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Implementation Science Strategic Platform - Seed Grant Round 1  

Director of the Implementation Science component of Maridulu Budyari Gumal, Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Platform, Professor Sandy Middleton commented on the high level of interest in the scheme. ‘This was the first time the Implementation Science Platform was able to offer seed grants and we received applications from a wide range of clinical specialities and disciplines’ said Professor Middleton. Over thirty applications were received, demonstrating the clear demand for implementation science research funding within SPHERE. The projects funded covered a range of clinical specialities including vascular disease, palliative care, heart failure and paediatrics. Successful applications represented six Clinical Academic Groups (CAG) - Respiratory, Sleep, Environmental, and Occupational Health; Palliative Care; Age and Ageing; Cardiac and Vascular Health; Cancer; and Early Life Determinants of Health. Two of the successful five projects included more than one CAG. Successful applicants also included two SPHERE academic partners - the University of Technology, Sydney and University of New South Wales, and included multidisciplinary nursing, medical and allied health teams. The grants aim to develop translational research knowledge and, in the future, encourage project teams to apply for larger grants including the Commonwealth’s Medical Research Future Fund and the New South Wales Translational Research Grants Scheme. The Implementation Science Platform looks forward to following the outcomes of these projects and their impact on the patient care following their completion by August 2022.

The successful applications for 2020 are:

Using behaviour change theory to drive scalability of the hand-held fan for chronic breathlessness.

Dr Tim Luckett

Faculty of Health, UTS

CAG: Respiratory, Sleep, Environmental, and Occupational Health; Palliative Care; Age and Ageing; Cancer

Implementation of Walking Tall against Vascular Disease for at-risk patients in a vascular clinical practice.    

Dr Matthew Brodie

Biomedical Engineering, UNSW

CAG: Cardiac and Vascular Health

Improve knowledge of fatigue management in life-limiting illness: an implementation science m-Health project.        

Dr Kat Urban

Head of Department, Palliative Medicine Staff Specialist

Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick NSW

CAG: Palliative Care

Healthier Wealthier Families: A pilot feasibility trial addressing child poverty through health care service delivery.                

Dr Jade Burley

Research Associate 

Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

CAG: Early Life Determinants of Health

The HF-PC Implementation project: meeting patient and/or carer needs in Heart Failure-Palliative-Care.      

A/Professor Louise Hickman

Director of Palliative Care Studies

IMPACCT study, UTS   

CAG: Cardiac and Vascular Health; Age and Ageing; Palliative Care

Accelerating Healthcare Innovation during COVID-19+BEYOND

Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE’s HealthHatchery and Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group have come together to accelerate healthcare innovation with the COVID-19 + BEYOND project.

Implementation Science Strategic Platform - Seed Grant Round 1  

The Implementation Science Strategic Platform recently awarded five $20,000 translational research seed grants. The grants aim to support academic and clinical multidisciplinary teams translate evidence into clinical practice using an implementation science framework. Mentoring new and emerging implementation scientists was also a priority for this round of funding.

Announcement of New Chair for Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Council

In our latest news, we are pleased to announce that Ms Amanda Larkin, Chief Executive South Western Sydney Local Health District will be taking over as the Chair of SPHERE Council at the August 2020 meeting. Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice Chancellor and President of UNSW will be stepping down from the Chair after 4 years of outstanding leadership. We thank Professor Jacobs for his vision, expertise, generosity, energy and great poise in guiding the formation and development of our academic health science partnership. We look forward to Ms Larkin leading us into the next exciting phase of our partnership.