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All seminars are Fridays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, at PCH Auditorium level 5, Perth Children's Hospital.
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The seminar schedule may be subject to change.
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15 Feb

Research Fundamentals
Question and Protocol Development

Do you have an idea for a research project? Could you use some help to turn an idea into a clear research question or study protocol?

This seminar looks at the steps involved in the research process, from deciding whether an idea is worth pursuing through to putting together a quality protocol, and your responsibilities as a researcher.

A/Prof Sue Skull

22 Feb

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice

Regular Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is a key requirement for all researchers. It provides ethical and scientific standards and guidelines by which all research is conducted.

This seminar covers key components of Good Clinical Practice including responsibilities, approvals, informed consent, document and data management, and reporting of adverse effects.

Natalie Barber

8 Mar

Knowledge Translation

Knowledge translation is a vital part of every research project requiring planning from the outset.

This seminar explains why knowledge translation is so important and how to get started. It provides an overview of knowledge translation considerations for research design, implementation, dissemination and, measuring impact.

Dr Fenella Gill

22 Mar

Research Governance
Understanding processes and requirements within WA Health

All new research project applications must cover requirements for both ethics and governance.

This seminar will focus on the general principles and responsibilities related to governance, and provide tips for preparation of governance applications. It also covers any recent changes to the state and national governance framework, and implications for researchers.

Dr Sunalene Devadason

5 Apr

How to make Clinical Research Ethical by Design

Ethics in research is often perceived as a bureaucratic hurdle to be struggled over. This seminar will instead show you how to embrace ethics as a powerful tool that can ensure your research is relevant and will meet its end point.

This seminar will empower you as a researcher to fulfil all your obligations more easily, ensuring public trust in your work.

Prof Nik Zeps

12 Apr

Survey Design & Techniques

Surveys, including clinical audits, are one of the most commonly conducted clinical research projects.

This seminar offers practical help for planning and conducting surveys, and covers the important of good survey design, how to choose an appropriate sampling and administration method, create well-written questionnaire or data collection instrument, maximising response rates, and how to minimise data errors.

A/Prof Sue Skull

3 May

Consumer and Community Involvement in Research

All researchers should consider involving consumers and community members in their research as it is an increasingly requirement for funding agencies.

This seminar provides practical introduction to the foundations of consumer and community involvement, and covers basic principles, the benefits and barriers, and what to put in place to get started.

Anne McKenzie AM

10 May

Scientific Writing

Are you trying to write a scientific paper? High quality, effective, and efficient writing is an essential part of successful research translation.

This seminar provides a practical overview of scientific writing, including: principles of good writing, how to get started, article structure and organisation, how to negotiate authorship, and the publication process.

A/Prof Sue Skull

24 May

Getting the most out of Supervision
Tips for Students and Supervisors

This seminar covers the importance of understanding the rights and responsibilities of both supervisors and supervisees doing research, whether for a formal degree, or a small project, and how to get the best out of both roles.

Research supervision will also cover practical tips related to the selection of suitable research projects, supervision frequency and time allocation, different supervision styles, remote supervision, and working with multiple supervisors.

Prof Jonathan Carapetis AM

7 Jun

Introductory Biostatistics
Understanding and reporting research results including P-Values and Confidence Intervals

This seminar covers fundamental statistical concepts for clinical researchers, including:
Why we use significance testing,
how to interpret confidence intervals and p-values,
how sample size and variability affect results,
why bias and confounding factors are important considerations in designing studies, and when to seek statistical support.

Dr Julie Marsh

21 Jun

Data Collection & Management
Responsibilities and practical strategies for database development, data entry, cleaning and storage

Do you require practical help with data management essentials such as coding, entry, backup, validation and cleaning? Or basic do's and don'ts of setting up databases or data management plan?

This seminar will help brush up on researcher responsibilities for data collection, storage, and archiving, focusing on how to collect and manage high quality data to ensure a successful project outcome.

A/Prof Sue Skull

28 Jun

Media and Communication in Research
How to refine and pitch your message for maximum impact

This seminar will go through how to maximise the impact of your research and ensure your bottom line is delivered in an engaging, accurate, and responsible way.

With an impressive media experience, Elizabeth Chester will provide practical techniques on working with the media and pitching your message. This facet of knowledge translation is critical for researchers to understand and master.

Elizabeth Chester

2 Aug

Involving Aboriginal People in Research

Are you conducting or planning a research project that could involve Aboriginal people?

This seminar provides an overview of important considerations for engaging the Aboriginal community in research to ensure your project is successful, including: understanding cultural factors, potential barriers and facilitators, ethical considerations, and art of engagement.

Dr Michael Wright /
Sue Skull

16 Aug

Sample Size Calculations

This seminar provides an overview of how to perform sample size calculations for difference research study designs and demonstrates how to use free "PS" software.

The seminar will cover issues specific to clinical trials and assists researchers to identify situations where the best course of action is to consult a statistician.

*Requires basic statistics knowledge, see Introductory Biostatistics if necessary.

Dr Julie Marsh

30 Aug

Oral Presentation of Research Findings
How to inform your audience and maintain the waking state

Effective presentation of research results is an important component of research research translation, as well as a great opportunity to get feedback on your work.

This seminar provides practical advice on choosing and organising materials, delivery styles and techniques, dealing with question time, how to run a session effectively, and improving confidence.

A/Prof Sue Skull

6 Sep

Conducting Systematic Reviews

Systematic reviews play  a very important role in health research. They provide a high level summary of studies and can inform policy and practice relevant to a particular area of inquiry.

Understanding review methodologies is useful for those who wish to undertake a systematic review or just read one. This seminar will provide an overview of several types of reviews, along with simple strategies to focus a review and support review methodology.

Prof Sonya Girdler

20 Sep

Rapid Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature

"A 21st Century Clinician who cannot critically read a study is as unprepared as one who cannot take a blood pressure or examine the cardiovascular system." Glasziou et al. BMJ 2008:337:704-705

Given the sheer volume of published papers and their variable quality even in high impact journals, having skills to carefully appraise scientific literature to answer current clinical questions is necessary.

This seminar provides simple strategies to help focus your reading, examine validity of results, and decide whether to accept and apply them in your setting.

*Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature precedes Statistical Tips for Interpreting Scientific Claims

A/Prof Sue Skull

18 Oct

Statistical Tips for Interpreting Scientific Claims

This seminar complements Rapid Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature seminar and uses examples from the medical literature to further unpick statistics presented in peer reviewed research papers.

It will "help non-scientist interrogate advisers and grasp the limitations of evidence" and provide guidance on when it is time to consult the statisticians.

These tips are highly relevant for those looking for a refresher in statistical literacy or struggling to understand the seemingly unlimited sources of bias and confounding.

Dr Julie Marsh

1 Nov

Grant Applications & Finding Funding
Understanding funding opportunities, review processes, and writing to optimise your chance of success

This seminar looks at available funding opportunities and how to turn your research idea into a high quality grant application. It will cover the grant review process, and how to submit and respond to review comments.

A/Prof Sue Skull

15 Nov

Qualitative Research Methods

The use of qualitative research methods is becoming more popular in health either as the primary research method or as part of a mixed methods approach to investigating a health issue.

This presentation will cover:

  • the benefits of using qualitative research;
  • some of the myths associated with the use of qualitative research;
  • the types of qualitative methods;
  • how data is collected and analysed;
  • and, how the researcher prepares to use qualitative research to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Dr Shirley McGough

22 Nov

Ethics Processes
Principles and Processes for Health Research in WA

This seminar will provide an update on ethics processes in WA, and assist with an efficient and successful application.

This seminar will briefly review principles of ethics in clinical research, and provide practical guidance for completing quality applications in WA. It also covers when to submit to alternative approval routes for quality improvement and lo and negligible risk projects.

A/Prof Sue Skull