A note from our Executive Director:

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway in WA with no major problems so far. The State Government has informed Western Australians that everyone will have received their inoculation by October 2021, ensuring Western Australians are afforded the continued ease in restrictions.

March 2021 has certainly been a busy month for the State Government with the WA election seeing the McGowan Labor Government re-elected for a second term in a landslide victory. The new Ministry was sworn in on 19 March 2021 and I was personally delighted to see that Minister Roger Cook had retained the Health portfolio where he is doing important work overseeing WA's COVID-19 response as well as championing medical research and innovation. In addition to the Health portfolio, Minister Cook is responsible for a newly created portfolio focusing on Medical Research. This is a great outcome for the State of Western Australia as it will align with the WA Future Health Research & Innovation Fund strategy and priorities. State Development, Jobs and Trade; and Science have also been added to Minister Cook’s portfolio.

WAHTN is delighted to announce that registrations have opened for our exciting Science on the Swan 2021 conference. Our theme for the 2021 conference is Embedding Research and Innovation in Health Care with COVID-19 Insights. Early Bird registrations close on 31 March 2021 so register now to secure your place at SOTS 2021. The SOTS Organising Committee has been confirming the speakers for the Program, which will be finalised soon. You can view the Program at a glance here. Full conference details can be found on the conference website.

Congratulations to Dr Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts, from The University of Western Australia who has been acknowledged as a leading researcher in wound healing. Dr Sandy-Hodgetts has been awarded the prestigious international award for innovation in treatment of surgical wound complications. Dr Sandy-Hodgetts is on the Working Group for the AHRA National Wounds Initiative project to determine the actual costs of wound care based on best practice-best product.


As Chair of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), I am delighted to announce that the newly created AHRA website is now live. You can access the website here. The website highlights the important National System Level Initiatives and research networks funded by MRFF and align with national and government priorities.

As one of ten members of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), WAHTN is pleased to announce that the AHRA Women's Health Research, Translation and Impact Network is offering 20 one-off 12-month funded grants. This is a wonderful opportunity for women interested in furthering their research careers.

The Consumers Health Forum (CHF) Summit was held virtually on 18 – 19 March 2021, and was extremely well received. Attendees came together to explore, discuss and grow the concept and practice of consumer-centred care. AHRA combined with the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) to present support for consumer involvement in all aspects of research.

Read further to find more information about events and the latest funding opportunities.

Until next month,
Professor Gary Geelhoed

Science on the Swan 2021, 16-18 May 2021

The theme for SOTS 2021 is Driving Translational Research – Embedding Research and Innovation in Health Care. The Conference will showcase the very best of research and scientific endeavours in Western Australia. Covering a mix of fundamental, biomedical, clinical, health and social science, the Conference offers linkage opportunities for both industry and researchers, especially connecting early career to more senior and established health science and clinical leaders.

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New grants supporting women in the early and mid-stages of their research careers 

The Australian Health Research Alliance Women's Health Research, Translation and Impact Network is offering 20 one-off 12-month funded grants to facilitate career advancement and development in women in early and mid-stages of their research careers.

This support will advance the career development of women working across the breadth of women’s health research and build capacity in women researchers across underrepresented groups, diverse disciplines and Indigenous research.

This grant round is open now and offers a one-year competitive award of up to $15,000 to commence on 1 July 2021.

Applications close on Monday 26 April 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 21 May 2021.

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Survey - Understanding ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

A/Prof Luke Burchill Chair of the MACH Aboriginal Leadership Group is conducting a survey to understand Australian researchers’ (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) perspectives regarding the use and application of ethical guidelines with attention to governance as a foundation for ethical Indigenous health research. 
The survey is anonymous and should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Your involvement in the survey will contribute to a vital area of research that aims to improve the application of ethical guidelines to research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Improved understanding of how these guidelines are currently used and how they may be better applied in the future will benefit both the research and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw from the survey at any time.

The survey will be open until 9 May. For further information please contact Luke Burchill:

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Value-Based Health Care Conference 2021, 25-28 May 2021

Join the Continuous Improvement in Cancer Care for an exciting and thought provoking event about how to put value-based health care (VBHC) into practice. The aim of the conference is to showcase and celebrate Australian value-based healthcare innovation, initiatives, implementation, research and training from all areas of the health care system.

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase, 27-28 July 2021

On 27 and 28 July the University of Sydney and Sydney Health Partners will host the second annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase.
Organised by the Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network (IRNet), an AHRA National System Levels Initiative, the Showcase will bring together Australia’s leading thinkers on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, while spotlighting the work of our most promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.

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14th National Allied Health Conference, 9-12 August 2021

The National Allied Health Conference, to be held online for the first time, will give us the opportunity to explore and discuss the many factors that contribute to the overall success of Allied Health in Australia. There will be an exciting program of speakers, workshops, virtual exhibitors and lots of networking opportunities.

The live conference days will be held on 10-12 August, with pre-conference workshops available to book on 9 August.

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Looking for Funding?

  • Clinician Research Fellowship
  • Women's Health Research Translation and Impact Network EMCR Grants
  • MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant
  • NHMRC Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change
The Western Australian Future Health Research & Innovation Fund is looking for reviewers. EoIs can be submitted here.
Read More About Funding and Fellowships

National and state events:

Please be aware that the following events may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Please check with event organisers for real time updates.
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CCIProgram update

If you're currently developing grant applications or have a project which requires community involvement, why not reach out to the CCIProgram to see how they can help your research project succeed? If you'd like to book a time to discuss your application or project please get in touch.

If you would like to stay up to date with CCIProgram activities sign up to their mailing list or join their Program to get involved (please note signing up for the mailing list does not create a Program account).
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RETProgram update

RETProgram training is freely available for all staff within WAHTN Partner Organisations. The Research Governance Service (RGS) and Improving Aboriginal Children’s Lung Health modules are available free to everyone. View our full suite of available modules.

If you have any feedback for the RETProgram team, or would like to work collaboratively to develop a topic for training, please get in touch.

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CTDMC update

The Clinical Research Support Service offer on-site meetings to all WAHTN partners every Tuesday.

Forty-five minute bookable sessions are offered at the following times: 9:00am-9:45am, 10:00am-10:45am, 11:00am-11:45am, 1:00pm-1:45pm, 2:00pm-2:45pm and 3:00pm-3:45pm. If you would like help with clinical research, please visit the WAHTN website for upcoming session dates.

Over the past two years CTDMC have assisted people with getting started in research, essential documents for clinical trials, networking, REDCap, data management, audits, monitoring, biostatistics and study design. 

CTDMC also offer external monitoring and auditing services for Investigator-initiated clinical trials.

For further information or to book a session, please email Christine Robins at
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