Thank you to all the senior researchers, supervisors and HDR students who participated in a very successful HDR Seminar Series in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. We have also been advised of 3 NHMRC grant successes with notice on the outcomes of the Australian Research Grants forthcoming. New funding streams for research development are being finalised for 2016 and we will be working with Schools and Institutes to meet priority areas. We have also completed a Seminar on Research Mentorship which was the catalyst for the development of a Faculty-wide Research Mentorship Program launching in 2016.
The Research Team comprises the following staff members
Professor Maree Johnson (Associate Dean, Research)
Dr. Tracy Anderson (Higher Degree Research Coordinator)
Ms. Lyn Bosanquet (Faculty Research Manager)
Ms. Rebecca Adams (PA to ADR and Project Officer)
Dr. George Mnatzaganian (Research Development Coordinator)
Mrs. Melinda Keresztes (Administrative Officer) (HERDC Support)
Dr. Sally Cheng (Higher Degree Research Administrative Officer)
FHS Research Services
Throughout 2015 the ADR Office has built on the achievements of previous years to expand our internal funding program to develop, support and recognise FHS research performance. This work has expanded to include a range of services that include workshops and external grant support. We are extremely pleased by the engagement of the Faculty in the opportunities provided.
In addition the Faculty provided two grants to recognise excellence in research:
Q1 Incentive Scheme - a scheme that provided financial reward to academics for research performance.
Research Awards - recognition of two of our researchers who achieved outstanding citations for their work:
(a) Award 1: Most cited publication, published between 2012 – 2014 by an FHS academic. Awarded to Associate Professor Tim Gabbett, School of Exercise Science for his article: Physical demands of professional rugby league training and competition using micro technology.
(b) Award 2: Most cited publication, published between 2012-2014 by an FHS early career researcher. Awarded to Dr Leigha Dark, School of Allied Health for her article: A systematic review of interventions for children with cerebral palsy: State of the evidence.
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The Faculty produced a great result for the 2015 HERDC collection with 396 C1 publications, an increase of over 57%. This is an excellent result.
Higher Degree Research Matters
During 2015, the Faculty of Health Sciences has maintained a busy Higher Degree Research (HDR) portfolio. There are 187 active students and the distribution is spread across the Faculty.
Number of HDR students by Institute or School
Institute / School
Number of HDR students
School of Exercise Science
School of Psychology
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Institute of Positive Psychology and Education
School of Allied Health
Mary MacKilllop Institute of Health Research
School of Physiotherapy
Institute of Health and Ageing
School of Science
Our HDR student cohort remains in a constant state of progression. This year 28 new HDR students have commenced their studies, and a further 21 students are currently undergoing the thesis examination process.
Sharing research work-in-progress remains an important feature of candidature with many students participating in the annual Higher Degree Research Seminar as well as competing in the 3 Minute Thesis competition.
We thank our HDR supervisors for their continued support to students and for their contributions to the faculty-based training workshops offered in 2015. We look forward to developing a 2016 schedule and encourage students to access specialist external training using the Faculty Research Student Support Scheme (FRSSS).