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South West Sydney Research small grant scheme awardees 2017

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South West Sydney Research small grant scheme awardees 2017


South West Sydney Research sponsors an annual small grant scheme to nurture new collaborations and aid research capacity building among our member organisations. This year, owing to the exceptional quality of submissions received, four $20,000 grants have been awarded. South West Sydney Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 small grant scheme below.


1. Starting School Well: Optimising Refugee Children’s Health in Preparation of this Key Transition.

Team: Dr Jess Baker, Dr Jane Kohlhoff, Professor Valsamma Eapen, A/Professor Ajesh George, Dr Amit Arora, Ms Afaf Al-Shammari

Collaborating organisations:

South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) spends millions of dollars on health services, yet access to those services remains difficult for some, particularly refugee communities. With unprecedented numbers of refugees are arriving in SWSLHD, there is urgent need to address this health inequity. Access to and quality of care in the preschool period has the potential for greatest impact on health outcomes. It creates a healthy “bedrock” for children and can break patterns of disadvantage for at risk groups, such as refugees. The project will conduct a qualitative enquiry into the developmental healthcare needs that refugee parents describe for their children and the barriers and enablers to accessing health and early childhood support services in the preschool period. The findings will assist in identifying priorities and recommendations for a tailored health and early childhood intervention service model for refugee families, recognising that tailored approaches are the hallmark of successful knowledge transfers.


2. Sustainable research literacy development for research-naive clinicians in South Western Sydney

Team: A/Professor Sarah Dennis, A/Professor Bronwyn Everett, Professor Nicholas Shackel, Professor Bin Jalaludin, A/Professor Miriam Levy, Annamarie D’Souza, Dr Wei Xuan, Matthew Jennings

Collaborating organisations:

A strong research culture in South Western Sydney (SWS) is essential to inform the provision of high quality evidence-based healthcare for the community and to contribute to the improvement of health interventions worldwide. There is a need for introductory resources to increase research literacy targeted to the needs of clinicians wanting to learn how to turn their clinical ideas into research projects. This project aims to develop a set of online resources including educational videos and narrated presentations that answer basic and recurring questions that clinicians have about research. It is anticipated that these resources will increase research literacy and provide a sustainable solution to developing the research capacity of research-naïve health professionals in SWS.


3. Sustained Health Home Visiting for Families with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds with low English Proficiency (LEP): determining the efficacy of program delivery using interpreters or in-language community support

Team: Professor Lynn Kemp, Dr Catherine Kaplun, Dr Jane Kohlhoff, Vicki Blight, Katina Varelis, Sandy Eagar

Collaborating organisations:

Presently, families of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) with low English-proficiency (LEP), many being recently arrived migrants or refugees, are commonly excluded from Sustained Nurse Home-visiting (SNHV) programs, despite this population experiencing vulnerabilities that are compounded by language and cultural barriers, and poor health literacy. This study will identify the best model/s of care of SNHV, and will improve access to, and effectiveness of, care for families with CALD-LEP (refugee and migrant) with young children through cultural adaptation of these models of SNHV. The project will address current health inequities in a priority population who are at higher risk of lifelong, intergenerational and developmental problems, will also develop training packages for interpreters and nurses which can be implemented through existing infrastructure.


4. Chronic pain and multimorbidity in the Emergency Department: A mixed-methods study investigating culturally and linguistically diverse community perspectives

Team: Bernadette Brady, Professor Lucy Chipchase, Professor Pranee Laimputtong, A/Professor Sarah Dennis, Elise Tcharkhedian

Collaborating organisations:

Migrant and refugee communities face many challenges when attempting to manage their health, contributing to poor health status and increased risk of multiple chronic diseases (multimorbidity). Chronic pain is associated with multimorbidity, and both have been found to contribute to Emergency Department (ED) admission among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. However, the challenges faced by CALD communities managing chronic pain and multimorbidity are complex and poorly understood. This project aims to evaluate the chronic disease profile, health literacy and burden of suffering in patients from CALD backgrounds presenting to ED for a chronic pain condition, and explore the barriers to, and facilitators of, chronic pain and multimorbidity management. The findings will provide valuable information to hospital and primary care services in SWSLHD, enabling them to better respond to the needs of the CALD community.


The South West Sydney Research small grant scheme will be offered again in early 2018.

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