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Research & Studies

The PARTNER project: Optimising primary care management of knee osteoarthritis

Do you want to be involved in a study that will improve your skills in the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA)?

The PARTNER project team would like to invite you to participate in trialing a new model of service delivery using evidence based non-surgical treatments.

Depending on the group allocated to you, you could benefit by:

• Access to RACGP Online training models updating the most recent evidence for non-surgical OA interventions
Patient support from a multidisciplinary team (Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Occupational Therapists) for 12 months
• Free cdmNet software and training (chronic disease management software)
• Opportunity for 40 category 1 RACGP QI & CPD points
$500 per practice
• $100 per participating GP

Benefits to patients in the study include:

  • Tailored, evidence based support from a multidisciplinary team over a 12 month period
  • Telephone or email-based support including:
    • Self-management education
    • Individualised exercise and strengthening program
    • Weight loss intervention (if required)
    • Advice and support on OA management

Practice eligibility criteria:

  • A minimum of one GP in the practice willing to participate

If you are interested in participating in the PARTNER study, please respond to this expression of interest.

If you have any questions contact project officer Carin Pratt by email or phone 0407 051 641

This study is a RCT funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.


General Practitioners Screen their patients for Atrial Fibrillation and othEr aRrhythmias (GPSAFER)

Atrial fibrillation (AF) and other arrhythmias are common medical problems of increasing prevalence which are often identified and managed by GPs.

We are conducting an online survey to explore the views, knowledge and practices of general practitioners (GPs) and GP registrars with respect to cardiac arrhythmias. The information is important to health policy makers, education providers and professional bodies. We have obtained ethics approval from the University of Sydney (project number 2018/740).

As a token of appreciation, three participants who complete this survey will each receive a $50 gift card via a lucky draw.

This research will contribute to the PhD studies of Dr Kam Wong. His supervisors are Professor Clara Chow, Professor Tim Usherwood and Dr Cindy Kok.

We would like to seek your assistance to promote this GPSAFER survey. The following is a brief introduction. We hope that you will consider including it in your website and newsletters that you send to your members:

Atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias are associated with higher morbidities and mortality. Should you screen asymptomatic patients? What is the role of mobile ECG devices? What is your need for ECG interpretation training? University of Sydney is conducting a 5-minute survey. Three $50-giftcards will be given away. Please click the following weblink to find out more about the GPSAFER study:

Investigating current and future education and training needs of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine

Northern Sydney LHD invite general practitioners to participate in a NH&MRC-funded study that is gathering perspectives on current and future education and training of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine.

They are interested in identifying gaps and opportunities in education and training activities for the general practitioner workforce in genomic medicine, and gaining a better understanding of the needs of those involved in delivering genomics in health care.

Participation would involve an interview for up to one hour with payment of $120 per hour (pro rata), at a time and place convenient to you, face-to-face (including virtual technology) or via telephone, and either individual or in a group. They may also contact you to clarify some points after the interview; if so, this would be by phone or email.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Project Officer, Marie Brigitte Cusack, phone
(02) 9462 9594 or email:, who will send you a detailed Plain Language Statement and Consent Form.

Designing consumer information on changes made to your medicines when you are in hospital

Study overview

Researchers led by Professor Sarah Hilmer, at Royal North Shore Hospital’s Kolling Institute, are designing consumer information on medicine changes made in hospital.


The aim of this project is to find out how patients’ medicines are changed in hospital and how patients are told about such changes.


Researchers are seeking individuals older than 65 years who take at least one regular medicine and have been in the hospital in the last 5 years; and/or their care givers. Participants will be involved in approximately 45-60 minute interviews on how best to communicate medicine changes made in hospital with consumers, by reviewing a leaflet about stopping medicines. Reimbursement for any travel or parking will be covered.


If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact Ms Natali Jokanovic ( or Ms Sophie Carter ( or phone
(02) 9926 4869 for a copy of the participant information sheet and other additional details.

Occurring dates: current – September 7 2018

Participant duration: 45 – 60 mins

Location of study: Level 13, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia

Choice of a local public location convenient and within proximity for the participant (e.g. park, cafe, local council facility).

Investigating the use of information search tools to perform medical tasks

What is the purpose of the research?

Researchers from CSIRO (Australian eHealth Research Centre) and Queensland University of Technology are conducting a user study to test a search engine designed to provide clinicians with succinct, accurate and evidence-based information for clinical decision making. The purpose of the study is to better understand clinician needs and behaviour whilst resolving a clinical problem, and ultimately to provide a better system to support improved patient outcomes.

Are you looking for people like me?

The research team is looking for: Registered clinicians including GPs, nurses and hospital clinicians, who are accustomed to using search engines, understand the concept of evidence based medicine and have access to a computer connected to the internet.

What will you ask me to do?

Participation will involve completing 16 clinical question tasks using a custom medical literature search application, plus a pre-test/post-test questionnaire. The test can be performed remotely from a computer if you have access to the internet with either Firefox or Chrome search engines. The whole test should take take approximately 2 hours of your time and must be performed in a single sitting. In the first stage of the test you will be provided with a series of clinical scenarios which you must provide your answer to. In the second stage, for each task, you will have a maximum of 10 minutes to do the following:

  1. Read the description of a health case.
  2. Answer the clinical question, associated with the case using your own knowledge (i.e., without performing any search).
  3. Use the provided search technology as instructed to search for information related to the given health case.
  4. When you have sufficient information to complete the task, or the task time limit has been reached, enter your answer.

Before and after the test you will be asked a series of questions relating to personality traits, search and medical experience and skills and other demographic information. All of this information is gathered anonymously.

Are there any risks for me in taking part?

The identified risks that might affect you when participating in this research is inconvenience and/or feelings of failure. Inconvenience will occur as you will be requested to spend your time searching and entering information on a computer. The likelihood this risk will occur is medium and the severity of the risk is low. Feelings of failure may occur if you feel unable to complete the whole test in the time allotted or unable to answer particular questions. The likelihood this risk will occur is low.

Are there any benefits for me in taking part?

You have the option of receiving your decision scores in relation to the other sample results received for self-reflection purposes. In the longer run, your study results can contribute to research findings that may be incorporated into future clinical decision support applications. You will also receive a copy of any published results relating to this study.

Will I be compensated for my time?

To recognise your contribution should you choose to participate and complete the study, the research team is offering you a $50 gift card.

I am interested – what should I do next?

If you would like to participate in this study, you can contact the researcher for details of the next step:

Anton van der Vegt

You will be provided with further information to ensure that your decision and consent to participate is fully informed.

Development and validation of computer software to aid medication management for people with and without dementia, and their carers

Researchers at the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre at the University of Sydney are developing and validating computer software to be used by Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) staff to identify and document patient treatment goals and specifically preferences for medications. The computer software is designed to guide the management of medications for people with and without dementia. For example, to identify medicines that can be withdrawn or may need to be started. It can be used in addition to other software programs.

Researchers are seeking RACF Managers, Nurses and Assistants in Nursing to obtain perspectives on the need for and use of the computer software.

Eligibility criteria for participants:

  • Current Australian RACF Manager, Registered nurse or Assistant in Nursing
  • More than two years experience working in RACFs
  • Experience in medication management for persons with or without dementia
  • English Speaking

Eligible participants will be involved in two 1-hour focus group or interview sessions.

If you are interested in facilitating recruitment of participants in this important research and would like to receive an information pack, please contact Mouna using the details below:

Mouna Sawan
(02) 9926 4927

Gout Self-Management App in Primary Care

General practitioners and their patients are invited to participate in a trial evaluating the efficacy of mobile apps to aid in self-managing gout. The NHMRC-funded project is led by Prof Ric Day, St Vincent’s Clinical School, University of New South Wales.

 RACGP– and ACRRM-accredited professional development points are available for GPs, and each participating GP practice will receive a $300 gift voucher. Each participating patient will receive a $30 gift voucher at three timepoints ($90 in total).

 We are recruiting participants for the study until the end of November 2018.

 Interested in participating? For more info, visit or


Dr Eindra Aung

Phone: 1800 931 544


UNSW HREC Approval Number: 15199

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: (08) 8275 2827 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 (02 9114 1311) or (02 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:

General Practices in the SNHN 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 Health Network (SNHN), 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 SNHN 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

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.