The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON research boosted by NHMRC

Monday, 6 February 2017

UON researchers will move to effectively translate research into practice thanks to the latest round of NHMRC funding.

Our researchers will lead teams of national and international researchers to apply evidence to practice through NHMRC Partnership Projects, with national and international interest.

The NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health (partnership projects) create partnerships between decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers.

Through the scheme, a specific research question will be answered in order to address and influence health and well-being through changes in delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services.

UON has successfully been awarded two NHMRC Partnership projects.

Professor Christopher Levi,
School of Medicine and Public Health, $980k

There is a large evidence-practice gap for acute stroke care in Australia, and this inequality is particularly obvious in regional Australia.

This partnership project will see Professor Levi lead a team who will implement a proven telehealth program across 20 regional sites with the aim of providing increased access to thromobolysis and triage for endovascular clot retrieval through screening with multimodal CT.

Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden,
School of Medicine and Public Health. $586k

The implementation of school physical activity policies has been recommended as a strategy to prevent chronic disease.

Professor Wolfenden will investigate strategies to maximise the uptake and implementation of these policies to ensure that they can improve student health.

The collaborative project brings together stakeholders from the health and education sector and utilises the expertise of health promotion practitioners, physical activity experts and implementation scientists.

TRIP Fellowships

UON has been successfully awarded two NHMRC TRIP Fellowships. TRIP fellowships provide support for healthcare professionals for Translating Research Into Practice.

Dr Nicole Nathan,
School of Medicine and Public Health $177,197

Research has identified the need-for, and importance of, school-based physical activity programs to improve children’s health. However, most schools fail to implement mandatory physical activity policies.

Dr Nathan will use her TRIP fellowship to address key evidence gaps through the conduct of rigorous trials to assess the effectiveness of strategies to improve implementation of evidence based physical activity policies and practices in schools, and to conduct secondary analyses to identify the mechanism by which such strategies improve implementation.

Dr Megan Freund,
School of Medicine and Public Health $177,197

Looking to assist in Closing The Gap between the health of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, Dr Freund has worked on a number of research projects developed in consultation with Aboriginal community members and organisations, researchers, and health staff.

Despite the health benefits offered by an annual health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages, up to 80 per cent of Aboriginal people do not have an up to date health check.

This Fellowship looks to examine the effectiveness of systems-based intervention in increasing health assessments in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.


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