Research requests

We work with NSW Health staff, external researchers and partner organisations to undertake research in partnership with eHealth NSW.

eHealth NSW uses an operating model, including key criteria and principles, with consideration on value and benefits for the system, as well as how research could be translated into practice. With these considerations, eHealth NSW endorses and partners with particular projects.

“What we are doing is coordinating, enabling, and providing standardised governance and reporting,” said Lachlan Rudd, Director of Data and Analytics, eHealth NSW.

For research-related enquiries, please contact Heidi Mueller, Research Coordinator for eHealth NSW’s Data and Analytics portfolio: EHNSW-Research@health.nsw.gov.au

Submit a request

Research Project Eligibility Criteria

Research projects must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:

  • The research must add value and benefit the system.
  • The project must directly align with the priorities of eHealth NSW (eHealth Strategy for NSW Health, NSW Health Analytics Framework, NSW Health Strategic Priorities, and The Premier’s Priorities).
  • The application must demonstrate collaborative engagement and consultation with relevant networks and stakeholders where applicable (e.g. partner organisations, MOH, ACI, clinicians, Local ICT, Chief Information Officer, health service administrators, researchers, and consumers).
  • Completed feasibility trial and/or pilot project demonstrating value, before considering multi-site state-wide roll out and/or broad ICT integration.

eHealth NSW Endorsement

All applicants who require endorsement from eHealth NSW need to contact the Research Coordinator for project approval.

  • Prior to applying for any research grant, applicants should submit a request below in the “submit a request” section. Please attach a one-page project outline for review including what is requested from an eHealth perspective. The Research Coordinator will review the application and get in contact to provide feedback and next steps.

Application Process Overview

Submission of applications, review and reporting follows a standard process.

eHealth NSW Consultation Phase

  • Researcher contacts eHealth NSW
  • Initial eHealth NSW review of application
  • eHealth NSW internal stakeholder engagement
  • Feedback from eHealth NSW to Researcher
  • Researcher project proposal submission to eHealth NSW Research Coordinator: EHNSW-Research@health.nsw.gov.au or for direct enquiries contact Heidi at: Heidi.Mueller@health.nsw.gov.au

eHealth NSW Review Phase

  • Research evaluation and engagement of partner organisations (mix of internal and external) review
  • eHealth NSW executive and/or relevant NSW Health partner organisations executive endorse successful proposals

Report Phase

  • Researcher makes ethics application to HREC
  • Researcher conducts research project
  • Researcher delivers progress reports and engages with network/taskforce/institute/HREC/funding organisation
  • Research presents project outcomes to eHealth NSW (project report, outcomes, benefits and translation)

eHealth NSW supports and encourages a strong research program, driven by internal and external researchers

The Research review and approval process involves 3 steps

  1. External Researcher engagement
  2. Internal eHealth NSW review and collaboration
  3. eHealth endorsement and approval

Research Review and Approval Flowchart

*Researchers may be required to obtain approval from other agencies impacted by the research

e.g. Data ownership is likely to lie with either the MoH or CE of the partner LHD

Research Conduct

All research undertaken in partnership with the eHealth NSW must adhere to relevant standards of research conduct. Proposals and research designs should be developed with reference to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) standards of academic conduct.

All research practices conducted in partnership with eHealth NSW must meet the following conduct:

  • obtain and maintain ongoing approval from relevant human research ethics committee(HREC)
  • encourage collaboration
  • have a high likelihood to translate into better patient outcomes, health service delivery, and population health and wellbeing
  • be of excellent and robust scientific quality
  • demonstrate excellent leadership
  • ensure security of research data and information
  • support appropriate intellectual property
  • meet legislative requirements on confidentiality and privacy of information
  • establish mechanism for appropriate record keeping
  • be appropriately resourced
  • protect participants
  • maintain appropriate training of staff and researchers
  • commit to regular reporting, including publishing results and disseminating research finding in an accurate and timely manner
  • provide eHealth NSW advanced copies of publications, at least two weeks prior to submission
  • support appropriate authorship rights
  • support appropriate acknowledgements
  • meet internationally recognised research integrity standards.

eHealth endorsed and approved projects 2020

Principal InvestigatorOrganisation Project title
Professor David Brieger Sydney Local Health District Building a learning health system: using eMR derived automatic feedback of quality process indicators to improve quality of care and outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome: SPEED-EXTRACT
Dr Sue Mei Lau & Dr Barbara Depczynski Prince of Wales Hospital, South Eastern Sydney LHD Developing and implementing a new, evidence-based and cost-effective model of inpatient diabetes consultation: The Diabetes Dashboard
A/Prof Christopher Pearce Macquarie University COVID Early Warning and Monitoring System” – Developing a real-time data exchange between primary and secondary care to facilitate a rapid response to emerging trends
Sally Redman SaxInstitute Modelling for Hospitals
Prof Warwick Britton Sydney Local Health District Improving patient care by integrating remote monitoring technology into digitalhealth infrastructure: learning from COVID-19
Dr Cliff Meldrum NSW Health Pathology Scalable, interoperable data & analysis platform for actionable insights to combat infectious diseases in Australia: SpreadStopper
Harris MF UNSW Cancer Shared Care
Deepak Bhonagiri South Western Sydney LHD 24/7 eICU model of care for Level 4 ICUs in rural NSW

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get more information about developing a research proposal?

The NSW Health Translational Research Grants Scheme has appropriate resources.

What data assets are available within NSW Health?

For internal NSW Health staff please access Analytics Assist.

For external researchers please access Centre for Health Record Linkage.

What is eHealth NSW’s strategic priorities for research?

The eHealth NSW Strategy for NSW Health 2016-2026 has been developed to guide NSW to deliver world-class, eHealth-enabled healthcare services across the State over the next decade. This strategy sets the focus and underpinning principles for NSW to realise the vision of ‘A digitally enabled and integrated  health system delivering patient-centred health experiences and quality health outcomes’. eHealth Strategy for NSW Health 2016-2026, Premier’s priorities and NSW Health Strategic Priorities 2019-2020.

What is the role of eHealth NSW in research?

eHealth NSW will review and advise on proposals and may participate in research programs.

When should I talk to eHealth NSW?

As early as you identify the need to utilise data across multiple LHDs or the need to use technology or request changes to the EMR as part of your research project.

What support can I get from my local IT compared to eHealth NSW and do they overlap?

This will vary from LHD to LHD so it is a good idea to speak with your local team as well as eHealth NSW. Your local LHD technical team is usually a good first point of contact when planning your design and its suitability for use within NSW Health. Your LHD IT team can support you in understanding
and meeting the process guidelines to fully demonstrate the type of app or solution proposed, how it will interact with NSW Health Systems and complies with the required legislative and security requirements.

Do I need to contact the eHealth NSW Research Coordinator or can I reach out to my existing contacts at eHealth?

Yes, all requests regarding research need to be received through the Research Coordinator to ensure they are actioned appropriately with the correct follow up and oversight.

What is a PSAF?

An early assessment service which supports all projects and programs in security-risk decision-making, eHealth NSW’s Privacy and Security Assurance Framework (PSAF) helps programs and projects to eliminate or mitigate any potential risks. Through the use of structured questionnaires, the PSAF seeks to identify and influence every stage of a new system and proposals to meet eHealth NSW’s ‘Security and Privacy by Design’ principle.

  • Complies with eHealth NSW, NSW Health and NSW Government security policies
  • Provides a structured approach to information security implementation within eHealth NSW and the wider NSW Health system
  • Complies with the legal and regulatory framework under which eHealth NSW and NSW Health operate
  • Provides manageable and effective information security controls to ensure appropriate protection of information assets.

Where can I find more information and guidance for developing apps or solutions?

More information can be found in the Guide to eHealth NSW Systems document, when working on a digital healthcare project within NSW Health.

How do I subscribe to emails from eHealth NSW Research?

Please send an email to EHNSW-Research@health.nsw.gov.au

Recent opportunities for researchers

MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research - 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

11-Nov-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

5pm ACT local time on 28 October 2020.

$3,000,000.00

The objective of the MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research - 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity is to support clinical trials that examine the effects of medicinal cannabis for the management of pain  symptoms and side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment in cancer patients.  The intended outcome of this grant opportunity is to build the evidence base to help medical professionals make informed decisions about the prescription of medicinal cannabis to manage and treat pain  symptoms and side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=5F437080-90CA-D4B2-FBA71B39D96332FF

MRFF Clinical Trials Activity Initiative 2020 Rare Cancers  Rare Diseases and Unmet Need General Grant Opportunity

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

11-Nov-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

5pm ACT local time on 28 October 2020.

$25,000,000.00

Applications to this grant opportunity must propose a clinical trial that addresses a gap in current research and/or knowledge in rare cancers  rare diseases and areas of unmet medical need.  Applications must address the desired outcomes described in section 1.3 of the grant guidelines.

http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=045870F0-BC10-3E90-DF01EC67E6081E8F

MRFF - PHCR Initiative - 2020 Primary Health Care Research Grant Opportunity

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

11-Nov-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

 

$4,800,000.00

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - Primary Health Care Research Initiative aims to enable or support an increase in Australia's evidence base in primary health care through research to improve service delivery and patient outcomes  and translate this knowledge into action.  

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support primary health care implementation research that builds the primary health care evidence base and accelerates development and/or adoption of best practice clinical care and models.  The intended outcome of the research is to improve health outcomes  raise the standard of clinical care and practice  support health system improvement in primary care  and/or improve primary health care policy.  

To be competitive for funding  applicants must propose to conduct primary health care research that delivers against the above objectives.

http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=F32CA9D9-A689-4461-9D4E918182759CEC

NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care (EOLC TCR)

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

28-Oct-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

14 October 2020, 5pm (ACT Local Time)

$5,000,000.00

The intended aims of the EOLC TCR are to identify best practice approaches to end of life care that are meaningful for patients  families and carers and coordinated within  and sustainable for  the health system. The objectives of the EOLC TCR are to:  
- understand how to provide high quality  evidence based end of life care  in an environment that is person-centred recognising  accommodating and respecting the preferences and values of patients  their families and carers  
- increase the awareness of patients  families  carers and the community of the options  preferences and ethics for end of life care
- identify best practice support for families and best practice training for carers and health/allied health professionals
- support the development of end of life care models which are systematic  integrated  flexible  culturally safe appropriate according to need  and sustainable
- use data and evidence for service development  monitoring and quality assurance.  

The EOLC TCR will not support:
- research based entirely overseas (out of Australia)
- proposals that focus on voluntary assisted dying and/or euthanasia
- studies that involve animal or in vitro work

http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=C4F4FB0A-D551-3D14-8C4C64C88301FDD4

MRFF - Million Minds Mission - 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

11-Nov-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

5pm ACT local time on 28 October 2020.

$24,000,000.00 (From $8,000,000.00 to $12,000,000.00 per grant)

The objective of the MRFF Million Minds Mission 2020 Mental Health Research grant opportunity is to support research into the following mental health priority areas:
- new mechanisms for early identification and prevention amongst children and adolescents;
- treatments for those with treatment resistant or treatment refractory mental health conditions  
- initiatives to address the physical health of individuals with mental illness
- mechanisms to support access to treatment

To deliver these projects the successful researchers under this Grant Opportunity will be required to establish mental health clinical trial networks as part of their research project to ensure effective engagement with clinicians  national collaboration and coordination and rapid implementation into clinical practice. It is anticipated that this Grant Opportunity will fund two mental health clinical trial networks  one focussing on children and youth; and another on adults.

http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=913F13FB-BD73-B4F2-18F355C6FA076C45

MRFF - EPCDR Initiative - 2020 Silicosis Research Grant Opportunity

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

11-Nov-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

 

$4,500,000.00

The Medical Research Future Fund - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative is designed to support high quality research that improves patient care  translates new discoveries and encourages joint collaboration of consumers and researchers in undertaking research in emerging priority areas.  

The objective of this grant opportunity is to investigate evidence-based prevention and treatment options for individuals at risk of  or suffering from  accelerated silicosis caused by engineered stone. To be competitive for funding  applicants must propose to conduct research that delivers against this objective.  

The intended outcome of the research funded by this grant opportunity is to improve our understanding of pathology  prevention  diagnosis management and treatment of accelerated silicosis caused by engineered stone and to inform policy and regulatory approaches to managing existing and emerging risks in dust diseases.

http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=5C4E109C-E8AE-6763-C2C23464DC2979ED

MRFF Clinical Trial Activity Initiative - 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

03-Mar-2021 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Minimum Data Dates:
*Round 1: 5pm ACT local time on 28 October
*Round 2: 5pm ACT local time on 17 February 2021.

$12,600,000.00

Applications to this MRFF Clinical Trial Activity Initiative -2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity must propose a clinical trial in Australia  in collaboration with international counterparts.

Applications must address the desired outcomes described in section 1.3 of the grant guidelines.

http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=030340B5-DE2F-7579-35FCB4AD7085B7E4

MRFF 2020 Primary Health Care Research Data Infrastructure

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

23-Feb-2021 5:00 pm

 

$10,000,000.00

It will support world-class health and medical research in Australia. The opportunity focuses on strategic investment in:

  • data registries
  • biobanks
  • data linkage platforms.

The fund will help researchers to collect, share and analyse data more widely. This will help

  • make evidence-based care easier for health professionals
  • drive efficient use of resources
  • support advances in healthcare

Research data infrastructure Research data infrastructure has a specific definition for this grant opportunity. It refers to infrastructure and tasks that will enable the better use of health and medical research data. Infrastructure include:

  • facilities
  • equipment
  • systems
  • services

Data tasks include:

  • data generation
  • manipulation
  • curation
  • access

It also includes activities that:

  • help data to be exchange securely
  • help data to be better understood and used with confidence
  • build the digital health capacity of the workforce

https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=3687f48f-cece-7b9c-2e1e-c5b84774b371

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) 2021

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

2 Dec 2020 (5:00pm)

18-Nov-20

$44,000,000.00

The objective of the CRE scheme is to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. The CRE scheme will also support researchers in capacity building activities, including in specific areas of need identified by NHMRC.

The intended outcomes of the CRE scheme are to:

  • support the conduct and development of innovative, high quality, collaborative research
  • promote effective translation of research into health policy and/or practice
  • foster and build capacity in the health and medical research workforce
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams. Each project is awarded

From $2,500,000.00 to $3,000,000.00

https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=4adff0e1-a403-47b5-beb8-0fe5d0e596aa

or

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/centres-research-excellence

NHMRC Partnership Grants

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

2-Dec-20

18-Nov-20

1,500,000

Partnership Projects create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. Partnership Projects answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services.

Continuous application process:
This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date is not fixed for 1 January—it will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle. This allows funding to be administered more quickly after grants are awarded provided all necessary documentation is in place.

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/partnership-projects

Development Grants - (funding commencing in 2021)

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

11 Dec 2019 (5:00pm)

20-Nov-19

 

The Development Grant scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe.

The Development Grant scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that, if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

Research supported by this scheme must, via a commercial business plan, have detailed feasible strategies for commercialisation that take into account the regulatory pathway, protectable intellectual property, commercial barriers and potential routes to market.

The Development Grant scheme will not fund early stage research or knowledge creation research (this is fundable through the Ideas Grant scheme).

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/development-grants

NHMRC Synergy Grant Scheme – cancelled for 2020

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

NA

NA

$5 million per grant

Synergy Grants support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.

Synergy Grant Scheme – cancelled for 2020
NHMRC has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Synergy Grant round due to the impacts of COVID-19. This will be very disappointing for many researchers who have worked hard to develop their research plan and build the collaborations underpinning this important scheme.

Synergy Grants will return in the 2021 funding round.
Grant at a glance
Duration of funding: 5 years

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/synergy-grants

NHMRC Ideas Grant

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

17-Jun-20

15-May-20

based on budget

The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s).

The expected outcomes are:

  • innovative and creative research
  • funding of researchers at all career stages, and
  • funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

The scheme will provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that the CIA will have the capability to lead the team in achieving the project aims.

Level of funding:

  • The amount of funding for an Ideas Grant will be based on assessment of the requested budget. Refer to the Grant Guidelines.

Duration of funding:

  • 1-5 years

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/ideas-grants

NHMRC Investor Grants - (funding commencing in 2021)

Closing Date and Time Minimum Data Closes Funding AvailableDescriptionLink

27-Nov-19

31-Oct-19

32 million over 2 years

Investigator Grants consolidate separate fellowship and research support into one grant scheme that provides the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.

These grants provide the investigator with flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed, rather than being restricted to the scope of a specific research project.

Investigator Grants support:

  • research across the four pillars of health and medical research: biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research
  • different career stages – early career researchers, mid-career researchers and established
  • researchers researchers with clinical responsibilities (such as clinicians, public health and allied health practitioners)
  • full-time and part-time researchers.

The expected outcomes are:

  • flexibility for investigators to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed innovative and creative research
  • opportunities for researchers at all career stages to establish their own research programs
  • reduced application and peer review burden on researchers.

Funding Support
Investigator Grants may be funded by or in conjunction with other organisations. These grants offer opportunities to researchers whose work is particularly relevant to the priorities and research interests of the partner organisations.

Information on how organisations and individuals can support NHMRC to fund health and medical research is available on the NHMRC website.

Details of partner organisations providing funding support for the current funding round is available on Grant Connect.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
As announced by the minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, on 5 September 2019, the Government will invest $32 million over the next two years to support MRFF funded Investigator Grants.

Applications for this funding will be submitted and peer reviewed through the 2020 NHMRC Investigator Grant round opening 2 October 2019.

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/investigator-grants-2020-funding-commencing-2021

Conferences

Conference Abstracts are invited from the following research topics Abstracts are dueLink

Digital Health Week 2021

  • Data and learning health systems
  • eHealth education
  • eHealth and Health services
  • Equity, equality, and the digital divide
  • Games and gamification for health
  • Mobile applications and wearable technologies
  • Social media and social networking sites
  • Technology and the health workforce
  • Telehealth and telepractice
  • Virtual and augmented reality
11:59pm Sunday 15 November 2020

https://dhin.net.au/digital-health-week-2021/

International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare - Sydney 2021 (Poster submission)
  • Safety
  • Quality, Cost, Value
  • Person and Family-Centered Care
  • Population and Public Health
  • Building Capability and Leadership
  • Work in Progress
Call for Posters is now open until 10 February 2021

https://internationalforum.bmj.com/sydney/call-for-posters/

International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare - Sydney 2021 (Speaker submission) The mission of the International Forum is to bring together the quality improvement community to improve care. We do this by sharing ideas and experiences from different countries, professions and healthcare systems to discuss what works (and what doesn’t) with the aim of creating a revolution in patient outcomes. Call for Speakers now Closed

https://internationalforum.bmj.com/sydney/call-for-speakers/

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