Researcher Development Program (RDP) Fellowships

Note that PHC RED funding concluded at the end of 2011 and this program is no longer active.
The Researcher Development Program was introduced into the Research Capacity Building Initiative (RCBI) in 2005 and has become one of its key components, one that is common to each participating university’s RCB Program.

Under the Researcher Development Program, early-mid career primary care researchers receive training and support to undertake a supervised, small research or evaluation project. Recipients are provided with a salary and access to infrastructure. They are expected to attend regular weekly research and supervision meetings. Awards are offered on a part-time basis and usually run for a maximum of 1 year.

2011 Researcher Development Program (RDP) Fellowships

Applications for the Researcher Development Program (RDP) Fellowships are now closed:

Since the Program's inception, the Discipline of General Practice has hosted 18 RDP Fellows who have worked on a variety of research projects as follows:

Katherine Williamson A study into the effectiveness of specific water exercises in improving core stability in people with low back pain.
Angela Bettess Midlife Women and Psychological Morbidity in General Practice.
Carol Kefford Evaluation of the 'General Practitioners (GPs) in Schools' Program
Simone Stromer The Taps (Threats to Australian Patient Safety) Project - GP Registrars' Perspective.
Meredith Makeham Threats to Australian Patient Safety (TAPS). An evaluation of incidence of error in general practice.
Carol Kefford Do low impact exercise classes improve physical and mental functioning and quality of life in young people with chronic health issues?
Hester Wilson Comorbid Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: General Practice Data Analysis Project.
Sam Stott Among young people aged between 12-24 years with mobile phones registered as clients of Youthblock Health and Resource Service in 2007, are SMS appointment reminders associated with a reduction in failures to attend clinical appointments?
Penny Abbott Effectiveness of a cooking course for Aboriginal people with diabetes and those at risk of diabetes at the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney.
Jerry Bacich Does the Central Sydney Level 1 Mental Health Training make a difference for GPs?
Sam Stott Continuation of 2007 project.
Penny Abbott Continuation of 2007 project.
Melinda Prince General Practice Registrar Well-Being in Australia: The work-life balance.
Sean Appoo Smoking cessation in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs).
 Chris Daniel  Coordinating Health Care in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse General Practices in Sydney.
 Debra Clark  The role of patient held records in diabetes self-management.
 Rebecca Hensley  A systematic review of adenoidectomy as treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in children.
 Alex McLaren  Evaluation of the Practice Health Atlas.
 Sylvia King (Guenther)  GP tutors and effective clinical placements.
 Jasmine Sarin  The use of pharmacotherapies in smoking cessation for Aboriginal people: the perspectives of staff working in NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services(ACCHSs).



 Alex McLaren

Continuation of 2010 project.

 Marika Franklin

Siblings as the secondary patient: an investigation into Health Practitioners perceptions of the needs of adolescents and young adults (AYA's) with a sibling diagnosed with cancer.
 Karen Hutchinson  Delving deeper into living with a chronic and complex neurological disability: the patients' story.