$1 million in grants awarded to 23 health and medical research projects across southern Adelaide
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) researchers will share $1 million in grants, with two major South Australian charities combining to support 23 exciting new health and medical research projects.
The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group and Flinders Foundation have each contributed $500,000 to support the most recent SALHN Enquiry Grant Round.
The 23 projects will be led and conducted by staff across SALHN – which includes Flinders Medical Centre, Noarlunga Hospital, the Repat Health Precinct, and community health sites.
Targeting a range of illnesses, diseases and social issues, the research projects stand to directly benefit patients treated across SALHN, with a range of clinical trials, new therapies, ground-breaking research and continuous improvement projects among the successful grants.
- A novel blood test to monitor treatment of lung cancer without the need for performing invasive biopsies
- Trialling a psychological rehabilitation program to improve symptoms and quality of life in people with long COVID
- Looking at the prevalence of risk factors for liver disease and advanced fibrosis in remote living aboriginal populations
- Establishing a biobank consortium to provide researchers, scientists and clinicians with access to much needed human specimens, tissue and fluid to make world-class discoveries
- Exploring alternative anaesthetic medicines to improve outcomes for neonates and infants undergoing hernia surgery
- Reducing elective surgery waitlists by trialling alternative rapid access options for some minor surgical procedures
Over the next two years, these projects will lead to translational research outcomes.
THRF Group CEO Paul Flynn said the collaborative initiative highlights the “stronger together” approach to fighting deadly disease and illness, effectively doubling the impact for critical research projects that will help save lives in the future.
“We’re pleased to be able to support innovative projects that will pave the way for improved health outcomes for all South Australians which include better treatments, preventative health measures as well as advancements in patient and hospital care, all of them informed by the very latest research outcomes.”
Flinders Foundation Executive Director Ross Verschoor said it was through the generous support of South Australians that medical discoveries and improved care are made possible.
“The health system has been under immense pressure over the past few years, but despite this, the hard-working staff across SALHN are using their expertise and first-hand knowledge to improve health outcomes for our community and improve the way care is delivered in the future.
“Finders Foundation is proud to support SALHN in its efforts to enhance care through research and looks forward to celebrating the impact of these research projects in South Australia, nationally and globally.”
SALHN CEO Kerrie Freeman said the innovative research projects would help improve the lives of South Australians into the future.
“I would like to thank our dedicated clinicians and researchers who collaborate to bring research to the forefront and, importantly, translate it into practice to make a difference in the lives of others.
“These quiet heroes spend their days working on research that can really change lives.
“I would also like to acknowledge our donors and members of the community who take part in our trials, who contribute a great deal to research, that couldn't be done without them.”
Complete list of Enquiry Grant recipients:
Dr Adam Badenoch
Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Assessment of Blinding for Nerve Catheter Study (ABnC’s) study
Prof Alan Wigg
Prevalence of risk factors for liver disease and advanced fibrosis in a remotely living adult Aboriginal population
Implementation and impact of a sensory modulation room in a psychiatric intensive care Unit
Dr Anand Rose
A novel blood test to monitor treatment of lung cancer
Dr Ben Riley
Family Delivered Contingency Management for Treatment Refusing Gamblers with Gambling Problems: A feasibility and acceptability pilot study
Self-administered inhaled methoxyflurane (Penthrox®) as pre-injection analgesia in Podiatry Outpatients
Prof David Watson
Establishment of the Flinders Biobank Consortium
Outpatient redesign –involving allied health triage and assessment to support a reduction in neurosurgery waiting lists
Dr Fiona Taverner
Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Baby CHiX: Caudal, High Flow oxygen and DeXmedetomidine sedation for inguinal hernia surgery in neonates and infants, a feasibility study
Dr Jacquie Beall
Child Protection Services
Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcomes for Children in Out-Of-Home-Care: A Brief Targeted Intervention for Caregivers
Flipping language to build positive culture to improve care experiences: Development of an e learning module
Dr Jeya Ramachandran
Home Management of refractory ascites due to end stage liver disease: a pilot study
Dr Kandegama Subha Senewirathna
Developing a co-designed model of care that integrated the Aboriginal Health Practitioner role in SALHN rehabilitation services
Lauren Thompson / Jess Stott
Women's and Children's
A mixed methods study to explore the experiences of consumers and staff within SALHN maternity care services
Identifying predictive markers to determine the length of hospitalisation for patients with medically unstable eating disorders
Dr Muireann O'Loughlin
Effectiveness of a novel approach to managing dry mouth in Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care
Dr Peter Herriot
Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Sleeping well with persistent pain: Using cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia to improve sleep, pain, and quality of life for individuals with chronic pain
Wellbeing Matters for our Rehabilitation, Aged & Palliative Care Consumers
Prof Phil Dinning
Understanding causes of flatus / faecal incontinence: a look beyond the anal sphincters
Dr Reme Mountifield
The effectiveness of a consumer co designed psychological intervention for Body Image Dissatisfaction in individuals living with IBD
Dr Subbuh Luker
Taking Charge after COVID 19 – can outcomes be improved for people with Long COVID using a psychologically informed rehabilitation approach?
A/Prof Timothy To
Feasibility study for a novel approach to delivery of breakthrough analgesics in palliative care
Intermediate Care Services
Evaluation of consumer preferences and social perspectives of allied health early intervention groups
‘Taking Charge’ of Long Covid
One year on from her Covid-19 diagnosis, she still lives with the often-debilitating symptoms of Post Covid-19 condition – commonly known as ‘long covid’.
A novel blood test which could be used to monitor the treatment of lung cancer
Flinders Medical Centre Senior Consultant, Dr Anand Rose, has received a Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Enquiry Grant for research into a novel blood test which could be used to monitor the treatment of lung cancer – the most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia.
Stroke Rehab goes Virtual
Researchers from Flinders University and UniSA are set to develop a new rehabilitation technique for stroke survivors using state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) technology.
New Hope for Pancreatic Cancer
Dr Jean Winter and her Flinders University research team will soon begin trials of a world-first blood biomarker test for patients with pancreatic cancer.
Help for families in gambling battle
The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network’s (SALHN) Statewide Gambling Therapy Service provides psychological therapies to individuals with gambling addictions.
Rapid access to surgical procedures
Podiatrists at Noarlunga Hospital will trial a new model of care for anxious patients, to help them get rapid access to some minor surgical procedures.
31 New Health and Medical Research Projects
Health and medical researchers across the Flinders Medical Precinct will share in $750,000 funding, to support exciting research projects across a variety of illnesses, diseases, and social issues.
Grateful Tony Gives Back
Struggling to get a breath in and feeling like he was “choking to death”, Tony de Maaijer knew he was in a bad way.
New Funding for Cancer Research
World Cancer Day (February 4) marked the announcement of funding for four new cancer research projects thanks to the generosity of guests and supporters of Flinders Foundation’s Pink Yellow Blue Enchanted Garden event.
Tour de Cure’s New Mission to Tackle Head and Neck Cancers
Pedal power is helping to re-shape the monitoring of head and neck cancers in a bid to improve care for patients, particularly those in rural and regional areas.