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Nursing and Allied Health Research Committee


Committee Chair:
Donna Rose
Research Manager
Department of Psychological Medicine
Ph: +61 02 9845 0412
Fax: +61 02 9845 2009

Our Mission

The purpose of NAHRC is to achieve prominence and excellence in Nursing and Allied Health Research and Evidence-Based Practice at CHW.

The Committee

Members of NAHRC include representatives from nursing and allied health at CHW. In addition there are external members; who represent nursing and allied health.

Our Services

Assisting with research projects

NAHRC advocates a networking focus to support and promote research amongst nursing and allied health staff of CHW and associated students. We are also able to link researchers with the services of the Division of Research who coordinate the Hospital's research activities including assisting with research grant applications and managing the hospital's ethics committees.

Continuing Professional Education - Paediatric Research Seminar

We organise continuing research-related professional education events including an annual Paediatric Research Seminar. This annual seminar aims to demonstrate the breadth and scope of nursing and allied health research as well as educate participants about the processes and outcome of research. Click here for the Programme and Registration Form. Registration closes Friday 24th August 2007.

Travel Scholarship

The Travel Scholarships supports staff of CHW from nursing and/or allied health to attend a national or international conference to present their research work in 2006. The recipient of the 2006 award was Fiona Deady a dietician with the Dysphagia Clinics at the CHW. Fiona presented her research at The Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in Adelaide. She has been undertaking a PhD looking into the nutritional assessment and rehabilitation of children with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme offers funding to support nursing and allied health researchers. The Grant is made available when funds permit.

The successful recipients of Small Grants Scheme Awards in 2006 were:

  • Fiona Deady from Nutrition and Dietetics to conduct her research: Total Body Water in Children with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Verity Pacey from Physiotherapy for A Randomised controlled trial comparing two different knee exercise programmes in the management of adolescents with symptomatic joint hypermobility.
  • Rebecca Summons and Latha Ramesh, Audiologists, for Comparison of ABR and VROA thresholds for hearing impaired children identified under the SWISH program.

Committee Members

Committee Member Department Phone / Email
Donna Rose Research Manager, Psychological Medicine +61 02 9845 0417
Vanita d'Souza Administrative Officer, Nursing Research and Practice Development +61 02 9845 3638
Nursing Representatives
Deborah Brooke Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hunter Baillie +61 02 9845 1113
Anita Leung Clinical Nurse Consultant, Child Development Unit +61 02 9845 2796
Assoc. Prof Kaye Spence Clinical Nurse Consultant, Neonatology +61 02 9845 2720
Dr Val Wilson Director, Nursing Research and Practice Development +61 02 9845 3093
Allied Health Representatives
Dr Bruce Lord Clinical Program Chair - Ambulatory & Emergency +61 02 9845 2741
Margaret Wallen Occupational Therapy +61 02 9845 3369
Assoc. Prof Pam Joy Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Child Development Unit/Psychology and Head of The Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Unit (DECOG) +61 02 9845 2832
Kerry West Physiotherapy +61 02 9845 3369
External Representatives: Nursing
Assoc. Prof Patricia Davidson Nursing Research Unit, Sydney West Area Health Service and UWS +61 02 8835-2051
External Representatives: Allied Health
Dr Chris Chapparo Discipline of Occupational Therapy, University of Sydney  
Dr Tricia McCabe Discipline of Speech Pathology, University of Sydney.  

Useful Links

Guidelines for other departments and organisations wishing to undertake cooperative research with The Division of Nursing and Departments from The Division of Allied Health at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

These guidelines set a framework for organisations, departments and individuals wishing to conduct research in collaboration with members of staff employed by the Division of Nursing and departments of the Division of Allied Health. The aims of the guidelines are to ensure that appropriate time and resources are available for research without detracting from a commitment to provide the highest quality clinical care, and to ensure that the contributions of all parties involved in the research are appropriately acknowledged.
Click here for more information.

Supervision of Nursing and Allied Health Research Students

This policy guides the relationship between CHW and nursing and allied health research students who wish to conduct research at CHW. This policy culminates in a Letter of Agreement between the student and supervisors to ensure that the needs of the student and of the Hospital are met.
Click here for more information.

Nursing Research Practice and Development Unit

The Nursing Research & Practice Development Unit provides on going support and guidance for clinical research and practice development initiatives.
Click here for more information.

This document was updated on Thursdfay, 19 July 2007.

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