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Dr Kate Churruca is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS) at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. Her research interests include the application of complexity science to understanding change in healthcare, and understanding organisational culture and its impact on care delivery. She has expertise in qualitative and mixed methods including interviews, surveys, Q methodology, thematic analysis, and discourse analysis. Dr Churruca currently works on a multisite research project looking at the application of broken-windows theory to the hospital, which uses surveys and observations. She also contributes to a National Health & Medical Research Council funded project looking at the effect of unprofessional behaviours on safety and quality in hospitals. Following her involvement in a review of safety culture assessment in healthcare, she has worked as member of an expert advisory group for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on safety culture measurement in Australia.


Dr Churruca supervises multiple Master of Research and PhD students on projects including prioritisation of care in residential aged care facilities, women’s experiences of gestational diabetes and their use of social media, the implementation of Lean management in operating theatres, and the intended and unintended organisational effects of hospital redevelopment. Her students have published multiple papers, and won conference prizes and competitive travel grants.


In the past, Dr Churruca has been involved in studies looking at how mental health professionals collaborate during uncertainty, and men’s perceptions of risk in prostate cancer and its impact on their treatment decisions. Her PhD explored women’s experiences of the eating disorder bulimia.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, University of Western Sydney

22 Feb 201220 May 2016

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Projects 2017 2017

Research Outputs 2012 2019

A cross-sectional study investigating the associations of person-organisation and person-group fit with staff outcomes in mental healthcare

Herkes, J., Ellis, L. A., Churruca, K. & Braithwaite, J., 24 Sep 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 9, p. 1-7 7 p., e030669.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cross-Sectional Studies
Delivery of Health Care
Organizational Culture

Appraising risk in active surveillance of localized prostate cancer

Hogden, A., Churruca, K., Rapport, F. & Gillatt, D., Oct 2019, In : Health Expectations. 22, 5, p. 1028-1039 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Prostatic Neoplasms
Referral and Consultation

Appropriate management of acute gastroenteritis in Australian children: a population-based study

Sunderland, N., Westbrook, J., Urwin, R., Knights, Z., Taitz, J., Williams, H., Wiles, L. K., Molloy, C., Hibbert, P., Ting, H. P., Churruca, K., Arnolda, G., Braithwaite, J. & CareTrack Kids Investigative Team, 1 Jan 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 11, p. 1-15 15 p., e0224681.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
health services
Delivery of Health Care

A revised model of uncertainty in complex healthcare settings: a scoping review

Pomare, C., Churruca, K., Ellis, L. A., Long, J. C. & Braithwaite, J., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 25, 2, p. 176-182 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Delivery of Health Care
Empirical Research
Quality of Health Care

Assessing the appropriateness of the management of upper respiratory tract infection in Australian children: a population-based sample survey

Long, J. C., Williams, H. M., Jani, S., Arnolda, G., Ting, H. P., Molloy, C. J., Hibbert, P. D., Churruca, K., Ellis, L. A. & Braithwaite, J., 14 May 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 5, p. 1-7 7 p., e026915.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Respiratory Tract Infections
Practice Guidelines
Anti-Bacterial Agents