Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Wayne McKenna
ACU health researchers have been awarded five prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research grants.
Dr Ross Clark, Lecturer in Motor Development, Research Methods and Strength Training Principles, has been awarded a Career Development Fellowship for his research Bridging the gap between laboratory and clinic using low cost, high tech physical function assessment tools.
Dr Melissa Day, Lecturer in Psychology, has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship for her research Mechanisms of Mindfulness Meditation, Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Low Back Pain.
Dr Aaron Conway, who will soon join the Centre for Heart and Mind in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, was also awarded an Early Career Development Fellowship for his research Improving nurse-administered sedation practice in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory.
Professor Sandy Middleton, Director, Nursing Research Institute, was part of a team led by Associate Professor Julie Bernhardt, University of Melbourne, who were awarded $2.5 million to establish a Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery. Professor Middleton is a Chief Investigator on the project.
Dr Michael Otim, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, was part of a team led by Dr Kerry-Ann O’Grady, Queensland University of Technology, awarded $1.386 million to undertake a project entitled A randomised controlled trial to evaluate early intervention in chronic cough in Indigenous children. Dr Otim is a Chief Investigator in the project and responsible for its health economics component.
Professor Wayne McKenna, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), warmly congratulated all the researchers on their awards.
“This is a wonderful achievement for our colleagues. It demonstrates the strength of ACU’s research in our key priority area of health and highlights the quality of the researchers currently working at ACU,” he said.
Professor McKenna said that the grants are further evidence that ACU’s new five-year research intensification strategy is beginning to bear fruit.
“Research intensification has been a chance for us to remodel our research environment and culture and focus on supporting outstanding research. This is just the beginning but the future looks bright.”