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South West Sydney Research Small Grant Scheme 2018 – awardees announced!

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SWSR Small Grant Scheme 2018 – awardees announced!

South West Sydney Research (SWSR) proudly sponsors an annual small grant scheme to nurture new collaborations and aid research capacity building among our member organisations. The priority areas for this year’s grant round were:

  • Improve community engagement in research and address local community needs – improve the understanding/treatment of local health burdens (ie. in South West Sydney) and demonstrate community engagement in the project planning
  • Increase translation/implementation of research outcomes into policy/practice – demonstrate an action plan for driving policy/practice change

This year, owing to the high quality of submissions received, three $20,000 grants have been awarded. SWSR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Small Grant Scheme below.

Disability in South Western Sydney: Experiences of the Iraqi and Syrian refugee communities

Team: Mr Mariano Coello, Ms Helen Bibby, Ms Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Hayward, Dr Angela Dew, Dr Caroline Lenette, Dr Louisa Smith, Dr Julia Lappin, Prof Katherine Boydell, Ms Katina Velkou, Dr Mitchell Smith, Prof David Isaacs, Dr Helen Young, Dr Jennifer Anderson, A/Prof Shanti Raman, Ms Jyoti Timilsina

Collaborating organisations: STARTTS, UNSW Sydney, NSW Refugee Health Service, Community Paediatrics SWSLHD, Settlement Services International, Sydney Children’s Hospital Children’s Refugee Service, SDN Children’s Services

Due to the wars in Syria and Iraq, millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. Over 25,000 refugees from these countries have settled in South Western Sydney (SWS) since 2006. Professionals working with people from these communities have noticed a steadily increasing number presenting with a disability. Little is known about the number and needs of this group, the extent of disability, or their knowledge about or acceptance of supports and services.

Syrian and Iraqi people from a refugee background have been exposed to significant adversity, including poverty, war and trauma. This means that they are likely to experience high rates of both biological and acquired cognitive, mental, physical and sensory disability. Those with disability face specific barriers to service access, including: lack of assessment and support in their country of origin; stigma and discrimination; reduced capacity for community and social support in the settlement country; and poor health literacy and ‘disability literacy’.

This project brings together professionals working in SWS refugee, health and disability services, and academics from UNSW Sydney who have expertise in the refugee, disability and mental health fields. The project will estimate the numbers and needs of people of all ages with disability from Syrian and Iraqi refugee backgrounds who are using SWS services. Consultations and interviews with: SWS key professionals, Syrian and Iraqi community leaders, and people with disability and their families will provide essential but currently unavailable information about the numbers and needs of this group to inform future services and supports. To best support this vulnerable group, professionals in SWS require culturally appropriate information about the nature and scope of disability in this population.


Targeted Education ApproaCH to improve Peritoneal Dialysis outcomes (TEACH-PD) – Digital Patient Training Manuals development and validation

Team: Professor Josephine Chow, Dr. Genevieve Steiner, Ms. Melinda Tomlins, Ms. Anna Lee, Professor David Johnson, Professor Neil Boudville, A/Professor Carmel Hawley, Professor Matthew Jose, Dr Yeoungjee Cho, Ms Elaine Pascoe, Ms. Donna Reidlinger

Collaborating organisations: Liverpool Hospital, SWSLHD, NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, University of Sydney, Renal Service, Hunter New England Local Health District, Renal Service, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, University of Western Australia and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, University of Tasmania & Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Metro South and Ipswich Nephrology and Transplant Services (MINTS), The Australasian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN), University of Queensland, John Hunter Hospital, Wollongong Hospital

This proposal aims to further refine the TEACH-PD patient training modules and materials developed by experts from the HOME Network (THN), utilising adult learning principles and eLearning techniques following the guidelines outlined by the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD). The long term plan for the pilot study and planned follow-up randomised controlled trial (RCT) is to introduce the TEACHPD program to all Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) units in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), translating current evidence into clinical practice.

Due to the large variations in peritonitis rates across different PD Units, there is a need to standardise training practices in order to reduce the rate of PD-related infection and improve patient outcomes. In alliance with the strategic priority to foster areas of research with a focus on community need, this project works directly to implement PD into the community effectively. In order to cater for a range of learning styles and setting (as recommended by the ISPD), the patient training manuals/curriculum developed by our team need to be converted to digital format and be evaluated. This will provide patients with flexibility in terms of their approach to learning, and brings the patient modules in line with the train-the-trainer (nurse) modules (already developed and evaluated). It will improve the understanding/treatment of the dialysis disease burden and also provide an opportunity for the PD patients be engaged in the development and evaluation of the digital format of the patient training manual. In addition, the funding will also support the translation to 2 top languages for both the paper-based and digital format of the patient training manual.

This project brings together experts in clinical education, online curriculum development, medical education experts and health economists. This multidisciplinary approach will aid the establishment of new collaborations from different fields.


Delivering better value healthcare starts with the evidence: training physiotherapists in South Western Sydney Local Health District to use high-quality clinical research to inform practice

Team: Mr David Wong, A/Prof Anne Moseley, Dr Adrian Traeger, Dr Alison Harmer, Mr Matthew Jennings

Collaborating organisations: Physiotherapy Department, Liverpool Hospital SWSLHD; Physiotherapy, SWSLHD; Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney

A priority in New South Wales is the system-wide implementation of effective multi-disciplinary health services. These services are grounded in high-quality clinical research. A challenge faced by clinicians delivering health services is having the time and skills to keep up-to-date with a rapidly expanding research base. Physiotherapists make an important contribution to multi-disciplinary care (for example, engaging consumers in exercise programs that decrease falls risk in the elderly, optimise function after stroke or improve exercise capacity in those with chronic lung disease). Physiotherapy intervention is informed by a research base that doubles in size every 3.5 years (currently over 40,000 articles). This project will explore the knowledge, skills and behaviour in evidence-based practice of physiotherapists working in hospitals in the South Western Sydney Local Health District. The impact of tailored, multifaceted and integrated training in evidence-based practice, with a focus on efficiency, will also be evaluated.



The South West Sydney Research Small Grant Scheme is expected to be offered again in early 2019.

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