Education and Evidence-Based Practice


One important aim of the AVATAR group is to address the gap between research and practice. While robust Level 1 evidence exists for a small number of vascular access interventions, this is not consistently or quickly applied in practice. We therefore collaborate with clinicians to implement knowledge into practice.

We teach clinicians how to interpret vascular access research and apply this evidence-based knowledge in clinical practice, with the goal of improving the patient experience and making the best use of clinician time and hospital resources. We also provide a range of education resources free for clinicians, patients and carers.

AVATAR is a unique international collective, representing a multi-disciplinary, collaborative partnership of key researchers, clinicians, educators, industry and patients. We aim to transform the delivery and experience of vascular access. We believe education and translating evidence into practice are the keys to success.

Useful resources:

For all things vascular access, here are links to the latest Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Our colleagues have created and shared some useful Multimedia Learning videos.

If you'd like to develop your vascular access skills, Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery offers a post-graduate course in Vascular Access

If you're new to research and want to learn more about evidence-based practice, check out this Essentials of EBP video series.


AVATAR Education Director:

Gillian Ray-Barruel RN PhD

Dr Ray-Barruel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Herston Institute of Infectious Diseases (HeIDI) and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Queensland, and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She is dedicated to improving assessment and decision-making by bedside clinicians to prevent patient complications and improve healthcare outcomes.

For any questions regarding AVATAR's Education platform please contact Gillian at










Griffith University
Australia 4111