Expressions of Interest Open for 2021 Masterclass

Exclusive training opportunity is now available to Community of Practice members. We are hosting a 2-day Masterclass on June 18th and 25th in implementation science and its methods. Across the 2 days, attendees will develop an implementation idea from concept to research protocol, guided by experts and leaders in the field. Due to demand, we ask all those who wish to apply, to submit an initial Expression of Interest with some details about their research concept. EOIs close Monday 17th May, so be sure to get in quick!

Grant Opportunities

The Community of Practice offers an annual grant program that supports collaborative teams of researchers and health professionals examining ways to fast-track healthcare innovations into routine practice so that patients receive the highest-quality evidence-based care. 

The grants help teams build translational research foundations, leading to longer-term health and policy impacts, and may help teams apply for larger grants in the future. 

In 2020, four projects were funded that covered a range of clinical areas, including improve care for those with musculoskeletal disorders, testing new screening mechanisms for chemotherapy-related nerve damage in clinical practice, and incorporating automatic reporting of medication side effects into electronic medical records (eMR).  

Periodically we will announce new funding opportunities or share news of relevant external funding opportunities. Become a member today to receive updates straight to your inbox. 

2020 Grant recipients

Lead Clinical Investigator: Ms Marie K. March 

Lead Academic Investigator: Assoc Prof Alison Harmer 

The BOOST project, led by the University of Sydney’s Associate Professor Alison Harmer and Clinical Lecturer Marie March, a Physiotherapist at Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospitals, has received a grant to investigate how hospitals can deliver more frequent exercise programs for inpatients with hip fracture, using physiotherapists in conjunction with alternative healthcare workers. The program will be trialled in hip fracture services at Northern Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney Local Health District, where it will be evaluated using a variety of methods – including patient outcomes, cost and experience. 

Lead Clinical Investigator: Assoc Prof Peter Grimison 

Lead Academic Investigator: Assoc Prof Susanna Park 

This project is investigating how to improve screening for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neurotoxicity (CIPN) – a type of progressive nerve damage that can be a side effect of chemotherapy, often causing patients to stop treatment and sometimes causing long-term disability. The team will test how feasible it is for oncology nurses to deliver an already established questionnaire that screens for CIPN in a pilot study at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred and Prince of Wales Hospitals. They will use this evidence to develop a clinical pathway that can be adapted and scaled up to use across hospitals.

Lead Clinical Investigator: Dr Ronald Castelino 

Lead Academic Investigator: Prof Kate Curtis 

Dr Ron Castelino, Clinical Pharmacist at Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital, and Kate Curtis, Professor of Emergency and Trauma Nursing at Sydney Nursing School, have received this grant to test the implementation of electronic reporting of adverse drug reactions within the existing eMR at Blacktown Hospital. Currently only 10% of adverse drug reactions are reported by the hospitals to the TGA, in part due to the largely manual and time-consuming nature of the process. The team are aiming to improve both the quality and quantity of reports submitted with this new process.  

Lead Clinical Investigator: Mr Andrew Wood  

Lead Academic Investigator: Dr Marina B Pinheiro  

Mr Andrew Wood, Physiotherapist and Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program Coordinator at Canterbury Hospital and Dr Marina Pinheiro, NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, are using their grant to support patients to maintain participation in exercise programs following diagnosis with osteoarthritis. The team will be working collaboratively with local community-based exercise opportunities to ease this transition for patients – moving post-hospital care into a community environment.