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

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

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 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 or Dr Clarissa Carden, research assistant, via email
For further information please view the flyer 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
To participate in the study, visit
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
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.

Feedback on primary health workforce communication materials for National Cancer Screening Programs (University of Melbourne)

The University of Melbourne, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM), Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and the VCS Foundation have undertaken a project for the Commonwealth Department of Health to understand how the primary healthcare workforce engages with the national cancer screening programs (bowel, breast and cervical).
Findings from this study have led to the development of communication materials to assist in boosting participation, education and engagement.
The current phase invites General Practitioners, practice managers and practice nurses to participate in a focus group discussion (via Zoom) to review and provide feedback on the developed communication materials. The focus group discussions will occur in early December 2020, with all participants receiving a $50 gift card for their time. 

See more information here

If you would like to find out more or are interested in participating, please email or call Kristi Milley, National Manager at the University of Melbourne,, 0411873253

Physiotherapy in mental health treatment (Curtin University)

Curtin University School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science is looking for general practitioners to participate in a study looking at the role of physiotherapy services in treating the physical health of people with serious mental illness. In particular looking at referral patterns and the barriers to, and enablers of, access to physiotherapy services for these people. 

Participate in a focus group interviews with colleagues or a one on one interview.

Each participant will receive $100 

  • Time contribution: ~60 minutes
  • Venues: Facility in Southwest WA or Curtin University, or via online platform
  • Date and time: To be confirmed
  • Refreshments will be provided for face to face

For more information click here, or email Eleanor Andrew

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2020-0641).

Blood Pressure Survey for GP's

The High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia in collaboration with the Heart Foundation, Stroke Foundation, Kidney Health Australia and the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance, is conducting a survey to collect views from Australian General Practitioners to inform future educational initiatives on high blood pressure diagnosis and management.
The survey takes less than <15 minutes to complete via GP survey: 

The survey will be open until 18th December 2020.

Hepatitis C primary care study (Telethon Kids Institute / University Sydney)

Safe, highly curative, short course, direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapies are now available to treat chronic hepatitis C.  DAA therapy is freely available to all adults chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Australia. However, since the introduction of funded DAA treatment, uptake has been suboptimal.  Researchers from University of Sydney and the Telethon Kids Institute with funding from WA Health are looking to engage GPs in a hepatitis C treatment registry study called PLATINUM C. The PLATINUM C Study aims to facilitate the prescribing of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy and collect information on real-world outcomes of individuals treated for hepatitis C.       If your practice is interested in being part of the study, please contact Jessica Ramsay for further information.

2 minute survey for GPs regarding the facilitators and barriers to prescribing treatment for hepatitis C.  This survey will inform future research in to strategies to increase the uptake of treatments for hepatitis C.  Please click on the following link to complete the survey
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