Research and surveys

This page provides opportunities for all healthcare providers to interact for the the purpose of research and learning.

If you have a survey or project you would like us to share with our audience, please email the proposed information to practiceassist@wapha.org.au.

Research and surveys

Chronic Pain Management in General Practice (Division of General Practice, School of Medicine, UWA)

You are invited to participate in a project about chronic pain management in General Practice. This will involve a one-on-one interview with our GP researchers to share your experiences of managing patients with chronic pain including any challenges you have encountered, as well as your insights on what makes for good management of chronic pain in General Practice.
 
Participants will be partially compensated for the time taken for the interview with a payment of $150 plus GST. The interview will take a maximum of one hour and will occur at a time and place which is convenient to you.
 
The research is being conducted through the Division of General Practice at the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia.
 
This study is supported by funds received from the RACGP Chris Silagy Scholarship Grant. 
 
For further information about this study please contact Dr Lucy Gilkes at the University of Western Australia/University of Notre Dame on 
lucy.gilkes@nd.edu.au

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (The University of Queensland and Southern Cross University)

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is looking for health professionals to participate in an interview to explore current practices in coordinating discharge from specialist to primary care for stroke survivors. There is a lack of research in this area, and they are trying to determine what needs there are for health professionals to be supported in improving current practice. Their data will be much more meaningful with contributions from a broad range of health professionals.

They would your assistance with answering the following research question!
 
What is current practice amongst Australian healthcare professionals of coordinated discharge planning for people who have had a stroke?
 
Going home after a stroke is a significant milestone in the stroke recovery journey. To transition home successfully, patient-centred discharge planning is essential and results in reduced anxiety and depression, improved satisfaction with health care, continuity of care and general wellbeing. Successful discharge planning also improves compliance with community-based rehabilitation, and reduces length of stay, risk of rehospitalisation following discharge and risk of secondary stroke. As such, the provision of a stroke discharge care plan is recommended internationally in stroke clinical guidelines and standards. Ideally this process should be coordinated between acute and specialist care providers and primary care.

The study aims to determine healthcare professionals’ knowledge, confidence and satisfaction in coordinated discharge planning post stroke and perceived barriers and facilitators in current practice. We invite you to participate in an interview via videoconferencing to find out more about current practices and opportunities to improve discharge planning.
 
If you are interested in participating, please contact Cai Ling Chai at c.chai@uqconnect.edu.au who can arrange an interview via Zoom at a time that is convenient for you.
 
Participation in this project is entirely voluntary. The project has received ethical clearance from The University of Queensland and Southern Cross University.

 

Exploring gender in rural medical practice for healthcare delivery ( Queensland University of Technology)

Exploring gender in rural medical practice for healthcare delivery
  • Are you a medical doctor practicing in a regional, rural or remote location?
  • Are you a medical doctor who trained rurally or practised rurally (no more than five years ago) but are now metropolitan based? 
Then please consider participating in a research project aimed at understanding how ideas related to gender within rural medical practice influence doctors’ approaches to gender-based health issues. There are different ways you could participate, so for more information, please contact either Dr Christina Malatzky, lead researcher on 07 3138 3405 or via email christina.malatzky@qut.edu.au or Dr Clarissa Carden, research assistant, via email c.carden@qut.edu.au.
 
For further information please view the flyer here.
 

Opportunity for Primary Care Nurses to Learn and Earn (Monash University)

Opportunity for Primary Care Nurses to Learn and Earn

Researchers from Monash University  are seeking to recruit primary care nurses and midwives for an evaluation of an online learning module about preconception health.   

The study has been approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee. It involves completing two very brief online surveys (roughly 5 minutes) about preconception health, one before and one after viewing the online learning module. 

Viewing the learning module earns participants 1.5 CPD points and those who complete both surveys are entered into a draw to win one of five $100 Coles-Myer gift vouchers.

Click here to read more. 

Research Promotion: Parkinson's Australia GP survey

Parkinson's Australia wants to know more about the needs of GPs when it comes to providing care for people with Parkinson's. Your feedback through this short survey will help to improve education and resources for GPs to support people with Parkinson's.
 
For more information please click here.
 

Research Promotion: Sleep Literacy Survey (University of Western Australia)

Inadequate sleep is a significant public health issue. A recent parliamentary report (Bedtime Reading) recommended that the Australian government assesses the sleep knowledge of health professionals, and develops effective training mechanisms to improve the knowledge of primary healthcare practitioners in diagnosing and managing sleep health problems.
 
If you are a fully qualified medical practitioner, nurse, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, pharmacist or dentist working in Australia, you are invited to participate in this research study, which aims to survey knowledge, practices, and attitudes towards sleep in Australian Health Professionals. For more information please contact the Chief Investigator Dr Cele Richardson at +61 8 6488 3141 or cele.richardson@uwa.edu.au
 
To participate in the study, visit http://uwa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9vqPKwckURT4YpD
 
Participants will gain access to a sleep toolkit, which may assist with the management of sleep in their clinical practice.
 
Approval to conduct this research has been provided by the University of Western Australia, in accordance with its ethics review and approval procedures.
 

Research Promotion: GPs and Practice Nurses to participate with a study on grief in older people (National Ageing Research Institute in Melbourne)

The National Ageing Research Institute in Melbourne are seeking GPs and Practice Nurses to help improve bereavement support for older people.

The Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration, led by the National Ageing Research Institute, is conducting an interview study on grief and its effects on mental health and healthcare use in bereaved older people. They would like to hear more about clinical experiences with grief in older people.

To participate, you need to be:
a) A GP or practice nurse in Australia.
b) Regularly working and/ or caring for patients aged 65 years or older.
c) Able to read and write in English.

For more information please view the flyer here.

COVIDCBT study and self-help guide (Curtin University)

Researchers at Curtin University are currently looking for participants aged 18 years or over to test a free, self-help CBT guide to improve mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide provides ideas from international experts to improve mental health and wellbeing in children, teenagers, adults and older adults. Participants need not have mental health problems to join in, as the guide provides strategies to improve general wellbeing. To participate, visit our website at covidcbt.org
 
The project is funded by the State Government of Western Australia.  Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2020-0424).

For further information, please view the flyer here.

National cancer screening health worker engagement project (University of Melbourne)

The University of Melbourne is undertaking a project to understand how the primary healthcare workforce engages with the national cancer screening program (bowel, breast and cervical). Findings from the study will lead to the development of materials and initiatives to assist in boosting cancer screening participation.

During the first phase of the project the researchers are interested in interviewing nurses, GPs and Practice Managers to understand more about their role, their go-to-resources when they need more information about the screening programs and resources they would like to have access to.

For information about how to become involved in the project please contact Ebony Verbunt, Research Assistant, University of Melbourne over ebony.verbunt@unimelb.edu.auemail or phone 0429 928 039.

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