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Northern Health Small Research Grants

Thanks to the support and funds raised by the Northern Health Foundation, Northern Health is very excited to announce the first round of Small Research Grants for 2018. Applications for funds of up to $5000 will be considered.
Novice researchers are encouraged to apply!!!

Further details and application form can be downloaded here.

Please submit the application via email to NH.Research | at |

Applications close at 5 pm Thursday 15 March 2018 and successful applicants will be notified by 17 April 2018.

Please contact NH.Research | at | if you have any further enquiries.
Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!

Northern Health PhD Scholarship Recipients Announced !!!

Thanks to the generous support of our PhD scholarship donors; Riverlee, Alex Robertson and Healthcare Imaging Services, with funds raised through the Northern Health Foundation, we are pleased to announce the three successful recipients of the 2017 Northern Health PhD Scholarship program.

• Name: Rifly Rafiudeen
Title: Ivabradine and high sensitivity troponin in type II myocardial infarction: Insights from a randomized controlled study of Ivabradine in preventing peri-operative infarction, and in a cohort of patients with type II MI and acute coronary syndromes
University: Melbourne University
Supervisor: Associate Professor William van Gaal

• Name: Zahra Tanaz Nasr
Title: Engaging patients in the prevention and management of post-operative nausea and vomiting 
University: RMIT University
Supervisors: Associate Professor Zhen Zheng, Ms Wanda Stelmach

• Name: Elly Greenwood 
Title: Prenatal Sex selection in pregnancy and childbirth, exploring the trend in a multicultural setting
University: La Trobe University
Supervisor: Dr. Kristina Edvardsson

Over the next three years, these innovative research projects will progress through a diverse range of clinical and professional areas at Northern Health. This will not only help to build Northern Health’s research capacity, but ultimately aims to improve the health of the northern community into the future.   

Congratulations to the successful recipients of the PhD Scholarships, their supervisors and the participating universities!

News & Events

New Research Office

The new office space for Northern Health research staff on level 3 of the NCHER building was officially opened on May 4. Situated in this space will be the Northern Health Research Governance Officer, the Manager – Clinical Research and Research nurses and coordinators working on projects in Haematology, Oncology, Intensive Care, Cardiology,  Anaesthesia,  Trauma Service, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and  Aged Care. We are very excited to be bringing researchers across the organisation together to improve collaboration and build our research capacity at Northern Health. 

Northern Health Research Dinner

The 2017 Northern Health Research Dinner was held at the Grand Hyatt Mayfair Ballroom on Wednesday 26 April.

The University of Melbourne’s Trinity Tiger Tones

Simon McKeon was the keynote speaker and entertainment was by Kate Ceberano and the Trinity Tiger Tones from the University of Melbourne with Tim Campbell as MC. 
The dinner helped raise $ 92,000 to support research scholarships at Northern Health.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training
11 May 2017
Principal Investigators completing clinical trials are now required to complete GCP training prior to projects receiving NH governance approval. There are places available for online training.
Please contact Michelle for enquires – NH.research | at |

Current Research Projects at Northern Health
11 May 2017
The NH Office of Research & Ethics has placed a list of current research projects being conducted at NH on our internet site. The aim is to:
- highlight the various research projects conducted at NH to staff, patients and external stakeholders;
- encourage collaboration among researchers, both internal and external;
- provide our patients with information on our research projects so that they may approach researches if they are interested in being a part of our research.

To access the list, please click on the following link below.

The list is updated quarterly and we encourage feedback from you on this new initiative. Please send your feedback to ethics | at |

Research Education
A new research education calendar has been devised and is now advertised on the NH research intranet page. Department specific research education is also possible, please contact nh.research | at | to arrange this.  
Ethics application (online forms) ‘drop in’ sessions are conducted every second Wednesday in the computer Lab located on Level 2 of the NCHER building. Advice on research process and protocol writing is available at these sessions. See the Research education intranet page for specific dates.

Research Governance Committee
11 May 2017
An overarching NH Research Governance committee, chaired by the NH CEO, has now been set up. This committee will enable better oversight of research conducted across NH and aims to build research capacity, ensure safety and improve collaboration for research activities conducted by NH staff and partners. This will be complemented by divisional research sub-committees which will focus on research across the different divisions at NH.

Quality Improvement (QI) / Audit
11 May 2017 
A new quality improvement (QI) / Audit process has been devised for staff or partners wishing to conduct QI/Audit activities at NH and either publish or present these externally. This process has been streamlined to reduce some of the previously existing barriers. Further details can be found here:

Kind Regards
Jenni Smith
General Manager - Research, Education and Partnerships
Ambulatory Services
Chief Allied Health Officer
Northern Health