Research, Education & Training

September 2020

Western Sydney Diabetes masterclass 2020 series



Do you know someone working in Integrated and Community Health (ICH)?The team at Western Sydney Diabetes is excited to present its Masterclass program for the second time, but this year webcast via Zoom.

The Diabetes in 2020 Masterclass Series will run on Mondays, 7pm -8:30pm from August 31 to November 9.

It is for General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Community Nurses, Dieticians, Podiatrist, Exercise Physiologists, Optometrists, Psychologists and Pharmacists. 

The dynamic, interactive program features 10 themes over 10 weeks delivered by 40 faculty. 

Thanks to our sponsors, if you are unable to attend on a particular night you can view the session later for free if you are registered for the series.

Register now through the myINTERACT app where you can also access other educational resources.

We look forward to coming to your house!



Contact for more information: 

Heloise Tolar

Phone0414 853 200



Submitted by Kiernan Mannix

Free positive psychiatry and mental health course



A team of psychiatrists including WSLH A/Prof Loyola McLean (WSLHD Psychotherapy Educator) have launched a free MOOC designed to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma and to provide strategies to promote positive mental health.

There are 22 hours of resources available at all times which can be viewed or read following a set programme, or pick and choose any resource at any time to suit the learner.

Health professionals and the general public can enroll here.

Contact for more information

Madeleine Culp



Submitted by Madeleine Culp

Fast Track Online Vet programs commencing September



Are you an aspiring manager wanting to further develop your skills? Are you an administration officer interested in developing your health administration skills?

Applications are invited for the following courses:

HLT37315 - Certificate III in Health Administration

BSB42015 - Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

These programs have been designed as a ‘fast track’ program, with workshops delivered virtually through our online learning platform Moodle. Program participation requires commitment to:

  • Attendance at weekly  virtual workshops (2 hours per week)

  • Completion of activities for each unit in Moodle, this will include readings, forums posts and quizzes (weekly up to 1.5 hours)

  • Participation in online chat sessions (weekly)

  • Completion and submission of assessment tasks by due dates (monthly)

  • Participation in group mentoring sessions as required (occasional)



You can find more information on each program, including the program schedule and information here

Places are limited and Expressions of Interest close on Friday 4 September.

Contact for more information

9840 3624 

Sandra Cuneo


Submitted by Sandra Cuneo

Early career researcher grant scheme for medical clinician-researchers



The Westmead Charitable Trust is pleased to announce this competitive research funding scheme for early career, clinician researchers at Westmead Hospital

In 2021, two grants will be offered for one to two years, at up to $120,000 each per year. The grants can support the salary of a Westmead Hospital Early Career medical clinician researcher or a member of his or her research team, but will not support travel costs.

The Grant Scheme will be open to Early Career Medical Clinician Researchers (i.e. up to five years after the award of PhD or last formal research or training degree/diploma [whichever is the latest] not including career disruptions).

Preference will be given to clinically-based research and translational research with clinical application. This includes basic laboratory research linked to clinical care.
More information on these schemes including eligibility and selection criteria and application forms can be found on the REN internal Grants website.

Applications close 5.00pm on Monday 7 September.

Contact for more information

Mark Smith




Submitted by Mark Smith

Research Career Development Grants - Allied Health & Nursing-Midwifery



Allied Health Career Development Grants for 2021-2022
A two-year career development grant for an enrolled PhD or Master’s research candidate in Allied Health
Westmead Charitable Trust is calling for expressions of interest from allied health clinicians, affiliated with Westmead Hospital enrolled in PhD or Research Master’s research degrees. Up to two research grant of up to $50,000 per annum for two years, commencing 2021, are available.

Nursing & Midwifery Career Development Grants for 2021-2022
Westmead Charitable Trust is calling for expressions of interest from Nurses or Midwives, within Western Sydney Local Health District and eligible for, or enrolled in an Honours, Masters or PhD. Up to two research grants of up to $50,000 per annum for up to two years, commencing 2021, are available.

More information on these schemes including eligibility and selection criteria and application forms can be found on the REN internal Grants website.

Applications close 5.00 pm 28 September.


Contact for more information 

Mark Smith



Submitted by Mark Smith

Upcoming Library training in September



Library training sessions can help you access information more quickly whether you are at work or at home. Research expertise supports individual best practice and also ensures clinical programs and procedures are informed by the latest evidence - and all Library sessions are completely free for WSLHD staff and students!

The following WSLHD Library training sessions are all on offer in September:

DEV14044 How to Manage Your References using Endnote
DEV14051 How to Search for Evidence
DEV14055 How to Search for Drug Resources
DEV14056 How to Use CIAP Most Effectively
DEV14058 How to Search for Mental Health Resources

For details see:

All WSLHD Library training sessions are currently being offered virtually via phone or video conference or in small groups observing social distancing.
Scheduled sessions can be booked directly via My Health Learning.
You can also contact your WSLHD Library to arrange tailored individual and group training sessions

Contact for more information 

Judy Reading



Submitted by Mark Smith

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