It’s the third round of the pilot grants program, which was launched by SHP in 2020 with the aim of helping research teams develop competitive applications for further funding.

Co-lead of SHP’s Implementation Science Academy, Dr Heather Shepherd, says the grant review panel was impressed by the high quality and diversity of the applications.

“The top ten applications were judged by our review panel as being to a very high standard, so we are pleased to be able to provide them all with some support,” she said.

Each of the projects is funded over two years and has two principal investigators - one research -based and the other clinically based.

Dr Shepherd said that as part of Sydney Health Partners commitment to fostering the next generation of clinical researchers, the program encouraged applications for projects led by early to mid-career researchers (EMCRs).

“It’s increasingly difficult for EMCRs to win grants without having prior grant success, so we hope that this program will make a difference to the development of their research careers.”

The ten new pilot grants are in addition to 15 pilot grants previously awarded by the Sydney Health Partners Implementation Science Program.

Sydney Health Partners expects that the research outcomes of the funded projects will help teams to seek further funding through larger grant schemes such as the Medical Research Future Fund and Translational Research Grants Scheme.

Researchers Paula Beckenkamp (University of Sydney) and Dr Mark Halliday (Sydney Local Health District) received a grant for an exercise intervention to deprescribe paracetamol.

“A very important part of what we do is to be able to give back to the community," said Ms Beckenkamp. "So it will be a very exciting opportunity to try something that we have been working on for so long and see whether it’s going to work on not in clinical practice.”

2023 Implementation Science Pilot Grants

Project TitleAcademic Principal InvestigatorClinical Principal InvestigatorSHP organisations where research will
take place
Feasibility and acceptability pilot of a self-management intervention “My Personal Recovery Plan” (MyPREP) for people with serious mental health conditionsDr Alyssa MiltonProf Nick GlozierSydney Local Health District (SLHD), University of Sydney
Helping clinicians and patients make sense of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer: implementation of an information resourceDr Rachel DoddA/Prof Purnima SundaresanChris O’Brien Lifehouse, Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD)
Tailoring a bereavement model of care for the respiratory service of Nepean HospitalDr Nicci BartleyDr Laura KirstenNepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD), University of Sydney
Implementation pilot of Virtual Reality intervention to reduce adolescent/young adult distress in emergency departmentsDr Brad RidoutDr Margaret MurphyWSLHD
Tele-Prehabilitation for major abdominal and thoracic surgery to improve patient outcomesDr Sviatlana KamarovaAnwar Hassan NBMLHD
Impact of an interactive workshop on physiotherapists’ implementation of an evidence-based e-health resource for people with musculoskeletal conditions in tertiary careProf Trudy RebbeckMs Dragana CeprnjaWSLHD, University of Sydney
The acceptability of digital supports for families waiting for neurodevelopmental assessment.Dr Kelsie BoultonDr Antoinette HodgeSydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN -Westmead)
Evidence-based physiotherapy exercises for allProf Lisa HarveyDr Joanne GlinskyKolling Institute, NSLHD, University of Sydney, The George Institute, WSLHD
Move to improve: prescribing physical activity and deprescribing paracetamol: a pilot feasibility studyPaula BeckenkampDr Mark HallidaySLHD, University of Sydney
A digital tool for clinicians to improve the uptake of resistance training in cardiac rehabilitation (LIFT-CR)Dr Matthew HollingsMr Robert ZecchinWSLHD, NSLHD