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PCRNV e-News March 2014

 

June 2017

Congratulations to recipients of the PCRN Small Project Grants 2017
For a listing of 2017 PCRN Small Project Grants Recipients please click here.

Congratulations also to recipients of the PCRN Travel Grants 2017
For a listing of 2017 PCRN Travel Grants Recipients please click here.

 

February 2017

Introducing Members of the PCRN Research Advisory Group 2017
For more information please click here.

 

January 2017

Applications for PCRN Small Project Grants Initiative are now open
Application closing date: 14 April 2017. For more information please click here.

 

September 2016

Call for Expression of Interest to join the PCRN Research Advisory Group in 2017

The Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) is calling for expressions of interest to join the PCRN Research Advisory Group (RAG). The Group is envisaged to comprise between 12-20 individuals from various disciplines, with varying skill sets and research experience. The primary function of the RAG is to assist the Network in its research endeavours, which may include involvement with the following activities:

- providing the Network with research advice and/or consultation as required;
- reviewing applications for scholarships, travel grants and small project grants;
- providing mentorship to early career researchers;
- involvement in PCRN Workshops and Forums;
- providing advice on key PCRN decisions and strategic direction;
- collaborating on grants with other PCRN members.

Your involvement with the RAG would be called upon only when required based on your areas of expertise. Being a member of the PCRN RAG would allow you to expand your research network and collaborative ties. Members of the RAG will also be provided with an official letter of membership for their Curriculum Vitae.

The PCRN are interested in hearing from palliative care researchers at all stages of their careers who may be interested in this exciting opportunity.

To lodge your expression of interest for consideration as a future member of the PCRN RAG, please submit a brief CV, and cover letter outlining how your skillset would benefit PCRN activities, to pcrnv@svha.org.au by 30 January 2017.

 

May 2016

PCRN Forum - 20 July 2016: "So what have we learned?”  Research updates from our two PCRNV PhD scholarship awardees
Please join us for presentations by early career researchers Ms Lucy Forrest and Dr Natasha Smallwood, the recipients of PCRNV PhD scholarships. The forum will focus on the background and rationale for their research, methodologies employed, results, implications for clinical practice and identifying/ resolving the research challenges which they have encountered. More information is available here.

Applications for the 2016 PCRN Concept Development Workshop are now OPEN
Applications close on July 1st 2016. More information is available here.

Applications for the 2016 PCRNV Travel Grants are now OPEN
If you are a PCRNV member and would like to apply for a Travel Grant to attend a palliative care research conference, you may be eligible to apply for travel funding of up to $1,500.
Applications close on June 24th 2016. More information is available here.

Survey on Research Activity - Summary of Results is Available Now
The Palliative Care Research Network aims to develop a platform for sustainable research collaboration which is based on a priority-driven and clinically relevant research agenda. 

In 2016 the PCRNV compiled and circulated an online survey to assess current palliative care research activity across Australia and to identify what resources would be needed to increase research capacity. The survey was open from February 22 – April 15 and a total of 64 surveys were completed.

A summary of the survey results is now available here.

 

October 2015

Congratulations to Dr Deborah Lawson, the recipient of the 2nd Round of PCRNV Travel Grant 2015
Dr Deborah Lawson is a Legal Policy Advisor at McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, at the Cancer Council Victoria. The Palliative Care Research Network Travel Grant was used to fund her travels to the 5th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care in Munich, Germany, where she delivered an oral presentation entitled “Advance care planning education: supporting rural and regional General Practitioners” as well as a poster entitled “Webinars as a tool to engage cancer patients and clinicians in advance care planning.”

 

September 2015

Congratulations to Diana Harrison – Winner of the PCRNV Membership Competition at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference
The lucky winner of the PCRNV a membership competition at the recent 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference was Diana Harrison from Queensland University of Technology. Diana’s prize was a $50 Readings voucher and a bottle of red wine. Diana’s key reasons for joining the PCRNV were opportunities for collaboration and access to funds and scholarships.

PCRNV Concept Development Workshop 2015
The Palliative Care Research Network Victoria held its second Concept Development Workshop  on the 15th September 2015. The workshop provided participants with the  opportunity to develop their palliative care - related research ideas into concept outlines with a view to writing future grant proposals and ethics applications. With input and guidance from their mentors and other senior palliative care researchers, workshop participants were able to develop their research concept, assess feasibility, discuss different methodologies  and learn on how to develop a  research budget. The three workshop participants were: Ms Jan Mcilwraith, Massage Therapist, Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew; Dr Ha Tran, Palliative Medicine Advance Trainee, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne; and Ms Wendy Stephens, Practice Development Nurse, Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew.

PCRNV Researchers Breakfast: Recruitment, Implementation and Career Development – Thursday 22nd October 2015
Please be reminded that the PCRNV is sponsoring a breakfast session at the 3rd Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium on Thursday October 22nd, 2015. This session is for researchers who are interested in research related to palliative care and are in the early to middle stages of their career. It will be an opportunity to network with other researchers and find out ways to establish a successful career in palliative care research. For those who plan to attend but have yet to register, we would encourage you to do so as soon as possible as seats are limited. More information is available here.

 

August 2015

Recent PCRNV Event
The Palliative Care Research Network Victoria recently held a well-received PCRNV Forum on the 25th August 2015, which was followed by networking drinks and canapes. Professor Marion Haas from the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) based at the University of Technology Sydney presented on "At What Cost?" Collecting data for costing clinical research interventions. A copy of the presentation is available here.

 

June 2015

Upcoming PCRNV Forum - 25 Aug 2015
Please join us for a presentation on "At What Cost?" Collecting data for costing clinical research interventions by Professor Marion Haas from the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) based at the University of Technology Sydney.
More information is available here.

Applications for PCRNV Concept Development Workshop 2015 are now OPEN!
More information is available here.

Congratulations to Dr Natasha Smallwood, the recipient of PCRNV PhD Scholarship 2015
More information is available here.

 

March 2015

Setting Research Priorities for Palliative Care
The PCRNV recently undertook a process to confirm research priorities for the next 5 years (2015-2019), to help inform and improve palliative care provision. A wide range of key stakeholders: consumers, health professionals, and PCRNV members, were consulted in the process. A report providing a brief overview of the process and results is available here.

PCRNV Research Masters or PhD Scholarship 2015 – Applications for the Second Round is now Open!
More information is available here. Closing Date: Friday, 29th May 2015

PCRNV Travel Grant 2015 – Applications for the Second Round is now Open!
More information is available here. Closing Date: Friday, 31st July 2015

 

November 2014

Research Masters or PhD Scholarship
The PCRNV will be offering a Masters or PhD scholarship in 2015 for Victorian students that are able to conduct high quality research into palliative care leading to immediate patient benefit.
More information is available here.

Applications for PCRNV Travel Grants are now OPEN
If you are a PCRNV member and would like to apply for a Travel Grant to attend a palliative care research conference, you may be eligible to apply for travel funding of up to $1,500.
More information is available here.

Recent PCRNV Event
The Palliative Care Research Network Victoria recently held a well-received PCRNV Forum on the 11th November 2014 discussing The What, Why and How of Service Evaluation, which was followed by networking drinks and canapes.

Speakers were:

  • Professor Sam Porter (Registered Nurse and Sociologist), Queen University Belfast, UK
    “Using realism to evaluate end-of-life care services”
    Through the use of a ‘realist evaluation method’, Sam explained his approach to evaluating a key health service in the UK, the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient.
     
  • Anna Collins (Research Fellow), Centre for Palliative Care, Victoria
    “The What, Why and How of Service Evaluation”
    Anna presented the practical aspects of how to design, implement and facilitate a number of methods that can be used to a evaluate service, using her current research with Very Special Kids as a practical example.

 

November 2013

Palliative Care Research Network Victoria (PCRNV) PhD Scholarships

The PCRNV will be offering PhD scholarships in 2014, for Victorian students that are able to conduct high quality research into palliative care– leading to immediate patient benefit.

Scholarship holders will be supported at their full salary for the duration of a full-time PhD (three years) to undertake research in palliative care. Successful applicants will be enrolled as PhD candidates at a Victorian university. The majority of the research funded by the PCRNV is to be completed within Victoria and the primary supervisor and applicant/student must be based at a Victorian university (co-investigators and/or collaborators may work interstate or internationally).

The PhD scholarship scheme is the result of a partnership between the Victorian Cancer Agency and the PCRNV and is designed tobuild research capacity in Victoria.

PCRNV Palliative Care Research PhD Scholarship

Stipends will be in line with NHMRC rates:

  • Students with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS):$ 36,706 per annum
  • Students without a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS): $ 24,653 per annum
  • Direct Research Costs: Students will be eligible to apply for $1,500 per annum to be used towards the purchase of consumables relevant to the scholarship.
  • Conference Travel: Students will be eligible to apply for $750 per annum to be used towards travel relevant to the scholarship.
  • Thesis Allowance: Students can apply for$500 in the final year of the scholarship to assist with costs associated with thesis preparation and presentation.

For more information please refer to the following links:

  Palliative Care Research PhD Scholarships Guidelines 2014

  Palliative Care Research PhD scholarship Instructions for Applicants 2014

  Palliative Care Research PhD Scholarships 2014 Application Form

Please note: A read/write application can be requested. Please email pcrnv@svhm.org.au to request a copy.

 

July 2013

Call for an Early Career Researcher to become a member of the PCRNV Scientific Committee

The PCRNV Scientific Committee is seeking an Early Career Researcher (ECR) to join the Committee for the next 2 years. This will provide an opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with senior researchers, promote ECR activities in the palliative care community and to actively contribute to the scientific review and direction of future palliative care research. Mentorship from the PCRNV Scientific Committee would also be provided. The position will involve regular attendance at Scientific Committee meetings (held bi-monthly).

Nomination Process

To nominate yourself or a colleague for the ECR position on the PCRNV Scientific Committee, you must submit:

  • A completed Nomination Form
  • A brief biography or CV detailing the current position, qualifications and relevant experience of the nominee

Applicants must be based in Victoria.

For more details contact Soula Ganiatsas (Business Manager PCRNV) on 9416 000 or email pcrnv@svhm.org.au

 

March 2013

We are delighted to announce two key appointments:

  1. Soula Ganiatsas (former CEO of the Victorian Prostate Cancer Research Consortium) as Program Manager

  2. Dr Kristina Thomas (Senior Research Fellow)

We are also pleased to present some preliminary outcomes from one a major research;study arising from the PCRNV; The Cancer Care Trajectories Project.The project involved mapping the health care patterns, aggressiveness of treatment, and place of death of Victorian patients with non-small cell lung cancer from diagnosis of metastatic disease until death. Further analysis will focus on breast, prostate and lymphoma patients. We also carried out scoping literature reviews to explore three; aspects; of care that were considered likely to influence place of death. These included: a clinical condition, delirium; a service factor, the involvement of general practitioners (GPs); and a technological support, the use of tele-health. The results of these reviews were then evaluated by leading, local palliative care practitioners to identify interventions that may assist Victorian palliative care patients to stay at home.

In addition we retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 40 cancer patients in Victoria – 10 each from breast, prostate, lung, and haematological cancer – with a view to understanding factors and circumstances that lead to hospital admissions in the last three months of life, and to understand, employing qualitative research methods, how decisions about place of care and place of death were made.

The results of the project have been presented at several conferences and are currently being prepared for publication. The investigative team includes: Assoc Professor Jennifer Philip, Prof. Peter Hudson, A/Prof. Vijaya Sundararjan, Prof. Annette Street, Prof Bruce Rumbold OAM, A/Prof Peter Martin, A/Prof Kate Jackson, Dr Dell Horey, Dr Megan Bohensky, Ms Lise Pittman, Dr Leeroy William, Dr Gay Moore, Dr Rachel Zordan, Ms Jackie Kearney, Prof Sanchia Aranda, Dr Adam Bostanci.

 

February 2013

We are delighted to be welcoming Professor Jon Emery, Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research at the University of Melbourne, as Chair of the PCRNV Scientific Committee. Professor Emery will be a fantastic addition to our research expertise and experience.

 

May 2012

We welcome Professor Linda Kristjanson Vice Chancellor of Swinburne University who has recently been appointed as Chair of the PCRNV Executive Committee. Professor Kristjanson brings a wealth of experience in palliative care research methods, governance and collaboration.

 

May 2011

The PCRNV is pleased to announce the successful submission of its first research proposal to the VCA. The research project is titled ‘Exploring factors influencing site of death and care trajectories in the last 12 months of life’ and will be the first of four research proposals, which are to be developed over the next two years.

The project is being led by Dr Jennifer Philip and Prof. Peter Hudson (both from the Centre for Palliative Care, part of St Vincent’s Hospital and a Collaborative Centre of the University of Melbourne), with a large team of investigators from several institutions, including the following: Associate Professor Vijaya Sundararajan, Monash University and Victorian Research Data Linkages, Department of Health, Professor Annette Street, La Trobe University, Professor Margaret O’Connor, Monash University, Dr Bruce Rumbold, La Trobe University, Associate Professor Peter Martin, Barwon Health and Deakin University, Associate Professor Kate Jackson, Monash University, Professor Sanchia Aranda, NSW Cancer Institute and The University of Melbourne, Dr Rachel Zordan, Centre for Palliative Care, Ms Jackie Kearney, Victorian Department of Health, Dr Dell Horey, La Trobe University, Ms Lise Pittman, Barwon Health, Dr Leeroy William, Southern Health, and Dr Gaye Moore, Centre for Palliative Care.

 For further information, please contact the Centre for Palliative Care on 03 9416 0000 or email centreforpallcare@svhm.org.au