Research Events


The Epworth Research Institute offers a number of key education forums, aimed at increasing clinician knowledge and awareness of current and emerging research programs.

Epworth research week


The Epworth Research Institute (ERI) hosts a successful research week each year, to discover, enjoy and celebrate the wide variety of research activities currently underway at Epworth HealthCare and in partnership with many of its academic and research partners.


Epworth HealthCare continues to drive excellence in clinical research programs by promoting and supporting investigator-initiated and commercially-sponsored research, strengthening existing research collaborations and developing national and international industry associations and government relations. 

Epworth research grand rounds


A research grand round is held on the third Tuesday of each month in the Epworth Richmond auditorium and video-conferenced to other Epworth sites. These sessions provide an opportunity for Epworth health professionals to hear about, and engage in, the diversity of high-quality research being conducted.


The presenters are leaders in research in their field, and not only share their knowledge but inspire new and creative research ideas and future collaborations. We encourage all staff and Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs) to attend the research grand rounds.

Epworth research week, 5 to 9 June 2017

Through an assortment of presentations and events taking place at a variety of locations this year's Epworth research week will again provide the opportunity to celebrate the diverse range of research being undertaken at Epworth HealthCare. Refer to the research week program below for information on session times and dates. 

2017 Epworth research week program

Research posters

An essential part of Epworth Research Week is our poster display. The poster display provides Researchers with the opportunity to showcase their achievements, whilst allowing the wider Epworth community to view the diverse range of research being undertaken across Epworth.

The Epworth Research Institute is calling for abstracts for posters to be displayed during Epworth Research Week: 5 - 9 June 2017.

All successful posters will be on display in the Alan R. Kinkade Clinical Education and Simulation Centre, Richmond throughout research week with abstracts also being published in the Epworth Research Week booklet.


Please refer to the ERI abstract and poster guidelines for further information on poster requirements, any further enquiries can be directed by email to or phone 9936 8058.

Poster drop off

On Monday 5 June please bring your poster(s) to the medical library located within the Alan R. Kinkade Clinical Education and Simulation Centre, level 5 Cato wing, Richmond between 9.30 am and 11.00 am. Once there you will be directed as to where to hang your poster.

Poster viewing session

The poster viewing session will be held from 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm on Monday 5 June within the Epworth Richmond education centre. This session provides an opotunity to discuss the research with the poster author over refreshments and finger food.

Poster roadshow

Due to the large number of posters submitted to Epworth research week this year a small cohort of posters will be included in the poster roadshow across the Epworth sites. If your poster is selected for the roadshow you will be notified before Friday 9 June, if for any reason it is not appropriate for your poster to be included in the poster roadshow please make this known.

Poster collection

If your poster is not included in this years in the poster roadshow it can be collected from the medical library within the Richmond education centre between 3pm and 4 pm on Friday 9 June. If you are unable to collect your poster at this time they will be removed from the education centre and  can be collected from the Academic and Medical office located in the ground floor of the Pelaco building.

Epworth research week 2016

Another successful Epworth Research Week occurred on the 11–15 of July and included many exciting events and activities, as listed in the presentation details.

A highlight of the week was the Epworth Research Institute dinner held on a Tuesday night. Close to 290 guests attended the dinner, held at the MCG, with representatives from state government, the Epworth Board, and the Epworth Medical Foundation as well as university and research organisation partners.

Three new Epworth clinicians; Mr Arthur Day AM, gynaecologist; Mr Campbell Penfold, colorectal surgeon and Professor Jack Mackay AM, colorectal surgeon were added to our list of seven Epworth honourees.

The Epworth Research Institute grants, posters, and awards were announced during the dinner with a total funding of $655,000 awarded.


Poster award winners

Experienced researcher poster award

Dr Homayoun Zargar, urology fellow at Epworth Eastern

The Impact of United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPTSTF) Recommendations Against PSA Testing on PSA Testing in Australia


New researcher poster award

Mr Nicholas Tan, Monash medical student

Long-term survival outcome after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation


Epworth allied health research poster award

Elizabeth Moore, physiotherapist, Richmond rehabilitation

Therapy adherence increases goal achievement following BoNT-A for focal spasticity in adults


Epworth nursing research poster award

Rachel Waugh, registered nurse, Epworth Freemasons

An observation audit tool for nurse-to-nurse bedside clinical handover


ERI research excellence award winners:

Researcher of the year

Associate Professor Gavin Williams, specialist neurological physiotherapist, Epworth Rehabilitation


Research leader of the year

Professor Mari Botti, Director Epworth/Deakin Centre for Clinical Nursing Research


Research benefactor of the year

The E.J. Whitten Foundation


2016 research week presentation details 

Keynote presentation

How to cure cancer

Professor Miles Prince

Professor/Director of molecular oncology and cancer immunology, Epworth HealthCare

Research grand round

Regenerative medicine and cell therapies - new medicine in development

Professor Alan Trounson

Emeritus Professor, Monash University 

ERI dinner guest speaker

Medical research in the 21st century 

Professor Anne Kelso AO


Cardiac sciences research forum 

What have we learnt from plaque imaging

Professor Stephen Nicholls

Deputy Director, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Point of Care/digital health Symposium

Oneview – revolutionising the patient experience

Dr Louise Messara

CEO, Oneview ANZ


Delivering value-based patient-centred care with the Point-of-Care system

Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Epworth Chair in Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare


E-VieWeR - The Epworth Virtual Ward Round Study

A/Professor Jeremy Grummet

Urologist, Epworth HealthCare

Nursing symposium

Nurse compassion fatigue: A priority research agenda

Deborah Boyle

Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of California


Practice guidelines for the care of patients undergoing radiotherapy

Margie Hjorth

Nurse Unit Manager, Radiation Oncology, Epworth HealthCare

Research about the road to recovery: an Allied Health symposium

Consequences of olfactory impairment following traumatic brain injury

Mel Drummond

Special Projects Coordinator/Speech Pathologist Olfactory Impairment Clinic, Epworth HealthCare


Return to driving after traumatic brain injury - processes, outcomes, and interventions

Pam Ross

Senior Occupational Therapist, Epworth HealthCare


Adherence to exercise influences outcome following botulinum neurotoxin in adults with focal spasticity

Liz Moore

Physiotherapist, Epworth HealthCare

Mental health plenary presentation

Comprehensive management of bipolar disorder

Professor David Castle

Chair of Psychiatry, St Vincent’s Health and University of Melbourne

Prostate cancer symposium

Distinct origins of metastasis and castration-resistance in prostate cancer: insights from sequencing studies in paired samples

Dr Niall Corcoran

Epworth Prostate Centre, Epworth HealthCare


Prostate cancer - PSA screening in Australia in 2016   

A/Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk

Epworth HealthCare


Targeted radiotherapy research in prostate cancer

Dr Pat Bowden

Radiation Oncology, Epworth HealthCare


Imaging of prostate cancer in 2016: New frontiers in clinical research

Dr Alain Lavoipierre

Epworth HealthCare

Epworth Research Week photos 2016

View a slideshow of images from the 2016 event.

Epworth HealthCare Research Week events archive