A selection of New South Wales’ finest
researchers will share in almost $6 million to help fight hospital acquired
infections, improve Aboriginal and elderly health, and provide more efficient
Since 2016, the NSW Government has funded
62 translational research projects, with $21.95 million invested over four
years (2015/16 – 2019/20).
Minister for Health and Medical Research
Brad Hazzard today announced the successful recipients of the Translational
Research Grants Scheme for 2019.
“This investment demonstrates NSW’s leadership
in conducting priority-driven research that directly translates into improved
service delivery, better patient outcomes and improvements in the health and
wellbeing of the people of NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.
“We identified nine research projects for
funding. Of these, it was fantastic to see five grants awarded to projects
being undertaken in regional NSW including Hunter New England, Illawarra
Shoalhaven and Western NSW local health districts.”
Dr Shannon Nott from Western NSW Local
Health District will evaluate the efficacy of a virtual clinical pharmacy
service where there is limited access to clinical pharmacists in health
facilities located in smaller towns.
Unsafe medication practices and
errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in healthcare systems
across the world. Employing clinical pharmacists in hospitals has been found to
reduce these rates. This project aims to offer a solution to improve the
delivery of safe and high-quality healthcare regardless of where a patient is
A/Prof Nadine Ezard from St Vincent’s
Hospital Network will investigate the delivery of specialist drug and alcohol
medical services, through a mixture of telehealth and fly-in-fly-out care, for
people in rural and remote area where there can be limited access to specialists.
The project will have a clear
focus on practitioner-to-practitioner engagement, local capacity building,
clinical supervision and case management, and allow local health professionals
to develop skills in more complex case management while maintaining the
relationships built within their communities.
If effective, it could be
scaled to cover the whole of NSW, providing support and supervision to alcohol
and drug professionals in regional, rural, remote and Aboriginal communities,
improving health outcomes for some of Australia’s most vulnerable citizens.
NSW Health Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry
Chant said this funding round for the grants was the most competitive yet. “I
am confident the research funded will directly translate into policy and
practice, which will lead to improved health outcomes for the NSW population.”
Dr Chant said.
The Translational Research Grants Scheme was established as part of the Health Services
Research Support Program to support research that is conducted in the health
system and is directly translatable into policy and practice.
awarded grants include:
- Dr Michelle Barakat-Johnson and Professor
Fiona Coyer, Sydney Local Health District
- Dr Adrian Dunlop, Hunter New England Local Health District
- Professor Michelle Giles and Carla Sunner,
Hunter New England Local Health District
- Dr Rowena McMullan and Dr Adrienne Gordon, Sydney Local Health District
- Associate Professor Arthur Richardson, Western Sydney Local Health
- Associate Professor Kamal Sud, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health
- Professor Val Wilson, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
Further information on all recipients’ and
their research projects is available at www.medicalresearch.nsw.gov.au/research-directory/