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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 2022 will be run as a program of online and in-person presentations throughout the month of October. By joining our seminars, you will gain an insight into the research being conducted at Epworth. This year, our program consists of a poster presentation event and 28 webinars from over 50 Epworth researchers across a diverse range of disciplines including cancer, mental health, health informatics, nursing, musculoskeletal surgery, rehabilitation medicine, and traumatic brain injury.

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 2022

Title and Webinar link Details Presenters Date Time 

Epworth Research Month 2022 Launch Event

Webinar recording

Official launch of Epworth Research Month 2022, followed by an overview of medical oncology clinical trials, endometriosis research, and nursing research at Epworth HealthCare.

Dr Lachlan Henderson, A/Prof Luis Prado, Prof Ingrid Winship, Dr Sarah Carson, Dr Ross Jennens and Prof Ana Hutchinson

Monday, 3 October 2022 12.30–1.30pm

Advancing Women in Health Leadership - Organisational approaches

Webinar recording

Defining Epworth’s strategic priorities for gender equality and career progression of women in healthcare.

Dr Sidney Chandrasiri, A/Prof Jacqueline Boyle, Prof Helena Teede and Mariam Mousa

Tuesday, 4 October 2022 9.30–10.30am

Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation Concussion Clinic

Webinar recording

Presentations from the multidisciplinary team within Epworth's Rehabilitation Concussion Clinic. This session will provide an overview of concussion and its management including recent findings from the Concussion Database.

Prof John Olver, Rose Acher, Megan Hamilton, Harvey Jones, and Stephanie Jones

Tuesday, 4 October 2022 1.00–2.00pm

Reflective Practice Outcomes with Creative Writing

Webinar recording

Traditional models of reflective practice have been both challenged and complemented. This presentation looks at the benefits arising from the implementation of an original and inventive approach to reflection, the paper that resulted from the research and the future path of the research.

Mr David McLean and A/Prof Martin Richardson

Wednesday, 5 October 2022 9.00–9.30am

Nursing Symposium 1: Developing the Workforce of the Future

Webinar recording

Phillipa Power– Nurse/Midwife Unit Managers Priorities and Preferences for staff recruitment

Annika Zinkel and Chelsea Rogers - Experiences of new graduate nurses transitioning into practice in 2022

Michael Browning and Kate Hetherington – Experienced clinical nurses’ priorities and preferences for career development

Suzie Hooper and Glen Mangelsdorf-Collett – Evaluation of the accelerated introduction to Mental Health Nursing Practice program 

Emily Chapple and Sheila Daly – Development and Capacity Building to support excellence in Infection Prevention and Control best practice at Epworth HealthCare

Phillipa Power, Annika Zinkel, Chelsea Rogers,  Michael Browning, Kate Hetherington,  Suzie Hooper, Glen Mangelsdorf-Collett, Emily Chapple, and Sheila Daly

Wednesday, 5 October 2022 1.00–3.00pm

Data Acquisition for Research in a Private Practice Setting

Webinar recording

This symposium will highlight the benefits of routine collection of outcomes data in private practice. In addition, it will address the challenges and potential pitfalls, as well as look to future approaches.

Prof Kate Webster – How we started and what we have learned

Haydn Klemm - What it’s like at the coal face
Dr Lachlan Batty – The value of large-scale routine data collection:

Jodie McClelland – Does age make a difference?

Dr Soong Chua – Working with industry – a different paradigm 

Dr Brian Devitt – The role of apps in data collection

Dr Julia Kirby – The limitations of our data and how we could improve this in the future

Prof Julian Feller, Prof Kate Webster, Haydn Klemm, Dr Lachlan Batty, Jodie McClelland, Dr Soong Chua, Dr Brian Devitt and Dr Julia Kirby

Wednesday, 5 October 2022 3.30 - 4.30pm

Bayes Nets: What are they and how can they help us?

Webinar recording

This presentation will explore Bayes Nets - a diagrammatic technique that can help uncover, and illustrate, associations between potential risk factors and outcomes.

A/Prof Dean McKenzie

Thursday, 6 October 2022 10.00–  10.30am

Rehabilitation research: Session 1

Webinar recording

Current PhD/Masters students within EMReM and the PRoSpER Research Units will present on recent findings from their projects.

Prof John Olver, Dr Gavin Williams and Bianca Fedele

Thursday, 6 October 2022 12.00–1.00pm

Digital Twins/ How Digital Health can assist in the ED/ Responsible Digital Health Solutions

Webinar recording

We are currently witnessing rapid advances in analytics. This in turn gives us the unprecedented opportunity to investigate how we might best adopt and adapt these advances into relevant healthcare contexts to support superior decision making. This session examines this in the context of Digital Twins and presents two use cases in the domains of oncology and dementia respectively as well as proffering a suitable model.

Prof Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Dr Stephen Vaughan and Adjunct Prof John Zelcer

Friday, 7 October 2022 2.00–3.00pm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) digital triage system: A socio-technical response to provide better patient triage in response to increasing demand in the Epworth Richmond Emergency Department

Webinar recording

This project aims to develop an AI assisted Digital Triage system to help with patient flow in the ED at Epworth Richmond.

Jeremy Poon

Friday, 7 October 2022 3.00–  3.30pm

A Showcase of Interesting Urogynaecologic Surgical Videos 

This session entails presentations of a suite of unique surgical videos of urogynaecological procedures. Some videos are case reportable due to their uniqueness while others demonstrate mesh-free surgery and the management of mesh-related complications.

Presentations include:

Dr Chelsea Glennon – Complete removal of a transobturator tape midurethral sling

Dr Rebecca Shaya – Expanded autologous fascia lata anterior vaginal repair and sacrospinous fixation

Mr Richard Song – Complete removal of a mid-urethral single-incision sling

Dr Sophie Chapman – Total removal of a perforated ‘three-headed’ retropubic mid-urethral sling

Dr Stephanie Khaw – Expanded autologous fascia lata in robotic-assisted sacrohysteropexy

Mr Vincent Fu – Total sacrocolpopexy mesh removal for pyogenic spondylodiscitis

Dr Fei Bing – Autologous fascia lata pubovaginal sling

Dr Sudi Jeyarajakumar – Minimally invasive repair of a post caesarean vesicouterine fistula

Dr Chelsea Glennon, Dr Rebecca Shaya, Mr Richard Song, Dr Sophie Chapman, Dr Stephanie Khaw, Mr Vincent Fu, Dr Fei Bing and Dr Sudi Jeyarajakumar

Monday, 10 October 2022 11.00am– 12.00pm

Robotic TKR and biometric rehabilitation programs/The use of Smart watches for monitoring rehabilitation

Webinar recording

Mr Cam Fary – Robotic TKR and biometric rehabilitation programs

This presentation explores the integration of intra-operative robotic TKR surgery with Cloud based pre-rehabilitation and rehabilitation Apps that monitor patient biomechanics using a SmartPhone/Watch to optimise patient outcomes in real time.

Mr Dirk van Bavel – The use of Smart watches for monitoring rehabilitation

Exploring home based, patient centred research - recording functional abilities using a simple smart watch.

Mr Cam Fary and Mr Dirk van Bavel

Monday, 10 October 2022 12.30–1.30pm
Innovations in rehabilitation during early recovery after traumatic brain injury

Webinar recording

Presentations include:

Prof Jennie Ponsford -  International guidelines for the management of post traumatic amnesia - INCOG 2.0

Prof Jennie Ponsford, Dr Adam McKay, Dr Jessica Trevena-Peters, Sarah Carrier and Ruby Phyland

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 10.00am– 12.00pm

Shared Medical Appointments: an innovative model of healthcare delivery

Webinar recording

Shared Medical Appointments are a person-centred multidisciplinary model of healthcare delivery that is effective, efficient, engaging and empowering. SMAs are ideally suited to the management of chronic disease with an emphasis on health literacy and self-management. Furthermore, SMAs are highly regarded by providers countering many of the factors contributing to burnout. 

Dr Michael Axtens and Prof Karen Dwyer

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 1.00– 1.30pm

Nursing Symposium 2: Showcasing Nursing and Midwifery Leaders in Advanced Practice at Epworth HealthCare

Webinar recording

Presentations from Nurse Practitioner candidates and Nurse Consultants across Epworth. 

Leslie Bell – Haematology Oncology

Sarah Morrison – Breast Care 

Julia Segal – Inpatient Psychiatry liaison 

David Gray – Urology 

Felicity Ruckman – Stomal Therapy

Stacey Goad & Jane Willcox –  Health professional views on antenatal and post - birth education 

Michael Hardie – ED Nurse Practitioner role Geelong

Leslie Bell, Sarah Morrison, Julia Segal, David Gray, Felicity Ruckman, Michael Hardie, Stacey Goad and Dr Jane Willcox

Wednesday, 12 October 2022


Prostate Evening Symposium 

Updates on current clinical research conducted by the EJ Whitten Prostate Cancer Centre at Epworth will be provided, including a showcase of current urology and prostate research. 

Presentations include:

Isabella Williams – Modern Paradigms for Prostate Cancer Detection and Management

Isabella Williams; Speakers TBC

Wednesday, 12 October 2022


Variation in Patient Data: How to measure it, how much is too much?

Webinar recording

Patients and hence their data are unique and therefore some variability is to be expected. At what point, taking context into account, should we be concerned that the variability is a cause for concern?

A/Prof Dean McKenzie

Thursday, 13 October 2022

10.00– 10.30am

Rehabilitation research: Session 2

Webinar recording

Current PhD/Masters students within the EMReM and PRoSpER Research Units will present on recent findings from their projects.

Prof John Olver, Prof Gavin Williams and Bianca Fedele

Thursday, 13 October 2022 12.00–1.00pm

What is the potential for PBS+PLUS implementation in Epworth community rehabilitation settings?: A clinician trainee's perspective

Webinar recording

It has recently been demonstrated in a RCT that a model of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS+PLUS) is effective in: reducing the occurrence of challenging behaviour among individuals who have sustained brain injury, and fostering increased confidence among clients’ natural supports to respond to these behaviours. An Epworth clinician reflects on her experience in engaging in this training, the framework’s relevance in our Epworth context, and thoughts regarding ongoing directions this translational work can take within our community brain injury rehabilitation setting.

Dr Lisa Johnston and Dr Kate Gould

Monday, 17 October 2022 12.00–  12.30pm

The Endometriosis Longitudinal Fertility Study (ELFS) – App  technology in gynaecology research

Webinar recording

Mobile app technology offers an exciting new option for longitudinal research data collection. App technology is readily available, intuitive and highly acceptable to research participants. The study investigators will discuss App technology in gynaecology research, and the experience gained thus far with the ELFS App.

Dr Samantha Mooney and Dr Vanessa Ross

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 11.30–12.00pm

The Protective Effect of Maternal Immunisation on Preterm Birth: Underlying Mechanisms and Role in Newborn Immune Function 

Prof Michelle Giles is an infectious diseases physician who specialises in infections in pregnancy and maternal immunisation. Her clinical research focus is on blood borne viruses in pregnancy such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. She also leads a number of projects on maternal immunisation.

Prof Michelle Giles

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 12.00–12.30pm

Engaging consumers in Research – an overview of Epworth's Consumer Advisor program and supports

Webinar recording

By attending this webinar you will gain a greater understanding of the Epworth Partnering with Consumers Strategy from a research perspective and best practice approaches currently being implemented.

Gary Layton, Lauren Lawlor, Claire Henry and Julie Treloar

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 1.00–2.00pm

Poster Presentation Event 

Epworth Research Highlights 2022.

In-person event – Ground Floor, Hoddle Street Building.

Selected speakers

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 5.00–7.00pm

Creating, Capturing and Communicating Research Impact 

For those unable to attend the Creating, Capturing and Communicating research impact workshop on October 21st, Dr Heiden will discuss research impact, explain how it fits in with the Australian research context and what researchers can do to create impact.

Dr Tamika Heiden 

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 12.00–1.00pm

Nursing Symposium 3: Innovation in acute care practice

Webinar recording

Tess Vawser and Christine Jackman – Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Simulation to promote team work and communication between pre-registration medical and nursing students

Jill Yang – introduction to the ICU Nurse Liaison role

Diana Lee & Jess Edney – Use of wearable technology to detect acute cardiac arrhythmias in acute and ambulatory care

Penny Dempster – Impact of the COVID19 pandemic and PPE use on staff well-being and provision of patient centred care

Lizet Kritzinger and Fiona Wong – An Allied Health Prehabilitation program to support Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation

Tess Vawser, Christine Jackman, Jill Yang, Jess Edney, Diana Lee, Penny Dempster, Lizet Kritzinger and Fiona Wong 

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 1.00–3.00pm

Epworth Centre for Immunotherapies and Snowdome Laboratories CAR-T Research - past learnings and future capacities

Webinar recording

The vision of the Epworth Centre for Immunotherapies and Snowdome Laboratories is to be a centre for excellence in blood cancer patient treatment and care. Its mission is to deliver better outcomes for blood cancer patients, through provision of the very best care, access to innovative personalised treatment options and clinical trials, and leading clinical research and academic programs.

Dr Sam Fiorenza Dr Costas Yannakou and Dr Nicole Brooks

Thursday, 20 October 2022 11.00am– 12.00pm

Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre – viewing pancreatic cancer through a wider lens

Webinar recording

This session will share the breadth of research being conducted at Epworth HealthCare in pancreatic cancer and pancreatic disease, with particular focus on the growing portfolio of research into personalised and supportive therapies.

Presentations include:
A/Prof Andrew Metz, Jo-Anne Crowther, and Caroline Le – Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre Overview

Mr Luke Bradshaw – Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (IPMN) database – A Tool to Predict Pancreatic Cancer 

Prof John Zalcberg – Optimising Nutrition in Pancreatic Cancer: Examining PERT Implementation in Australia study

Mr Dan Croagh – The endoscopic Ultrasound Molecular Evaluation of Pancreatic Cancer Trial

Carmel Zoanetti – Evaluation of a pilot Epworth Richmond Pre-operative Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Dietetic clinic

A/Prof Andrew Metz, Dr Caroline Le, Jo-Anne Crowther, Carmel Zoanetti, Mr Dan Croagh, Prof John Zalcberg and Mr Luke Bradshaw

Monday, 24 October 2022 12.30–2.15pm
Snippets of ER-ICU Research

Webinar recording

Dr Diane Kelly – High stakes decision making in ICU

Ms Laurie Saffer – Communication regarding patient goals of care in ICU.

A/Prof Kyle Brooks – Competency assessment in cardiac ultrasound; how much is enough?

Ms Danielle Macpherson – Factors influencing sedation management in ICU

Dr Diane Kelly, Laurie Saffer, Dr Kyle Brooks, and Danielle Macpherson

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 2.00–3.00pm

Epworth Rehabilitation & Mental Health Services: Exploring unique pathways for delivering specialist rehabilitation and mental health care

Webinar recording

Amy Kaplan – Development and Implementation of the Eating Disorders Pathway 

Dr Jane Willcox – Embedding an eating disorder care pathway in general mental health - health professional views

Julia Segal – The impact of the inpatient psychiatry nurse liaison service on patient outcomes. Experience over the first two years.

Kim Miles – Evaluation of the use of Falls and Teach-Back to decrease inpatient falls in subacute care

Jeremy Buckmaster and Laura Papaioannou – Development of a Hybrid Model for delivery of Rehabilitation in the Home following joint arthroplasty surgery (Overview of the project and results of the retrospective audit phase 1).

Glynis Cacavas and Jo Kevill – Evaluation of the impact of a nurse-led multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for individuals living with chronic heart failure

Amy Kaplan, Dr Jane Willcox, Julia Segal, Kim Miles, Jeremy Buckmaster, Laura Papaioannou, Glynis Cacavas and Jo Kevill

Wednesday, 26 October 2022  1.00–3.00pm