Research Translation Coordinators

Over the past five years, Western Alliance has built a research presence across the Western Victorian health landscape, with activities to promote collaboration, build research capacity, and ultimately fund regionally focussed health research. Feedback from Western Alliance health service members has indicated that ‘boots on the ground support’, particularly in smaller health services, is critical to fostering engagement and driving both capacity building and health sector led research. As a result, therefore, it is proposed to appoint three Research Translation Coordinator positions across the western region of Victoria. These roles will be embedded within the health sector, and among other things they will provide technical support for conducting research, assist with identifying and facilitating opportunities for collaboration and grant funding, and develop and deliver research education.

Three positions of 0.6 EFT each will be recruited, with one being located in the Ballarat/Grampians region, one in the South West/Western District and one in the Barwon/Colac region. The roles will specifically aim to build research capacity in rural health settings.

The Ballarat/Grampians and the Barwon/Colac roles have been appointed with interviews recently conducted for the South West/Western District role.

Dr Michael Field, MBBS, BA (Psych), BCom

Newly appointed as the Research Translation Coordinator for the Barwon/Colac region, Michael grew up on the Bellarine Peninsula and studied at Deakin University on Geelong before moving to Adelaide where he attended medical school. Michael worked as a junior doctor in South Australia in both city and country settings then returned to Victoria taking up a position in population health research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Michael’s research experience spans clinical trials, cross-sectional studies and cohorts, and his research interests include childhood allergy and addressing rural health outcome inequalities. He also maintains part-time clinical practice in surgical assisting.

Michael joined Western Alliance in February 2020 and aims to build research capacity in the Barwon/Colac region through supporting clinical and administrative staff at Western Alliance partner sites in the region.

Michael can be contacted via email:

Jaclyn Bishop, B.Pharm (Hons), MPH, PhD (Candidate)

Newly appointed as the Research Translation Coordinator for the Ballarat/Grampians region, Jaclyn is a pharmacist with experience spanning acute healh, education, government and consultancy. She is in the final year of a PhD with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) and Melbourne University. Since commencing her PhD, Jaclyn has published several papers on this topic which have raised the profile of rural health.

Most recently, Jaclyn worked at Ballarat Health Services as the Deputy Director of Pharmacy-Dispensary & Quality Use of Medicines, medication safety and as a project manager with TOPCare Cardiology and presently with CELLLIT.

Jaclyn joined Western Alliance in February 2020 and aims to build research capacity within the Ballarat and Grampians region.

Jaclyn can be contacted via email: or

We encourage you to get in touch with Jaclyn or Michael to discuss how they can support your research and research translation efforts.