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Kickstarter grant recipients Joshua Pate, Caron Blumenthal, Reggie Daguio and Marie March.

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.