• 24 MAR 20
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    COVID-19 Resources

    The Association has produced a COVID-19 resource for members including links to government sites and information, advice on managing your research and career in these unprecedented times, news sources, webinars etc.  We will aim to update the resource daily and would be pleased to receive suggestions for information to be included.

    We are also keen to provide a platform for the dissemination of research findings that could inform the management of health services and systems in response to COVID-19.  

    Please send your contributions to Sarah.green@chere.uts.edu.au.

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    • 24 MAR 20
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    COVID-19: Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors

    A joint statement that reflects the shared views of all state and territory Departments of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Clinical Trials Project Reference Group (CTPRG), of which all of these entities are members.

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    • 24 MAR 20
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    MRFF – 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-19 Grant Opportunity

    The HSRAANZ welcomes this new MRFF Coronavirus Research Response: 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-19 grant opportunity
    The intended outcome of the research funded under this priority is to use clinical trials to accelerate the implementation of safe and effective treatments for severe acute respiratory distress in patients infected with COVID 19 including plausible pathways to clinical practice within 12 months of commencement.
    Health Service Researchers and Implementation Scientists should consider collaborating with clinicians and other researchers to form multi-disciplinary research teams.

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    • 24 MAR 20
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    COVID -19 – Delays to NHMRC Schemes

    In the latest NHMRC Tracker (24 March 2020) the NHMRC CEO has announced that “NHMRC is considering changes to some scheme dates for 2020 in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. In the meantime, minimum data due date for Synergy Grants will be extended beyond Wednesday 25 March 2020. The revised due date for minimum data will be communicated in the coming days.
    The opening of Partnership Projects PRC1 and the Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care will also be delayed.
    NHMRC will advise via Tracker, RAO alerts and scheme documentation on Grantconnect when new dates are finalised.”

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    • 23 MAR 20
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    Message from the CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council

    A message issued on 19 March from the NHMRC CEO addressing concerns of researchers about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their research, grant applications and other professional activities over the coming months – on top of the concern we all share for family, friends and the wider community.

    NHMRC is considering how to address these issues from its side, at the same time as preparing for the impact of an Australian epidemic on the office’s ability to deliver NHMRC and MRFF grant schemes and other core responsibilities throughout 2020. I have outlined some of our thoughts below.

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    • 23 MAR 20
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    COVID-19: we need health services researchers in hospitals now

    In an article published in MJA Insight Dr Robyn Clay-Williams, senior research fellow and Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, argue for health services researchers to be embedded in hospitals now to learn from COVID-19. The HSRAANZ President has welcomed the article and reiterated the critical and much-needed opportunity here for the Federal Government to invest in health services research to provide vital real-time evaluation of what works and what doesn’t at a health service level including evolving policies for prevention, screening and treatment.

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    • 23 MAR 20
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    Information for NHMRC-funded researchers impacted by COVID 19

    The NHMRC has issued advice for their current grant holders on what to do if you have received a grant and circumstances have changed due to COVID 19.

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    • 22 MAR 20
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    HSRAANZ Webinar Recording Now Available – Reducing preterm birth for First Nations babies through implementation of a Birthing on Country service

    The presenters discussed how a multiagency partnership between the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service Community Health Service and the Mater Hospital in Brisbane drove the redesign of services in line with Birthing on Country principles and their experiences translating policy into practice. This new model of care has seen profound improvements in health outcomes including a 50% reduction in the odds of women having a preterm birth, a rapid increase in the First Nations workforce and increased First Nations control over the funding and services.

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    • 06 MAR 20
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    HSRAANZ Webinar – recording now available: How to successfully navigate peer review with your work and your esteem intact! 5 March 11.30am

    A recording of this webinar is now available.   Aimed at anyone wishing to publish in academic peer-reviewed journals it explores ways to avoid rejection (looking at the common reasons why papers are rejected) and ways to engage with reviewer comments when asked to revise and resubmit. It also considers how to respond to rejection – which happens to everyone at some point! Associate Professor Nick Hopwood offers practical advice and strategies to help participants get through peer review, and hopefully, influence the outcome in their favour.

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    • 05 MAR 20
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    March 2020 edition of Public Health Research and Practice

    PHRP is Australia’s first online-only open access peer-reviewed public health journal, with a strong focus on connecting research, policy and practice. The March edition includes a perspective article on the novel coronavirus outbreak and research by the Cancer Council NSW and the University of Wollongong on children’s exposure to unhealthy food advertising and its contribution to childhood obesity.

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