A note from our Executive Director:

February 2021 has certainly been a busy month. The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has commenced, ensuring key health and medical staff as well as the aged care sector are some of the first people in the community to receive the inoculation. This will be the most ambitious vaccination program Western Australia has ever seen and I commend the State Government on their tireless efforts to date.  

I wish to acknowledge the successful recipients of the WA Western Australian Future Health Research & Innovation Fund Focus Grants for COVID-19, which have been awarded to local researchers and innovators to tackle health and wellbeing challenges related to the COVID-19 emergency, totalling $6 million. In particular, Professor Merrilee Needham, South Metropolitan Health Service, and Dr Aron Chakera, North Metropolitan Health Service, who were awarded $880,000 to build a digital WA-wide research platform, known as TRANSFORM which will provide access to quality, real-time prospective data on COVID-19 patients for a range of research purposes.

Congratulations to Professor Steve Webb on his nomination for The Australian Newspaper 2021 Australian of the Year Award for his leadership of the Randomised, Embedded, Multi-factorial, Adaptive Platform for Community-Acquired Pneumonia (REMAP-CAP). Steve has coordinated efforts from around the world to uncover some of the best intensive care treatments for COVID-19, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Steve was actively involved in the WAHTN COVID-19 Research Collaboration sharing his knowledge from the clinical trials perspective.

I also wish to congratulate Professor Peter Leedman who has been awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (in the General division) at the recently announced Australia Day 2021 Honours List. Professor Leedman AO has actively supported WAHTN in various roles over the years and is currently serving as a WAHTN Executive Board Member. To be recognised in the prestigious Honours list is testament to Peter’s remarkable work with health and medical research.

The Consumers Health Forum (CHF) Summit is fast approaching, scheduled on 18–19 March 2021, those interested in coming together to explore, discuss and grow the concept and practice of consumer-centred care are encouraged to register.

Registrations for our exciting Science on the Swan 2021 conference are opening soon. Of particular interest should be the third day, which will be given over to the WA COVID-19 experience. Our Health Minister, Director General, Chief Health Officer and Chief Scientist will speak on their involvement, followed by presentations from WA researchers working in the field. Full conference details can be found on the conference website.

Applications open on 4 March 2021 for the Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Initiative. I encourage all eligible institutions to apply.

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

Until next month,
Professor Gary Geelhoed

ACvA Webinar: Research Impact: Perspectives from Government, Philanthropy and Research  

The webinar will be in a Q&A format, with panellists invited to speak on their perspectives when considering research impact in the context of grant applications/ programs. The session will be chaired by Professor Andrew Searles.

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CHF Summit 2021

The Consumers Health Forum (CHF) will be hosting the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Consumer Experience and Leadership in Healthcare Summit online on 18-19 March 2021. The Summit will offer both organisations and consumers who want to be at the forefront of system change the opportunity to come together to explore, discuss and grow the concept and practice of consumer-centred care.

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Science on the Swan 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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Value-Based Health Care Conference 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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Looking for Funding?

  • FHRI Near-Miss Awards 2021
  • Premier’s Science Fellowship Program
  • Research Translation Projects 2021
  • Forrest Research Foundation Prospect Fellowship Scheme
  • Raine Priming Grants
  • Clinician Research Fellowship
  • MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant
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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.

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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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