Research Capacity Building

Research Capacity Building

The BH UDRH provides research training and support in health research for local practitioners. It also invests in a support network for researchers working in isolated settings throughout Australia through:

1. The BH UDRH PhD Program

2. Research Capacity Building Programs in partnership with the Far West LHD and with the Health education Training Institute (HETI) NSW.

To support research capacity building activities the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health works with the Far West Local Health District to support clinicians to take up research activities.

The key objectives of this initiative are:

  • To increase the pool of rural health researchers by up-skilling early career researchers, and supporting the advancement of their research careers
  • To support early career researchers to undertake more high quality health care research and ensure its relevance to policy and practice by aligning it with identified needs and priorities
  • To disseminate and facilitate the uptake of evidence in policy and practice

The BH UDRH facilitates educational activities such as research seminars and workshops. Support and mentoring is also provided to novice health researchers in western NSW.

Several workshops are available which introduce various aspects of research. These can be presented in a variety of formats:

  • Series of 2-hour sessions
  • 1-3 day workshops
  • By videoconference
  • Face to face

Topics include:

  • Introduction to basic descriptive statistics
  • Introduction to questionnaire design
  • Introduction to critical appraisal of quantitative papers
  • Introduction to study types
  • Measures of frequency and association
  • Introduction to bias
  • Introduction to interpreting inferential statistics
  • Introduction to qualitative research methods
  • Ethics committee applications
  • Critical analysis of research publications
  • Designing research studies
  • Introduction to grant writing