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Research & Studies

Research project for 2018 "Agents of Change" Dementia Clinical Practice Guidelines Implementation

Become an Agent of Change! Join an online Collaborative with other professionals and be supported to develop your own action plan to improve access to either occupational therapy, exercise, or carer support (professionals can choose one of these).

Agents of Change is a research project recently funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. The project aims to improve the implementation of three key recommendations from the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Dementia in Australia:

  1. ‘People living in the community should be offered occupational therapy (reflecting evidence based programs)’
  2. ‘People with dementia should be strongly encouraged to exercise’
  3. ‘Carers and family should have access to programs to support and optimise their ability to provide care for the person with dementia, including respite’

The project is designed to be ‘light touch’ and to give clinicians the autonomy to make changes that are sustainable for them.

Participating will fulfill a year’s worth of CPD requirements for almost all professions (we can help clinicians to confirm this with their professional body) and clinicians will receive a $1000 stipend to present their work at a conference or meeting of their choice. Professionals can work anywhere in Australia as the program is all online.

Learn More: please contact Monica Cations (trial coordinator)
phone: 0882752827 or email

SKAI System Testing: A pilot study to test the feasibility of the SKAI package

The SKAI (Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation) team is looking for General Practices in Sydney to take part in an innovative vaccination communication project.

What is the study about?

We would like to invite your practice or clinic to take part in a research project titled SKAI System Testing: A pilot study to test the feasibility of the SKAI package. The SKAI system is a suite of resources for health professionals and parents/carers of babies and young children, designed to support and improve clinical conversations about childhood vaccination. This study will investigate whether the SKAI system can be integrated into established clinical work flows and consultations.

What is the aim of this study?

The aim of this study is to test the SKAI system – a vaccination communication and resources package – as it is intended to be used and modify it to ensure it is acceptable to all practice staff and patients, easy to use during and around consultations, and valuable to vaccination providers.

To participate in this study

To find out more or if you would like to express interest in participating in this very exciting vaccination project, please contact (Ph: 9114 1311) or (9114 1327).

Health professionals who participate in the SKAI training will earn CPD points. Participating clinics will be offered a reimbursement fee to help cover the administrative costs involved in taking part in the study.

For more information, please visit:

Nationwide study about caring for patients who die in Australian emergency departments

This project has ethical approval from the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee.

What is the study about?

As our population ages, an increasing number of people will present to and die in emergency departments (EDs). The provision of safe, effective end-of-life care in this setting is therefore imperative.

Sub-optimal end-of-life care can lead to physical, emotional and spiritual distress for patients, families and loved ones over an extended period of time.

A nationwide online survey is currently underway to explore the perceptions and experiences of nurses and doctors in relation to providing end-of-life care in Australian ED settings.

The study findings will help to identify barriers and facilitators to providing safe and effective care for patients who die in the ED and to identify practical and emotional supports required by nurses and doctors to assist them to provide this care to patients and their families. Results of this study could help improve the planning and delivery of future end-of-life care practices and services in Australian emergency departments.

To participate in this study

To take part in the anonymous nurses’ and doctors’ perceptions and experiences providing end-of-life care in Australian emergency department settings survey, click here.

Study: Behavioural and Attitudinal Responses to Cochlear Implantation in Australia and the UK

You are invited to join a brief discussion about Behavioural and Attitudinal Responses to Cochlear Implantation

What is the study about?

You are invited to participate in a study that looks at people’s experiences of hearing loss, and healthcare professionals’ consultation approaches for people with hearing loss. This study aims to provide results that will enhance patients’ quality of life and improve services for patients with a hearing loss.

To participate in this study

You must consult, as a healthcare professional, with people with marked (severe-to-profound) sensorineural hearing loss that occurred after 5 years of age.

What does the study involve?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to:
1. Participate in a 1.5-hour focus group discussion that will be facilitated and observed, with notes and an audio-recording of the discussion. If you are unable to attend the focus group, you may be interviewed over the phone/skype or email. You will not be identified in any way, and none of the data used, as a result of the focus group, will include your name.
2. Complete a brief, 3-page questionnaire immediately before or after the focus group discussion, containing non-identifiable information about yourself, and your professional experiences.
3. Complete a brief survey, at a later date, about your professional experience of working with patients who may need cochlear implants.

Participants will be provided with a stipend for travel time and participation, as a gesture of appreciation for their time and involvement in the study.

Who is carrying out the study?

The study is being led by Professor Frances Rapport from, Macquarie University (T: 02 9850 2320, E: This study is supported by Cochlear Ltd.

Want to be involved?

Please contact Mia Bierbaum, the study researcher, (T: 02 9850 2445, E: to express an interest in participating in the study, or for more information about the study.

Research: Intimacy and sexual activity after a heart attack: Current scope of practice amongst health professionals and information needs

Research Purpose

The National Heart Foundation of Australia, in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast and True Relationships and Reproductive Health is aiming to identify the awareness amongst health professionals regarding the importance of discussing intimacy and sexual activity with patients who have had a heart attack, along with finding out what the enablers and barriers are for health professionals in having this discussion with their patients. The first step in this project is to get input by a range of health professionals, such as cardiologists, general practitioners, exercise physiologists and dietitians, via an online survey.

Participant Experience

Participation in this research study is completely voluntary and participants may discontinue the survey at any time. You have been asked to participate in this survey as a health professional that has interaction with patients after a heart attack. You will be asked to complete an online survey regarding your current practices of talking about, and providing information about sexual activity and intimacy to patients after a heart attack. The survey will also ask about what further resources would assist you to discuss sexual activity and intimacy with patients. Completion of the survey will be considered your consent to participate in the study.


The survey will take 10-12 minutes to complete.


Mrs Kara Lilly (Principal Researcher)
Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering
University of the Sunshine Coast
Phone: 07 5456 3445 – Email:

General Practices in the SNPHN region wanted for research study on new primary healthcare initiatives

Research subject heading: Understanding the challenges to implementing new primary healthcare initiatives in general practice, and the factors which promote or inhibit successful implementation, embedding, and integration of initiatives.

Researchers at The University of New South Wales, working with the Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN), are seeking volunteer research participants to examine general practice experiences of implementing primary healthcare initiatives and identifying factors needed for successful implementation and integration of interventions into routine work. The study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with a sample of general practices as they undertake new primary healthcare initiatives.

Would this research project be a good fit for me?

The study might be a good fit for you if your practice is currently engaged in one of the following SNPHN primary healthcare initiatives:

  • Data quality improvement that has incentives attached to deliverables – using Pen CATPlus data extraction tool for quality improvement in the practice;
  • The Person Centred Medical Home program, designed to support practices to build capacity within the practice for team-based working; and
  • Practiced based chronic disease management, Wellnet program, including risk stratification and care coordination.

How to express interest
Please read and complete the Participant Information Statement/Registration Form below and email to

GPs wanted for injured workers social prescribing project

Primary & Community Care Services (PCCS) would like to invite Sydney GPs to participate in a pilot program on social prescribing.

The program aims to assess the impact of a social prescribing approach on the general health and wellbeing of injured workers, including their readiness to return to work. Eligible injured workers will participate in social groups and have direct access to link workers.

Funded by icare (Insurance & Care NSW), the program will link injured workers with non-medical sources of support within the community, addressing their needs during recovery.

It will run for six months from mid-2017 with potential implementation across relevant NSW workers compensation schemes.

Enquiries: If you’re interested in the program or for any further information, visit us at, call PCCS on 9477 8700 or email

Click here for project fact sheet.

Invitation to be part of NHMRC-funded OPAL study

OPAL is a randomised, placebo controlled study investigating the efficacy of short term treatment with a commonly used opioid (Targin) in acute low back or neck pain. The study is currently ongoing and the research team is looking for GPs to be involved in recruiting patients into the study until at least the end of 2017, with each GP recruiting at least 2 patients over this period.

If you participate, your role will be to:

  • Identify and screen patients who present with acute neck pain and/or back pain
  • Gain the patient’s informed consent or facilitate this process
  • Provide prescription of study medication and monitor your patient throughout the 6-week treatment period
  • Inform the study centre when a participant has been recruited

As an active clinician in the study you will:

  • Receive an honorarium for the time spent on study-related activities for each eligible
    participant enrolled
  • Receive regular evidence-based research information in the study area
  • Be supported by a dedicated study team on study-related activities

Click here for study description.
Click here for GP invitation letter/EOI.

Enquiries: If you’re interested in getting involved or for more information, please contact the OPAL Research Team on (02) 8627 6267 or

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Participants needed for a smokers’ study

The George Institute for Global Health is seeking participants for a clinical trial to determine whether early intervention with long acting bronchodilators, could slow down lung function decline in smokers who are at a high-risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Researchers are seeking current smokers aged 25 – 45, with over 10 pack years smoking history and normal lung function. We will offer smoking cessation. This study has Human Research Ethics approval, reference HREC/15/HAWKE/489. For information click on

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GP participation opportunity in University of Sydney research focus groups

Researchers at the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre at the University of Sydney are developing and validating a computerised clinical decision support system to be used during medication review for people with and without dementia.

Researchers are seeking General Practitioners with experience conducting medication reviews for people with and without dementia who would be willing to participate in a focus group or interview to contribute to the development of the new software. Eligible participants will be involved in two 1-hour focus group or interview sessions during the development of the software

Enquiries: If you are interested in participating in this important research, contact Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell at or (02) 9926 4934 for a copy of the participant information sheet and other details.

For more information, click here.

GP participation opportunity in University of New England study

The University of New England is undertaking some research which looks at understanding General Practitioners’ experience and difficulties in treating psychological injuries in NSW under WorkCover and CTP.

The researchers are aiming to interview between 6-8 GPs and offer an honorarium of $250. Each confidential interview would take between 45-60 minutes and can be undertaken face to face or via teleconference. If the GP is based in Sydney, the researcher will come and meet with them at a time convenient to the GP.

The title of the research is Evidence-based practice used by psychologists treating secondary psychological injuries within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority governed frameworks (i.e. Workers Compensation Insurance and Motor Accidents Compulsory Third Party Insurance).

The aims of the research are:

  • to identify barriers to psychologist’s use of evidence based practice;
  • to propose strategies to overcome these barriers; and
  • to explore whether client characteristics may impact psychologist practice and treatment of psychological injuries.

Click here for the information sheet.

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