Nursing and midwifery research has received a boost this week, with the award of four $5,000 research kickstarter grants.
The grants were provided by the WSLHD Research and Education Network, in collaboration with the Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre.
The Kickstarter Research Grant Scheme was launched this year to support new and emerging nurse and midwife researchers working in the district.
A total of four grants were available to support nurses and midwifes with new clinician-led research projects.
A number of applications were received, with only six participants making it through to ‘the pitch’ session.
Finalists were required to pitch their research project idea to a panel of judges and peers in an engaging session this week at Westmead.
Four grants were awarded for $5,000 each to support individual clinician-led projects.
The winners included Sarah Tapp (Midwifery Service, Auburn Hospital), Joby Alex (Continence CNC, Community and Integrated Health), Lisa White (Midwifery Service, Blacktown Hospital) and Marlene Payk (Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Service, Westmead Hospital).
There was a diverse range of research projects including birth unit design, improving continence care in the community and digital health approaches to improving medication safety in diabetes.
Senior Research Fellow of the Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Dr Caleb Ferguson said there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the pitch session.
“It was really exciting to see such a diverse range of projects and reseach engaged nurses and midwifes,” he said.
“I wish them all the very best with these important research studies.”
Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Clinical Governance for WSLHD Joanne Edwards said she wishes the recipients well in their individual research projects.
“We’re really passionate about supporting nursing and midwifery research in the district and we’re supporting and building research capacity to improve patient outcomes.
“Last year we launched our new Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, a collaboration with Western Sydney University.
“As part of our research strategic plan in collaboration with the Research and Education Network we are supporting 4 nursing- and midwifery-led Kickstarter Research projects.
“The pitch session was phenomenal, with talented emerging nurse and midwife researchers pitching a range of their ideas for projects. ”.