The Sydney Health Partners Implementation Science Pilot Grant program aims to encourage collaborations between clinicians and researchers as they work together to develop collaborative projects that seek to test the implementation of robust evidence into practice.

The pilot grants of approximately $25,000 are intended to fund applied projects that focus on testing existing interventions, or implementation strategies, within at least one SHP partner organisation. SHP has designed the grants with the aim to build capacity and expertise across SHP, thereby better enabling health professionals and researchers within the healthcare system to:

  • address complex problems in health systems
  • translate robust evidence into practice
  • tackle clinical problems that need practical solutions
  • test implementation of interventions in real time.

Offered for the first time in 2020, SHP recently welcomed applications for the 2021 round of funding, awarding pilot grants to a four projects.

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2021 Recipients

Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial

Academic PI: Dr Anita Amorim, Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
Clinical PI: Dr Charlotte Johnstone, Anaesthetist/ Pain Medicine Specialist at the Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District

Clinician created multimedia and multicultural cardiovascular m-Health education - EDUCATE_MI

Academic PI: Dr Liliana Laranjo, Community and Primary Health Care Practice, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
Clinical PI: Dr Aravinda Thiagalingam, Senior Staff Specialist, Cardiology Department, Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney Local Health District

Digital psychosocial assessment for adolescents in hospital settings: The HEEADSSS implementation study

Academic PI: Professor Katharine Steinbeck, Chair in Adolescent Medicine, Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
Clinical PI: Dr Daniel Waller, Research Officer, Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN Westmead)

A student-led speech pathology telerehabilitation program for head and neck cancer survivors – an implementation study

Academic PI: Dr Emma Wallace, Lecturer/Researcher, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Discipline of Speech Pathology
Clinical PI: Ms Danielle Stone, Clinical Specialist Speech Pathologist, Department of Speech Pathology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Sydney Local
Health District


2020 Recipients

Originally intended to fund two grants, the scheme expanded in 2020 to fund four projects totalling $100,000 in response to the unexpectedly high demand. Each project has two Principal Investigators (PIs) – one clinical and one academic. In addition to the four projects funded by SHP in 2020, seven additional projects received funding from our health service partners in March 2021.

Projects Awarded (by Funding Source)

An electronic integrative tool to facilitate adverse drug reaction reporting at Blacktown Hospital
Academic PI: Professor Kate Curtis
Clinical PI: Dr Ronald Castelino
Other Collaborators: Dr Connie Van, Mr Raymond Li, Professor Bandana Saini, Ms Liz Ellankil, Associate Professor Lukas Kairaitis,

BOOST: Boosting inpatient exercise after hip fracture using an alternative workforce: an implementation evaluation.
Academic PI: Associate Professor Alison Harmer
Clinical PI: Ms Marie K March
Other Collaborators: Associate Professor Sarah Dennis, Professor Jim Elliot, Ms Katie Lee, Dr Stephanie Polley, Dr Bijoy Thomas

Enhancing transition from hospital to community-based exercise for patients with musculoskeletal disorders: pilot implementation study
Academic PI: Dr Marina B Pinheiro
Clinical PI: Mr Andrew Wood
Other Collaborators: Professor Catherine Sherrington, Dr Leanne Hassett, Mr Joshua Wakefield, Dr Mona Marabani, Dr Chris Needs, Dr Bethan Richards, Professor Adrian Bauman, Mr Fred Menz

Improving screening for chemotherapy induced peripheral neurotoxicity: a feasibility study
Academic PI: Associate Professor Susanna Park
Clinical PI: Associate Professor Peter Grimison
Other Collaborators: Professor Lisa Horvath, Professor Fran Boyle, Ms Tracy King, Professor David Goldstein, Dr David Mizrahi

A web-based intervention to support families following sudden cardiac death in the young
Academic PI: Assoc Prof Jodie Ingles
Clinical PI: Prof Chris Semsarian

HIPFFIT: HIP Fracture and Frailty Improvement Translational project
Academic PI: Prof Maria Fiatarone Singh
Clinical PI: Dr John Cullen

Medical Imaging for Covid-19 Efficacy (MICE)
Academic PI: Prof Sarah Lewis
Clinical PI: Dr Marion Dimigen

Implementing an oncologist-delivered intervention for fear of cancer recurrence: Adoption, costs, barriers and facilitators
Academic PI: Prof Phyllis Butow
Clinical PI: Prof Jane Beith

TAperiNG Opioids in older people with low back pain, hip or knee osteoarthritis (TANGO)
Academic PI: Prof Manuela Ferreira
Clinical PI: Prof David J Hunter

Implementing Navigate in NSW: An implementation study of a decision-aid for men with prostate cancer
Academic PI: Assoc Prof Ilona Juraskova
Clinical PI: Prof Manish Patel

Pilot implementation of mypainhub - an online resource for people with musculoskeletal conditions and their healthcare professionals
Academic PI: Assoc Prof Trudy Rebbeck
Clinical PI: Ms Katherine Makra

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