We have completed the recent RPRP review for academic staff, and are now preparing for the ranking of scholarship applications and competitive grant activity in early 2018.
The FHS Research Team now comprises the following staff members:
Professor Maree Johnson (Associate Dean, Research)
Dr Jane Glatz (Senior Manager Research Development)
Dr Pre de Silva (Higher Degree Research Coordinator)
Dr Sally Cheng (Higher Degree Research Administrative Officer)
Mrs Melinda Keresztes (HERDC Support Administrative Officer)
Dr Michael Steele (Senior Lecturer, Research Design and Biostatistics).
We encourage everyone to access our OADR SharePoint site which contains valuable information for all staff relating to research.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is currently maintaining a busy Higher Degree Research (HDR) portfolio, with 153 active students.
Institute / School
Number of students
School of Exercise Science
Institute of Positive Psychology and Education
School of Psychology
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
School of Allied Health
School of Physiotherapy
Mary MacKilllop Institute of Health Research
Institute of Health and Ageing
School of Science
We have been progressively increasing our completions each year with 15 completions in 2017, and a further 28 (n= 43) theses under examination currently. We are targeting around 30-40 per year.
HDR Student Transferrable Skills Training
The HDR skills training programs have been successfully transitioned to an online format and delivered through the newly developed HDR Learning Environment Online (LEO) site. This site provides online training programs on:
General HDR skills (Academic Writing, Managing large documents, Presenting research, Networking)
Research software (SPSS, STATA, NVivo, Endnote)
Research methods (Qualitative and Quantitative research)
In addition, HDR students were also provided with several opportunities to attend face-face training workshops in the above areas.
Skills Development Workshops
The Winter Recess was packed with development activities for ACU researchers in Qld, NSW and Victoria. 164 researchers across 16 Schools/Institutes/Centres participated in workshops covering Writing Productivity, Early Career Development, Grant Writing and Presenting at a Scientific Conference.
Early Career Researcher Support
A cohort of 28 early career researchers has received individualised support over the year with the view to submitting at least one external grant application. A common issue facing the ECRs is finding appropriately targeted funding sources to enable them to build a track record.
Attendance at the monthly research seminar sustained attendance since commencement last year with an average of 30 attendees each month.
2017 Research Performance
The Office of the ADR wishes to congratulate the Faculty on their excellent research performance thus far in 2017 with outstanding achievements from the following staff: Professor Sandy Middleton, European Stroke Organisation - $1.25 million; Professor Liz Forbat - $437,000 from Department of Health and Ageing; Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin - $320,00 from ARC; and Associate Professor Kristin Laurens - $865,900 from ARC.
External Grant Applications
The Faculty has continued its great work during 2017, in securing external research funds. The Faculty has achieved a significant increase in both the number of grant applications submitted, and the dollar value of the grant applications.
Grant applications ytd:
Number of applications
Total value of applications
Total value of grants won ytd
The Faculty has concluded a successful round of internal research grants in 2017:
Conference Travel Grant Scheme (CTGS) – 1 round. 2nd round not proceeding.
Faculty Project Grants
Faculty Research Student Support Scheme (FRSSS)
Faculty Secondment to Centre Scheme
Undergraduate Research Internship (URI)
We envisage that due to changes in Human Resource requirements, Undergraduate Research Internships will not be offered in 2018, although students could be employed on other funding approaches. Consideration will be given to internal grants in 2018 subject to funding availability. We will keep all staff informed.
Details of these grants and their timetables will be circulated in due course. Details of the FHS grants are available on OADR SharePoint.
The entry of ACU publications into the Research Master/Orion system is progressing well.
2017 to date
Just a reminder to all staff that publications reporting should be continuous if possible with the 2017 collection closing in February 2018.
Statistical Consulting with Dr. Michael Steele
The new Statistical Consulting Service was established in 2017. There has been very strong demand from all sections of FHS. From January to October there has been 132 individual statistical consulting meetings. The aim of these consultations and further collaborative research with the statistician, is to produce publications with strong statistical content in high ranking journals, and to enable our research students to minimise delays due to statistical issues.
We look forward to working with you throughout 2018.