The Office of the Associate Dean (Research) has undergone considerable changes in the past six months as we progress to locating most positions in Sydney. We have moved into new premises at TWH Level 17 which provide an opportunity for the team to work closely with the Office of the DVC Research, the Dean of Research and the staff from Candidature.
We have had a considerable flow of new higher degree admissions (FHS student numbers 220), and 11 ARC Discovery grant submissions to date and numerous NHMRC grant submissions are progressing at this time. There has also been a substantial increase in the number of publications for the Higher Education Research Data Collection closing March 2015. The opening of the Mary McKillop Institute for Health Research has been a major milestone in the enactment of the research intensification program.
The Research Team comprises the following staff members:
Professor Maree Johnson (Associate Dean, Research)
Dr. Tracy Anderson (Higher Degree Research Coordinator)
Lyn Bosanquet (Acting Faculty Research Manager)
Rebecca Adams (PA to ADR and Project Officer)
Dr. George Mnatzaganian (Research Development Coordinator)
Melinda Keresztes (Administrative Officer) (HERDC Support)
Higher Degree Research Administrative Officer – To be appointed.
A survey of 100 Honours graduates from 2010-2015 has been conducted using Qualtrics Surveying. A response rate of 40% was received and analyses of these responses are currently underway. We hope that through this feedback we are able to identify and improve aspects of the Honours program across the Faculty.
Higher Degree Research Matters
The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is offering a new Higher Degree by Research in 2015: Master of Health Science Research (Discipline). This 1.5 year degree (for full-time students) is designed to assist health professionals to develop their research knowledge so that they can contribute to research and provide leadership in evidenced based practice.
Thank you to all who have contributed to the development of this course. Professor Geraldine Naughton is the National Coordinator and Dr. George Mnatzaganian is the Lecturer in Charge. Please assist in increasing awareness of this new offering (admissions for semester 2 may be considered).
Thank you to all staff supervising HDR students in our Faculty. We ask for your continued support in working towards the timely progression of all students as they complete their degrees.
Planned HDR Training Workshops
FHS is in the process of surveying HDR students to assess their training needs for 2015. Additional research training and workshops scheduled for March- April:
Research Ethics at ACU (via videoconference) - Friday 27th March
An Introduction to SPSS (for beginners) (via videoconference) - mid to late April (exact date to be confirmed)
The 2015 Research Conversation Series 1st semester lectures are as follows:
March 25, 2015: Randomised controlled trials, by Dr John Stephenson, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Statistics, University of Huddersfield, UK
April 1, 2015: Meta-analysis in health – Principles and procedures, by Dr John Stephenson, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Statistics, University of Huddersfield, UK.
April 28, 2015: Alcohol marketing – you’re soaking in it, by Professor Sandra Jones, The Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), The Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research and “The process of reform in Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector”, by Dr Lynda Berends, Senior Research Fellow, The Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), The Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research.
May 28, 2015: Research Intelligence: Using tools at your fingertips to assess research trends and develop strategic collaboration and performance assessment, by Dr Steven Riddell, Elsevier (Scopus and Scival).
Workshops for the remainder of the year are currently being finalised and will be posted soon. A FHS webpage under the name: “Research Conversations Series” is currently under construction. Please note that ACU Alumni and the public will also be attending these seminars.
We have been successful in the ACURF round with project and programs grant successes:
Learning disorders: Nature, causes, comorbidity, and underlying cognitive mechanisms. Professor Charles Hulme (Lead Investigator)
Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) deactivation and end of life (EOL) issues among ICD recipients - Dr. Jan Cameron, Centre for the Mind and Heart, the Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research (Lead Investigator)
The effect of exercise on vascular function in Type 2 Diabetes - Dr. Michael Baker, School of Exercise Science (Lead Investigator)
A neurobiological comparison of social cognitive deficits in young adults with neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders - Dr. Izelle Labuschagne, School of Psychology (Lead Investigator)
FHS Research Funding
Funding initiatives to support the academic staff and HDRs to continue to deliver high quality research outputs are as follows:
Conference Travel Grant Scheme (CTGS)
A scheme designed to enhance the ACU's international profile by encouraging the presentation of the Faculty's research at international conferences. The scheme will be managed in 2 rounds in 2015 with round 1 closing at cob on April 6th. Click here for the Guidelines and Application Form.
Early Career Research Grant Scheme
A scheme designed to support early career researchers develop their potential to build competitive research careers and to increase the depth and sustainability of the Faculty. The scheme may award multiple grants with a maximum of $10,000. A call for applications will be made in April 2015 and details will be available on the website shortly.
Faculty Research Student Support Scheme (FRSSS)
A scheme designed to provide HDRs with additional funds to cover costs relating to their specific candidature and to add value to the research thesis. Each HDR is eligible for the FRSSS support during their candidature. Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details will be available on the website shortly.
Details will follow shortly.
We look forward to working with you throughout the year.