Research Projects

 

General practice feedback is requested via the following research projects:

 

Feedback invited on cultural responsiveness of motivational interviewing

Mental health professionals and clinicians trained in motivational interviewing are invited to contribute to research into the value, issues and effectiveness of motivational interviewing as a mental health intervention for use in Indigenous communities.
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How can Canterbury-Bankstown better support people with dementia?

Researchers from Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute are looking to develop initiatives which empower and support people living with dementia in the Canterbury-Bankstown community. Members of the English, Arabic and Vietnamese speaking communities are encouraged to participate.

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Research looks at TAperiNG Opioids in older adults with musculoskeletal pain

Researchers at The University of Sydney are conducting a research study called TANGO. The study aims to develop an educational intervention to help older people with musculoskeletal pain reduce their use of opioid medications. TANGO GP InviteResearchers are looking for general practitioners to provide their feedback on the design and content of two leaflets.

Participants should be:

  • Healthcare professionals with at least three years of clinical experience; and
  • Healthcare professionals who have worked closely with older people who experience low back pain, hip or knee osteoarthritis within the last 12 months.

If you are interested in taking part in the study or if you have any questions, please email alessandra.marcelo@sydney.edu.au

 

Families needed for study looking at engaging parents to monitor how children are growing and developing​

South Western Sydney Local Health District is looking for parents/caregivers of children aged between six months and three years old living in Fairfield to participate in a study. The study is testing whether using the Watch Me Grow – Electronic App results in better engagement of parents in child developmental surveillance leading to early identification and support for child development, parental mental health and family social care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about their child’s skills and their own mental health and psychosocial (emotional, social and financial) concerns at three (at recruitment, in six months and in 12 months) time points over a one-year period.

If you have patients which meet this criteria, please consider referring them to study.

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If you or your patient would like to speak with the study team about the research, please contact Teresa on teresa.winata@nsw.health.gov.au

 

Promoting access to COVID-19 vaccination in general practice for Aboriginal people in NSW

The NSW Ministry of Health and the RACGP have commissioned research to provide an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in general practice around engaging and promoting access to COVID-19 vaccination for Aboriginal people.

The research will be undertaken by ACA Research, a specialist healthcare market research agency and will involve focus groups with practice managers, GPs and practice nurses working in practices which have at least 20 patients registered who identify as Aboriginal. 

The focus groups are likely to be scheduled in the week commencing 13 September and will take place on Zoom in the early evening, lasting around 90 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed fully for their time.

Please contact Dr Steve Nuttall, director at ACA Research, via email snuttall@acaresearch.com.au or mobile 0458 011 166 if you are interested in participating in the focus group.

 

Dieticians invited to take Keeping the Body in Mind program survey

A survey to determine the perspectives of dietitians working in private practice towards improving the physical health of people who have experienced mental illness, is being undertaken as part of the Keeping the Body in Mind program. The 15-minute survey will ask participants to share their views, confidence and skills in working with people with mental illness.  
To take the survey
Further questions can be directed to study coordinator Michelle Hsu at michelle.hsu@health.nsw.gov.au 


Support for people living with dementia who are retiring from driving

Researchers at the University of Queensland are seeking participants in South Western Sydney and surrounding areas for the Living with Dementia and Driving Study. The study is funded by National Health and Medical Research Council.

As part of the study, people living with dementia and/or their carers will have the opportunity to take part in the CarFreeMe program. This program is delivered via telehealth by an occupational therapist or psychologist and aims to provide personalised support and education to help people with dementia maintain their community access and quality of life when retiring from driving. The program is suitable for people living with dementia who are planning to retire from driving soon or who have stopped driving within the past two years. There are no costs involved in the study and participation is entirely voluntary.

If you have a patient who might be a suitable participant for the study, you could encourage them to contact the researchers. They can contact: Stephanie Mulhall (Regional Coordinator) on 0439 587 982 or email s.mulhall@uq.edu.au,  or contact Dr Theresa Scott (Principal Investigator) theresa.scott@uq.edu.au  or visit  www.carfreeme.com.au

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