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Epworth Research Month features informative and inspiring presentations from our research teams who are working to identify new and better ways to treat our patients and improve their health and wellbeing.

Epworth Research Month 2021 will run as a program of online presentations throughout the month of October. By joining our online webinars, you will gain an insight into the research being conducted at Epworth.  This year our program consists of 29 webinars from over 50 Epworth researchers across a diverse range of disciplines including cancer, mental health, health informatics, nursing, musculoskeletal surgery, rehabilitation medicine, traumatic brain injury and paediatric allergy.

Check out the program below for the presentations you would like to attend, then copy the Teams link details into your Outlook calendar.

Program of Events | Research Month October 2021

Title and Webinar link Details Presenters Date Time 

Creative writing as reflective practice

Webinar recording

"In-verse reflection: structured creative writing exercises to promote reflective learning in medical students"

A/Prof Martin Richardson and David McLean

Monday 4 October 2021 2.00pm–2.30pm

Medical Student Research Highlights (Part 1.)

Webinar recording

Chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis in adolescents: a review of evidence on the role of early surgery in diagnoses and treatment (Amy Shao).

The CSI study: a review of efficacy and availability of targeted treatments for central sensitisation in women with endometriosis (Grace Simpson)

Strength & limitations of various culture/sequencing methodology for microbiome study in endometriosis (Jaehee Kim)

Retrospective review of all patients undergoing procedural sedation at Epworth Hospital (Jeremy Katanas)

Amy Shao

Grace Simpson

Jaehee Kim

Jeremy Katanas

Monday 4 October 2021 3.00pm–4.30pm

EJ Whitten Prostate Series

Webinar recording

EJ Whitten Foundation Prostate Cancer Research Centre

Dr Nathan Lawrentschuk

Dr Sean Ong

Dr Dominic Bagguley

Tuesday 5 October 7.30am–9.00am

Epworth Rehabilitation Clinic

Webinar recording

Epworth Rehabilitation Concussion Clinic – The First 500+ Patients (John Olver and Rose Acher);

Is anxiety the key when it comes to chronic concussion? (Harvey Jones and Lucy Ymer); Stopping the Concussion Spin (Megan Hamilton)

John Olver

Rose Acher

Megan Hamilton

Harvey Jones

Lucy Ymer

Stephanie Jones

Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.00pm–2.00pm

Epworth Nursing Research Series (Part 1.)

Webinar recording

Showcasing nursing research in acute care contexts

Kate Gillan – Vision for Nursing & Midwifery Epworth 2025

Owen Tebbs – Surge planning for the COVID-19 response in 2020

Diana Lee – Rapid development of a Respiratory Protection Program for staff at Epworth HealthCare

Dr Stephane Bouchoucha - Personal Protective Equipment use and associated adverse-effects during the COVID-19 pandemic the Singapore experience

A/Prof Melissa Bloomer – Barriers and supportive measures to address family needs during infectious disease outbreaks: What does the evidence say?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 12.30pm–2.00pm

Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health Student Showcase

Webinar recording

Improving Electroencephalographic methods to assess brain connectivity: Predicting response and relapse after repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression. (Aleksandra Miljevic)

Transforming treatments for schizophrenia: Virtual reality, brain stimulation and social cognition (Kirsten Gainsford)

Therapeutic use of transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Dr Magelage Perera)

Accelerated Theta Burst Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Depression: results from a multi-site randomised controlled trial (Dr Leo Chen).

Mindfulness and pain: The brain-heart connection (Michael Wang)

Transdiagnostic EEG correlates of Attentional Control in Anxiety: A systematic review and implications for treatment development (Jessica Michael)

Transcranial alternating current stimulation for apathy in Huntington’s disease (Marie-Claire Davis)

Dr Leo Chen

Aleksandra Miljevic

Kirsten Gainsford

Dr Magelage Perera

Michael Wang

Jessica Michael

Marie-Claire Davis

Thursday 7 October 2021 10:00am–12:00pm

Circulating Tumour DNA – biomarker for malignancy

Webinar recording

“Circulating Tumour DNA- the agnostic, prognostic and diagnostic biomarker for malignancy”

Dr Costas Yannakou

Caitlyn Ngo-Nguyen

Dr Rachel Delahuntly

Nicole Brooks

Thursday 7 October 2021 12:30pm–1:30pm

Total knee and ACL reconstruction

Webinar recording

Intraoperative pressures sensors to measure the soft tissue envelope of a total knee replacement "When the wrapping paper is as important as the present!" (Cam Fary)

4DCT Analysis of Cadaveric Knees To Determine Graft Isometry in ACL Reconstruction – A Novel Technique (Justin Wong)

Dr Cam Fary

Dr Justin Wong

Friday 8 October 2021 12.30pm–1.30pm

Multidisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation

Webinar recording

Physical Therapy During Post Traumatic Amnesia, Comparison of Memory Rehabilitation Approaches in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI); Longitudinal prospective study of outcomes following traumatic amputation: Exploring pain, psychological function, quality of life and mobility up to 5 years following.

Michelle Kahn

Felicity Lorains

Jemma Keeves

Liam Johnson

Monday 11 October 2021 12.00pm–1.00pm

Medical Student Research Highlights (Part 2.)

Webinar recording

A systematic review of instability patterns, diagnostic workup and management strategies with Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Arthroplasty including a review of the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry published data (Ruochen Mao).

Contrast reaction management in a Radiology Department (Ruochun Zhang)

Reasons for overnight/multi day stay in plastic surgery (Samuel Morris)

Ruochen Mao

Ruochun Zhang

JSamuel Morris

Monday 11 October 2021 3.00pm–4.30pm

Pancreatic and upper gastrointestinal cancer

Webinar recording

Treatment and outcomes of unresectable and metastatic pancreatic cancer treated in public and private Australian hospitals (Yat Hang To); PROpatient study protocol - A multicentre, registry-based randomised controlled trial of symptom monitoring and centralised care coordination to improve health-related quality of life for patients with pancreatic and oesophagogastric cancer (Tennille Lewin)

Yat Hang To

Tennille Lewin

Tuesday 12 October 10.00am–11.00am

Health Informatics

Webinar recording

Digital Health the enabling role of analytics and AI

Prof. Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Dr Stephen Vaughan

Dr Oren Tirosh

Dr Chinedu Ossai

Dr Nalika Ulapane

Dr John Zelcer

Tuesday 12 October 2021 2.00pm–3.00pm

Epworth Nursing Research Series (Part 2.)

Centre for Paediatric Allergies at Epworth

Webinar recording

Mental Health and Rehabilitation Research

Julia Segal - Consultant Liaison Stream Leader - An evaluation of the nurse consultant-led liaison in-patient psychiatry service

Amy Kaplan - Senior Dietitian, Mental Health - Improving the management of eating disorders at Epworth Clinic

Kim Miles - Education Manager - Engaging consumers to prevent harm from falls

Jo Kevill -Chronic Disease Program Coordinator - Adaptation and delivery of Chronic Heart Failure rehabilitation program during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday 13 October 2021 12.30pm–2.00pm
Rehabilitation Research – Session 1

Current PhD and Masters projects within EMReM and PRoSpER

Webinar recording

Assessing Sleepless Nights during Early Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery (Bianca Fedele) Agreement Comparison in Rehabilitation Research (Dean McKenzie)

The safe return to exercise after traumatic brain injury (Sara Aldous) Ankle power generation has a greater influence on walking speed reserve than static balance following traumatic brain injury (Renee Gill)

Bianca Fedele

A/Prof. Dean McKenzie

Sara Aldous

Renee Gill

Thursday 14 October 2021 12.30pm– 1.30pm

Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre

Webinar recording

Key findings from a controlled trial of positive behaviour support for challenging behaviours after brain injury.

Prof Jennie Ponsford

Dr Kate Gould

Ms Amelia Hicks

Thursday 14 October 2021 3.00pm– 4.30pm

Gynaecological research update 

Progress towards a National Gynaecological Oncology Registry. Module 2. Endometrial Cancer (A/Prof Robert Rome);

Female Genital Mutilation with a Case presentation of a Rare Clitoral Inclusion Cyst (Tanaka Dune, Ruchi Singh, Kazila Ghatia, Ruth-Cameron Jeffs, Marie Jones, Nigisti Mulholland)

Tanaka Dune

Ruchi Singh

Kazila Ghatia

Ruth-Cameron Jeffs

Marie Jones

Nigisti Mulholland

Friday 15 October 2021


Biostatistics masterclass: Clean Data and Unicorns

Webinar recording

'Clean Data and Unicorns' (Dean McKenzie and Dr Laven Padayachee)

'Preparing for Power Analysis' (Dean McKenzie)

Dr Laven Padayachee

Dean McKenzie

Monday 18 October 2021


Prone & Supine 12 lead Electrocardiography Comparisons

Webinar recording

Prone & Supine 12 lead Electrocardiography Comparisons: Utility of the Prone ECG for the Detection of Cardiac Conditions in Patients Requiring Prone Ventilation with COVID-19 (David Chieng)

Dr David Chieng

Monday 18 October 2021


General Surgery and Gastroenterology Clinical Institute update

Webinar recording

Efficacy of Pregabalin for peri-operative pain relief in arthroscopic shoulder surgery: Results from ESSPrS (Epworth Shoulder Pregab Study) RCT.  Minoo Patel

Collaborative HPB Research — Strength in Numbers. Luke Bradshaw

Comparison of Survival of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Surgery vs. Upfront Surgery for Resectable Colorectal Liver Metastases – A Retrospective Cohort Study.  Sowmya Prabhakaran

Development of an App for Multidisciplinary Meetings.  Mark Cullinan

Crohn's disease strictures are responsive to drug treatment. A randomised controlled trial (STRIDENT) comparing standard anti-TNF with intense combination therapy. Julien Schulberg

A/Prof. Gary Crosthwaite
Prof. Minoo Patel
Dr Sowmya
Dr Prabhakaran
Dr Mark Cullinan
Dr Julien Schulberg

Tuesday 19 October 2021 3.00pm-4:30pm

Epworth Nursing Research Series (Part 3.)

Webinar recording

Nurses’ and Midwives’ role as leaders in Patient Safety

Chairs Shane Combs

Jane Lynch

Wednesday 20 October 12.30pm–2.00pm

Virtual Poster Presentation Event

Webinar recording

Epworth research highlights 2021

Elliott Anderson
Fiona Ip
Paulina Alhucema
Samantha Hall
Chin Yong
Jeanette Lim
Stephanie Teague
Vanessa Wong
Tanaka Dune
Debbie Ling

Thursday 21 October 2021 12.30pm–1.30pm

Genomics research plus Bringing hospitals together for research collaboration

Webinar recording

Genomics-translating research into better clinical practice (Prof Ingrid Winship AO); Bringing hospitals together for research collaboration: the story of the ACE Database (Shane Nanayakkara and Olivia Leary)

Shane Nanayakkara

Olivia Leary

Friday 22 October 2021 12.30pm–1.30pm

AFLW injury comparisons

Webinar recording

Gender differences in Australian Football injuries

Dr Matt Ryan

Dr Stephen Gill

Dr Julian Stella

Dr Nicole Lowry

Monday 25 October 2021 12.30pm–1.30pm

Intensive Care Unit: current research and developments

Webinar recording

Identifying efficient, scalable methods of delivering cardiac ultrasound education;

The safety and feasibility of just-in-time fit testing during a COVID-19 pandemic;

High stakes decision making in ICU;

Siri, Is my patient going to have another MET call?

Have I got NEWS for you!

Gabrielle Hanlon

Kyle Brooks

Helen Cass

Diane Kelly

Laven Padayachee

Jill Yang

Tuesday 26 October 2021 2.00pm–3.30pm

Epworth Nursing Research Series (Part 4.)

Webinar recording

Emerging Themes in Maternity Care Research

Chairs Ana Hutchinson

Shane Combs

Wednesday 27 October 2021 12.30pm–2.00pm

From Pandemic to Epidemic: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in the Young Epidemiology of ACL injury in Australia

Webinar recording

From Pandemic to Epidemic: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in the Young Epidemiology of ACL injury in Australia, Return to Sport and Reinjury rates in young patients following ACL reconstruction, Risk Factors for reinjury rates following ACL reconstruction, The role of lateral extra-articular tenodesis in reducing reinjury rates following primary ACL reconstruction, Young patients, Old knees: the implication of ACL reconstruction and the risk of osteoarthritis

Brian M Devitt

Julian A Feller

Kate E Webster

Timothy Whitehead

Lachlan Batty

Wednesday 27 October 2021 3.00pm–4.30pm

Centre for Paediatric Allergies at Epworth

Webinar recording

Is gummy shark (flake) safe in children with bony fish allergy; a prospective study?

Dr Joanne Smart

Paulina Alhucema

Thursday 28 October 2021 10.00am–11.00am
Rehabilitation Research – Session 2

Current PhD and Masters projects within EMReM and PRoSpER

Webinar recording

Epworth's Role in the Global Use of the Post Stroke Checklist (John Olver)

Do Randomised Controlled Trials Evaluating Functional Outcomes Following Botulinum Neurotoxin-A Align with Focal Spasticity Guidelines? A Systematic Review (Edwina Sutherland)

What are the elements of upper limb motor therapy the drive neural and clinical change – A systematic review (Matt Wingfield)

Could graded motor imagery therapy reduce pain and improve function after total knee replacement? (Nathan Johns)

John Olver

Edwina Sutherland

Matt Wingfield

Nathan Johns

Gavin Williams

Thursday 28 October 2021 12.30pm–1.30pm

COVID-19 research: latest developments

Webinar recording

Responding to healthcare-associated outbreaks of COVID-19 and airborne infections at Epworth HealthCare

Dr Bettina Clark

Dr Emily Chapple

Dr Catherine Robertson

Dr Brad Gardiner

Dr Mike Richards

Dr Nenad Macesic

Dr Suman Majumdar

Friday 29 October 2021 2.00pm–3.00pm