Research Projects

 

General practice feedback is requested via the following research projects:

Call for general practices to participate in COPD trial

General practices are invited to participate in the Activating Primary Care COPD Patients with Multimorbidity (APCOM) trial. The APCOM trial aims to improve the quality of life of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic health conditions, through an innovative practice nurse-led, tailored self-management program. Practice participation is being supported by a recompense of $500 each to all participating general practices for recruiting eligible patients for the trial. General practices allocated to the intervention arm of the trial will be with provided a payment of $60/hour for the practice nurse’s time attending a one-day training workshop and for the delivery of the self-management program to participating patients in five personalised health coaching sessions.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Professor Nick Zwar at nzwar@bond.edu.au or 0417 063 061, or Professor Liz Halcomb at ehalcomb@uow.edu.au or 4221 3784.

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Your input invited on diagnostic imaging

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is reviewing the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme Standards and Accreditation Model. Consumers and health professionals are invited to:

  • help shape these standards by identifying the quality and safety issues patients face accessing diagnostic imaging and the strategies that will provide patients with a safe and high-quality diagnostic imaging service.
  • provide thoughts on possible accreditation models for diagnostic imaging

The consultation is open until Monday, 2 May.

Visit the commission’s website to complete a survey, make a submission or register to participate in an online consultation forum.

 

Researchers exploring GP-patient relationshipsEXPLOR~1

University of Queensland researchers are seeking GPs and their practices willing to participate in a study exploring how healing GP-patient relationships are experienced and cultivated. Patients of consenting GPs will be invited to complete an initial patient survey, after which a smaller number of patients and their GPs will be invited to participate in semi-structured interviews and complete an additional questionnaire. Interview participants will be compensated for their time with a $50 Coles/Myer gift voucher.
Please express your interest in participating by emailing Dr Hayley Thomas at h.thomas@uq.edu.au.

 

Project aims to reduce risk of further osteoporotic fractures

The National Health and Medical Research Council is looking for GPs interested in being involved in a Quality Improvement Project exploring a new model of osteoporosis management.

The overarching aim of the Quality Improvement Project is to reduce a patient’s risk of further osteoporotic fractures by:

  • Increasing the identification of people who are at risk of further (‘secondary’) fracture, ie those diagnosed with a potential fragility fracture
  • Increasing the clinical assessment and investigation of those at risk of secondary fracture
  • Increasing the initiation and maintenance of treatment for those diagnosed with osteoporosis

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General practices sought to collaborate on evaluation of web-based developmental checks

General practices are being called on to collaborate on a research study evaluating web-based developmental checks. Involvement would include recruiting families with children aged 16 to 24 months during a 12-month recruitment period to test parental uptake and accuracy of the Watch Me Grow – Integrated web link for developmental surveillance in primary care. The cluster randomised controlled trial is recruiting 40 practices (about 20 in NSW) and enrolling 2,000 children (about 1,000 in NSW), over a 12-month period during the child’s 18-month vaccination visit. Practices will be randomised to WMG-I or their current service provision for developmental surveillance. The WMG-I approach will improve the effectiveness of surveillance programs and be directly relevant to practice and policy. Families will receive automated online follow-up surveys at three and four years of age. Children who screen at risk will be invited to receive a free gold standard assessment with the research team at 24 months and receive a full report to share with their GP.
If you are interested in participating, or want more information, please email your completed EOI to Christa Lam-Cassettari on c.lamcassettari@unsw.edu.au

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Survey participants needed for genetics of depression study

The Australian Genetics of Depression Study is recruiting Australian adults aged 18 and above who have been treated for depression. The study aims to learn more about the genetic drivers of clinical depression and the genetic factors that influence the effectiveness of various clinical depression treatments. Patients willing to participate in the study can call 1800 257 179 or email gendep@qimrberghofer.edu.au

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Research aims to develop new model of care for prostate cancer screening

Researchers at the University of Sydney/Bond University are inviting GPs to take part in a research study aiming to codesign a new model of care for prostate cancer screening and discuss options for informed testing. If you are a GP working in Australia and interested in participating in a 30-minute interview, conducted on Zoom or telephone, then please complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to kristen.pickles@sydney.edu.au. Researchers will be asking for your views on two decision aids for PSA test screening and seeking your views on recent developments which might impact how prostate cancer screening is conducted. You will be reimbursed $150 for your time.

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Invitation to participate in the QUEST PHC project

General practices are invited to participate in a research project entitled Quality Equity and Systems Transformation in Primary Health Care (QUEST PHC) being conducted by Western Sydney University. The aim of this research is to develop and test a tool to measure quality of healthcare in Australian general practice. As part of this research, we want to hear from those who work in primary healthcare (including but not limited to practice principals, GP contractors, practice nurses and managers) to help us evaluate a set of measures and indicators of quality healthcare. We will be asking you to participate in three rounds of an online Delphi survey in which you will be asked to rate and comment on and the validity and feasibility of individual indicators and measures of quality healthcare. A link to each online survey will be emailed to you and will stay opened for three weeks. Each round will take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The three rounds will be completed over a period of roughly 15 weeks, making allowance for the holiday period in December and January. Your participation and responses will be anonymous to other participants. 

For more information, a Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form are included below.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Phyllis Lau (phyllis.lau@westernsydney.edu.au).

If you would like to participate, please return the signed consent form by email or fax to Samantha Ryan (samantha.ryan@westernsydney.edu.au or 4620 3299).


Feedback sought on draft Clozapine-induced Myocarditis Monitoring Guideline

NSW Health is calling for feedback from GPs on the draft NSW Health Clozapine-induced Myocarditis Monitoring Guideline. The new guideline will replace the existing Clozapine-induced Myocarditis Monitoring Protocol. To provide feedback, please complete the consultation template linked below and return it to susie.thompson@health.nsw.gov.au by Monday, 6 December.


Research 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

 

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. 

Take the survey

Further questions can be directed to study coordinator Michelle Hsu at michelle.hsu@health.nsw.gov.au