Professor Joan Webster
Professor Joan Webster was the Nursing Director of Research at RBWH from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. In that time, Joan not only contributed personally to research but also mentored and guided the research careers of many nurses and midwives in Metro North.
Her practical approach to research and evidence-based practice led to Joan being appointed one of 12 editors to the Cochrane Collaboration Wounds Group, and she was also the author of 15 Cochrane reviews.
Joan is recognised internationally for her work in pressure injury prevention and infection control research and her work has set and changed policy and clinical practice. In the last five years alone, Joan has published more than 70 publications, including two in the Lancet.
In that time, her work has been sited over 3500 times, a demonstration of the impact of her research. Throughout her career Joan has attracted more than $11M in research funding, including no fewer than seven NHMRC grants.