical background in nursing and research expertise in implementation science and facilitating evidence-based practice.

Gill leads the ‘Better Systems’ theme in the Caring Futures Institute and is an Adjunct Professor of Implementation Science at Queensland University of Technology. She is also an Affiliated Research of Dalarna University in Sweden and has been a full-time researcher since re-locating from the UK to Australia in 2013. Gill leads a program of applied health services research with a focus on implementation science, evidence-based practice and achieving improvement in complex systems. This includes studies to improve coordination of care for older people, to identify and manage clinical deterioration and and reduce unnecessary hospitalisations. Working with Professor Alison Kitson, she is one of the developers of the widely used implementation science framework, Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services or PARIHS. In 2015, the PARIHS framework was revised to produce the integrated or i-PARIHS framework, described in the 2015 book ‘Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare’.

Previously Gill has held academic positions in Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester and most recently in Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide. Prior to working in academia, she was Director of the UK Royal College of Nursing’s Quality Improvement Program and Director of the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care.


PhD Nursing, London South Bank University, UK

B Nursing, University of Manchester, UK

Honours, awards and grants
  • Recognised as a highly cited researcher in the Social Sciences Category of the 2014 Thomson-Reuters high citation list
  • Led an international research team studying evidence-based nursing practice in 4 countries. Publication from the study on ‘Evidence by Proxy’ was awarded best research article in Public Administration Review journal in 2019, highlighting the tension between research evidence and local codification of knowledge in performance standards, policy, procedures and audit data
  • NHMRC Assigners Academy Member (2017, 2018)
  • Florence Nightingale Foundation ‘Edith Cavell Travel Scholarship’ (2000)
  • Visiting Fellow, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (2018 – 2020)
Key responsibilities

Lead for the 'Better Systems' research theme in the Caring Futures Institute

Leading implementation research projects across a range of clinical and topic areas, including improving care for older people at risk of repeated hospitalisation and improving the identification and management of clinical deterioration

Building capacity in implementation knowledge and skills

Supervision of higher degree students

Supervisory interests
Evidence based implementation
Evidence based practice
Healthcare, quality improvement
Knowledge translation