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A note from our Executive Director:

We have recently welcomed three new members to the WAHTN Executive Board: Dr Terry Bayliss representing the Private Health sector, Professor Bill Morgan for the Medical Research Institute sector, and Professor Harlene Hayne for the University sector. Our thanks to the departing members - Professor Shirley Bowen, Professor Peter Leedman AO and Professor Eeva Leinonen - for their valuable contributions during their terms. We also wish Eeva all the best with her move back to the northern hemisphere.

WAHTN has been invited to join the Department of Health WA Data Linkage Research Advisory Committee. This committee is being established to provide strategic advice necessary to inform decision-making of the DoH Data Linkage Executive Council on data linkage, research and governance issues. Data linkage has long been a strength of WA medical research and WAHTN is a strong advocate of its continued resourcing.

In exciting news on the WA National Imaging Facility (NIF) Node, a tender process for a 3T MRI and digital PET-CT has been carried out over the last couple of months. This is wonderful news as we move closer to having dedicated equipment for research imaging in humans in WA. WAHTN was instrumental in combining the efforts of many groups to match and therefore obtain Commonwealth infrastructure funding.

We are also pleased to see an Australian Research Data Commons node awarded to UWA. WAHTN coordinated a WA bid to have one of nine nodes across Australia with many WAHTN partners combining to submit a successful bid through the WAHTN Clinical Trials and Data Management Centre.  

WA researchers received $7.7 million in the latest round of MRFF funding announced on June 30th. While it is pleasing to see funding for projects at UWA, Perkins, Curtin and the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services, we note that only 4.3% of the total of $180 million was allocated to WA - a disproportionately low share given the volume of research undertaken in our state. WAHTN is keen to work with WA researchers to build capacity and success through collaborative research submissions.

We are also concerned about the planned closure of the Animal Resources Centre currently based at Murdoch University, and will be working closely with our partners in WA and our fellow Australian Health Research Alliance members to advocate for the sector on this issue. 

Until next month,
Professor Gary Geelhoed

IRNet survey

The Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network (IRNet) Coordination Team is inviting representatives from our partners to complete a short (<5 minutes) survey.

The survey aims to find out how the AHRA Centres and their Partners are working toward the strategies and actions which comprise the IRNet Action Plan 2019-2021. Read the action plan and complete the survey here.

LHS webinar

Our Victorian counterparts at Monash Partners invite you to their upcoming online event, The power of Learning Health Systems: A must attend event connecting data, evidence translation and healthcare improvement.

There is a growing interest in the Learning Health System (LHS) to facilitate the use of evidence and health data to inform decision making in clinical care.

At this online event, healthcare leaders will share how the LHS is informing their work. Hear about the benefits and challenges of a LHS and how to implement your own approach. Register here.

Aspire Awards

Business Events Perth’s Aspire Awards are now open for applications! 

The Aspire Program provides grants of up to $10,000 to support Western Australian researchers, academics, and professionals to attend an international business event in the interest of professional development. Apply today.

Achievements

Congratulations to:

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Current funding opportunities include:
  • Business Events Perth Aspire Awards (up to $10,000)
  • FHRI Implementation Science Fellowships and Translation Fellowships ($200,000 p.a. for three years)
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Please be aware that the following events may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Check with event organisers for real time updates.
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CCIProgram update


The CCIProgram team is proud to be launching a new online course, Consumer and Community Involvement in Health Research, in collaboration with the RETProgram next month.
The course (which will be free for staff of WAHTN and AHRA partner organisations) offers an introduction to consumer and community involvement (CCI) in health and medical research, and is ideal for those who are wondering where to begin. 

They'll also be offering more in-depth live training workshops (in person and online) over the next few months: CCI in Practice and Communicating CCI.

Subscribe to the CCIProgram newsletter to hear when registrations open!
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RETProgram update

Our Research Education and Training Program courses are available free for staff within WAHTN Partner Organisations.

This month, following on from NAIDOC Week, we're highlighting our courses focused on Indigenous health:
Improving Aboriginal Children's Lung Health
Paediatric Aboriginal Lung Health: Asthma Diagnosis and Interpretation of Spirometry
Chronic respiratory disease is prevalent among Aboriginal children but most doctors have never had the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal paediatric lung health or been given the tools to take a respiratory history in a culturally appropriate way. These courses are designed to address this gap.

These two courses are free for EVERYONE to participate in, and approved for 2 CPD points in the RACGP CPD program.
 
“Format was easy to follow and engaging. Cultural learning was applicable to all areas of health not just respiratory health.”
- Feedback from Gabrielle Dunn-Karakaya (WACHS) on the Improving Aborginal Children's Lung Health course

To stay updated on current and new RETProgram courses, register here!
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CTDMC update


Our Clinical Trials and Data Management Centre offers a Clinical Research Support Service, with on-site meetings available for WAHTN partners. 
In August, they will be visiting Armadale Health Service and Joondalup Health Campus. If you would like help with clinical research, please visit the website or email Christine Robins at CTDMC@curtin.edu.au for further information or to book a session.
Find out more about the CTDMC

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