Research Opportunities Available

Researching Important Clinical Questions to Improve Health Outcomes

RICH Outcomes Workshop

Expressions of Interest
The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) are offering the opportunity for General Practitioners and Primary Care Clinicians to undertake research in Primary Care, focussing on important clinical problems. HNECC will facilitate this through available grant funding and creating opportunities to connect with professional researchers to provide direction, guidance and ongoing support to successful and approved projects.
The following six priority areas have been identified for this research:

  • Cancer Screening (breast, bowel, cervical)
  • Multi-disciplinary mental health care, in Primary Care settings
  • Chronic disease management (CVD, diabetes, COPD), and the role of Primary Care
  • Alternate pathways to urgent care, which may involve NSW Ambulance and General Practice
  • Reduction in unwarranted variation in prescribing in Primary Care (e.g. antimicrobials, benzodiazepines and opiates)
  • Management of opioid dependency in primary care

What: To facilitate this, HNECC PHN will host a NSW Regional Health Partners RICH Outcomes Workshop to bring together clinicians and professional researchers
Date: Thursday 19th April 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
You are invited to propose a project under one of the identified six priority areas, to present at the RICH Workshop. You will need to complete and submit an Expressions of Interest (EOI) and clearly identify the provisional aim, feasibility and healthcare outcome(s) from your proposed project.

EOI’s closing date: 26th February 2018 to

Click here to download the EOI.

If your proposal is accepted to be presented at the RICH Outcomes Workshop your audience will include professional researchers and clinicians who will contribute to the topic and form a working group after the workshop for ongoing support of the research project. All EOIs will be evaluated by a review panel, and successful EOIs notified week of the 12 March 2018. Successful applicants will be provided with a presentation template to assist in presentation preparation for the workshop.
To support General practitioners and Primary Care Clinicians to undertake this research, scholarships of up to $25,000 are available to successful projects. Attendance at the workshop is free however, HNECC PHN will cover travel and accommodation costs for teams to present at the workshop, if required.
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