The Research and Education Network, Western Sydney Local Health District and University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences recently launched a new initiative to support allied health research across the district.
Applications for the Kickstarter Allied Health research grants, valued at $5000, were received from various allied health employees across WSLHD, in collaboration with the health sciences faculty.
Eleven applications were received and six were shortlisted.
The shortlisted projects were presented to a panel of judges and fellow allied health staff on October 17.
There was a lot of energy in the room and the presentations were well-received by the audience.
We are pleased to announce the 2017 Kickstarter grant recipients:
- Caron Blumenthal (senior clinical dietitian and scientist, Westmead Hospital) – for research into gestational weight gain, postpartum weight retention and infant obesity.
- Reggie Daguio (senior speech pathologist, Blacktown Hospital) – for research into the effects of a home-based lingual strength training program, using the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI) in head & neck cancer patients.
- Marie March (physiotherapist, Blacktown Hospital) – for a feasibility study into whether a brief, physiotherapy-delivered resilience intervention before total knee replacement reduces hospital length of stay.
- Joshua Pate (senior physiotherapist, Westmead Hospital) – to build research capacity in multidisciplinary musculoskeletal pain management.
Congratulations to all the recipients.