2021 Betty McGrath Seeding Grant Winners

16/Nov/2021     Mater GroupResearch

Mater has continued its long tradition of supporting research into better ways to help patients and their families and making the delivery of exceptional health care easier, with the presentation of the 2021 Mater Foundation Betty McGrath Health Care Delivery and Innovation, and Education Seeding Grants.

The grants provide start-up funding to Mater People for research that aims to improve patient care and can be readily translated into clinical practice or improve the delivery of clinical education.

Seven Mater People have received funding – chosen from a strong field of 18 high-quality applicants. Two more Betty McGrath Seeding Grants were awarded in 2021 compared to last year.  

The winning ideas reflect the strong culture of research and innovation within Mater Group, with projects ranging from examining how epilepsy treatments affect speech through to exploring ways to optimise simulation training for clinicians.

The 2021 Betty McGrath Health Care Delivery and Innovation Seeding Grant awardees are:

Dr Lisa Gillinder: Language in Epilepsy Assessment Program – LEAP Project

Dr Kym Warhurst: Engaging with clinicians to identify and reduce unwarranted clinical variation in maternity care

Dr Grace Branjerdporn: Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an electronic mindfulness-based intervention to improve maternal mental health in the peripartum: A randomised controlled trial

Dr Peter Collins: Digital-health enhanced Mater Malnutrition Model of Care in supporting patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): from hospital-to-community transition

Ms Bronagh McAlinden: Investigating inter-rater reliability for the use of lung ultrasound by physiotherapists in premature infants with Respiratory Distress Syndrome

The 2021 Betty McGrath Education Seeding Grant awardees are:

Ms Sharon Clipperton: Development and evaluation of a faculty development program for Translational Simulation

Dr Erich Schulz: Teaching tip lifting to medical students — An adaptive three arm effectiveness RCT to improve intravenous cannulation first time success: Flatten and Advance while Lifting the Tip (FALT) Trial.

The grants are a joint initiative of Mater Health, Mater Research, Mater Education and Mater Foundation, and can be used to purchase research equipment or software and cover the costs of obtaining statistical advice, clinical back-fill, open access publishing or research assistance.

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