Projects we have funded

The ACI Research Grant Scheme has supported almost 30 research projects since 2018.

The scheme was hibernated during 2021–22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ethnic differences in unwarranted clinical variation and evidence-based care for cardiovascular disease in NSW.
    Lead: Dr Fiona Stanaway
  • Let’s have a yarn about our bladder: partnering with Aboriginal people to deliver guideline recommended urinary continence and lower urinary tract symptom care that is culturally appropriate and safe.
    Lead: Dr Di Marsden
  • Using a rapid virtual health triage consultation and early intervention to more effectively triage and manage referrals to the RPAH Back Pain Clinic.
    Lead: Dr Christopher Needs
  • A pilot randomised controlled trial of virtual reality pain therapy for chronic neuropathic pain.
    Lead: A/Prof Alwin Chuan
  • Staff experiences in using the 'Needs of Children Questionnaire' at Liverpool Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health.
    Lead: Dr Mandie Foster and Lisa McCue
  • Implementing a value-based model of care for improving quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of care for inflammatory bowel disease.
    Lead: A/Prof Susan Connor

  • Exploring the use of virtual reality (VR) to manage distress in adolescent patients in emergency departments (EDs).
    Lead: Prof Kate Steinbec
  • A health self-management program delivered via text message to support women’s mental and physical health after breast cancer treatments (EMPOWER-SMS).
    Lead: Anna Singleton
  • Prevalence and needs of individuals with chronic pain attending residential rehabilitation for alcohol and other drug problems.
    Lead: A/Prof Toby Newton-John
  • Mitigating hospital-acquired frailty in people over 75 years of age: implementing the Asia Pacific Clinical Frailty Guidelines in medical wards of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.
    Lead: Prof Sue Kurrle

May 2018

  • Translating eating as treatment for head and neck cancer (TREAT).
    Lead: Dr Ben Britton
  • Implementing structured continence assessment and management for inpatients (I-SCAMP): SCAMPering across Northern NSW.
    Lead: Dr Di Marsden
  • Technology-assisted early allied health assistant home visits.
    Lead: A/Prof Geoffrey Murray
  • Improving care for patients with low back pain in emergency departments: The SHaPED trial.
    Lead: Dr Gustavo De Carvalho Machado
  • Severe burn injury patient reported experiences (PRE) of their treatment and recovery at RNSH (SBIU).
    Lead: Julia Kwiet
  • Improving emergency discharge care practices for older people with cognitive impairment returning to the community.
    Lead: Prof Margaret Fry
  • Implementing a new model of service delivery for knee and hip arthroplasty surgeries.
    Lead: Dr Richard Walker
  • Investigating different methods of carbohydrate loading in elective colorectal surgery to improve post-operative outcomes.
    Lead: Trang Soriano
  • Alcohol and drug cognitive enhancement (ACE) program study: validation of tools for use within an Aboriginal population.
    Lead: Antoinette Sedwell
  • Rural implementation of best evidence for stroke therapy (BEST).
    Lead: Dr Melissa Nott

November 2018

  • Short videos for patients to increase uptake of referral of pulmonary rehabilitation: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial.
    Lead: A/Prof Sarah Dennis
  • Googling centres for endovascular clot retrieval in NSW geospatial modelling and optimisation analysis.
    Lead: Dr Thanh Giang Phan
  • Implementation evaluation of an early activation hip fracture care bundle (eHIP).
    Lead: Prof Kate Curtis
  • Reliability and validity of a 3D wound camera and predictive utility for diabetic foot ulcer healing.
    Lead: Jill Featherston
  • While you're waiting: a waiting room-based educational program to improve cardiovascular health.
    Lead: Prof Clara Chow
  • Clinician fatigue management in medical retrieval services.
    Lead: Dr Benjamin Gladwin
  • A mixed methods study to explore the views of Aboriginal families on appropriate smoking cessation interventions in pregnancy.
    Lead: Dr Parivash Eftekhari
  • Supporting type 2 diabetes (T2D) self-management in the context of multi-morbidity: a pilot project.
    Lead: Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh
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