Research receives a kicking start

There was a buzz about nursing and midwifery research across Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) recently.

For the second year running, the WSLHD Research and Education Network awarded four $5,000 Kickstarter Grants to support new and emerging nursing and midwifery researchers in the district.

WSLHD director of Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Governance, Carol Farmer, said we are passionate about supporting nursing and midwifery research.

“These grants are part of our strategy to increase opportunities for our nurses and midwives to do research as part of their career journey,” Ms Farmer said.

“It was very encouraging to see so many nurses and midwives take time out to come and support their colleagues.”

Sydney Health Partners media and communications manager Mark Mathot presents the People’s Choice Award to Westmead Hospital ED nurse Emma Dixon.

More than 50 nurses, midwives, clinicians, academics and colleagues gathered at the ceremony at Westmead, to support and listen to eight finalists pitch their proposals.

This included proposals on infection prevention, community delirium detection, hand hygiene, pressure injuries, sexual health, diabetes in obesity, staff well-being and end of life care.

2019 grant recipients included Community Dementia clinical nurse consultant Angelique O’Flynn, Blacktown metabolic and weight Loss program clinical nurse consultant Annette MacDonald, Clinical Practice and Innovation nurse manager Claire MacBean and Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre nurse practitioner Donna Tilley.

Claire MacBean and Andrea Kirk present their research.

Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre director, Professor Rochelle Wynne, said it was exciting to know that there are so many talented nurses and midwives keen to undertake research.

“Nurses at the point of care are perfectly positioned to lead the implementation of evidence-based practice in WSLHD,” Prof Wynne said.

“The Centre is thrilled to be able to support nurses and midwives to realise their research goals.”

Thank you to the Sydney Health Partners who sponsored the People’s Choice Award.

Sydney Health Partners Media and Communications manager, Mark Mathot, said live voting revealed a standout favourite for the People’s Choice Award.

“Emma Dixon, from Westmead Hospital’s emergency department took out the award for her project, ‘Care for the caregiver: staff well-being in the ED’.

“Congratulations to Emma and her nursing colleagues as well as to all the 2019 grant recipients,” said Mr Mathot.