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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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Research Outputs

Accreditation as a management tool: a national survey of hospital managers' perceptions and use of a mandatory accreditation program in Denmark

Ellis, L. A., Nicolaisen, A., Bie Bogh, S., Churruca, K., Braithwaite, J. & Von Plessen, C., 15 Apr 2020, In : BMC Health Services Research. 20, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 306.

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    Guideline adherence in the management of head injury in Australian children: a population-based sample survey

    Long, J. C., Dalton, S., Arnolda, G., Ting, H. P., Molloy, C. J., Hibbert, P. D., Wiles, L. K., Craig, S., Warwick, M., Churruca, K., Ellis, L. A., Braithwaite, J. & CareTrack Kids Investigative Team, 1 Jan 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 2, p. 1-15 15 p., e0228715.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)
  • Systems transformation: learning from change in 60 countries

    Braithwaite, J., Ludlow, K., Churruca, K., James, W., Herkes, J., McPherson, E., Ellis, L. A. & Long, J. C., 28 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Health, Organisation and Management. 34, 3, p. 237-253 17 p.

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  • Prizes

    Awarded top 10% downloaded paper for 2018-2019 (Wiley)

    Kate Churruca (Recipient), Kristiana Ludlow (Recipient), Natalie Taylor (Recipient), Janet Long (Recipient), Stephanie Best (Recipient) & Jeffrey Braithwaite (Recipient), 2020


  • Best Poster Presentation at the NEWMAC Humanities Postgraduate Conference

    Jeffrey Braithwaite (Recipient), Jessica Herkes (Recipient), Kate Churruca (Recipient) & Louise Ellis (Recipient), 17 Jul 2017



    • 1 Oral presentation

    Lean Healthcare: Industrialization and dehumanization in operating theatres in France and Australia

    Zeyad Mahmoud (Speaker), Kate Churruca (Speaker), Louise Ellis (Speaker), Jeffrey Braithwaite (Speaker)
    10 Oct 201812 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation