Emerging Researcher Grants

Announcement of Outcomes!

We are pleased to announce the successful recipients of our inaugural Emerging Researcher Grant round (listed below). We would like to congratulate the investigators and mentors on their hard work and excellent submissions. We received 29 submissions in total and recognise that there were many high-standard projects which were not allocated funding in this round. We thank all applicants for their time and dedication throughout this process, and also thank our review panel who worked diligently to reach an outcome before Christmas! We look forward to announcing further Emerging Researcher Grant rounds in 2021 and beyond.


Robert Beavan & Ben Spedding, South West Healthcare & Barwon Health; Asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD): A community based multidisciplinary early intervention vascular clinic – A feasibility study

Alicia Boyd, St John of God Warrnambool; Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA): Post-Surgical Swelling Assessment- a Feasibility Study utilising Bioimpedence Spectroscopy (BIS)

Jayde Cesarek, Western Victoria PHN; Covid-19 and men’s mental health in western Victoria

Renee Heard, Barwon Health; Implementing a Risk Feeding Policy and Education Program for Multidisciplinary Clinicians Participating in Risk Feeding Practise at Barwon Health

Adelene Hilbig, Barwon Health; Management of possible cervical spine injury in paediatric patients in rural and regional emergency departments in Australia: a retrospective cohort study

Jessica McDonald & Sarah Kelley, Barwon Health; Making the call: Improving timely access to community health physiotherapy services

Suzanne Rayner, Barwon Health; Exploring perception and experience of leadership amongst emergency medicine practitioners

Jake Romein, East Grampians Health Service; A community based modified sport program for rural community dwelling older adults: A pilot study

Judith Russell, Ballarat Health Services; The challenges of breastfeeding a late preterm or early term infant: women’s and clinicians’ perceptions of provision of antenatal information when considering early planned birth

Jessica Seater, Ballarat Health Services; Intra-infusion exercise in the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre Chemotherapy Day Unit – A pilot study

Elouise Simpson, South West Healthcare; Rectus abdominis vs transversus abdominis training in reducing the interrecti distance in early postpartum patients with DRAM: a randomised controlled trial

Hirva Thaker, Western District Health Service; Preventing pathology related errors

Sarah Williams, Ballarat Health Service; The role of relapse prevention plans for mental health consumers in reducing acute inpatient admissions


Applications – CLOSED – another grant round will be announced soon

We are pleased to open applications for our inaugural Emerging Researcher Grants – an initiative aimed at supporting new and emerging researchers based in health settings across western Victoria to design and implement a research project in their local context.

Twelve grants of up to $5,000 each will be available as follows:

  • Ballarat/Grampians: Four grants of up to $5,000 each (available to employees of Ballarat Health Services, East Grampians Health Service, St John of God Ballarat and Western Victoria PHN)
  • Geelong/Colac: Four grants of up to $5,000 each (available to employees of Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, St John of God Geelong and Western Victoria PHN)
  • Hamilton/Warrnambool: Four grants of up to $5,000 each (available to employees of South West Healthcare, St John of God Warrnambool, Western District Health Service and Western Victoria PHN)

Collaboration with our university partners is welcomed, however the applicant (principal investigator) must be an employee at one of the above organisations.

Submissions close at 5pm on November 12th 2020.

Please download the submission guidelines and application form: Western Alliance Emerging Researcher Grants guideline and application form September 2020

We strongly encourage you to contact your local Western Alliance Research Translation Coordinator if you require support to prepare your application. If you have any other questions regarding the grants in general or your eligibility, please contact drewaras@westernalliance.org.au