Welcome Message

Dear [FirstName],

Welcome to another issue of Research Roundup. Let’s start off by congratulating Rachel Foong as winner of the TSANZ, National Asthma Council Australia and Telethon Kids Institute – Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship. A special shout out also to all the special interest group best presentation winners from the TSANZSRS 2021 conference. A fantastic display of research prowess. 

If you are an early- or mid-career research, the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease is offering a two-week Implementation Science School providing training to implement research findings into policy and practice, select and apply theories, models, and frameworks, and create a professional network for future collaborations. It will be led by some of the field’s most prominent global experts with 40 participants selected to participate.

We have several funding opportunities available, including the Vertex CF Circle of Care, Vertex CF Research Innovation Awards and Vertex Innovation Awards, all due to close on the 17th of September. 

The Australasian Severe Asthma Registry Annual Report for 2020 is now available, and there are many great reads through the limbic, highlighted Respirology Editor’s Choice articles and the Respiratory Research Review.

Some of our TSANZ colleagues are looking for people willing to donate a very small amount of time to help out with some research surveys and interviews, including topics of frailty and pulmonary rehabilitation, how to harness research for better health, attitudes and practice to improve adherence to smoking cessation medications, lung cancer care and GPs who are managing patients with acute COPD exacerbations. 

In closing, poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. So let’s get planning. Good luck and happy researching.

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

TSANZSRS21 Awards

 

TSANZ would like to congratulate Rachel Foong as the winner of the 2021 TSANZ, National Asthma Council Australia and Telethon Kids Institute - Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship.

TSANZ would also like to congratulate the following TSANZSRS21 SIG Award winners.

Supported by TSANZ

Cell, Immunology and Molecular Biology of the Lung: Denby Evans

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Juliet Wang

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Simone De Luca

Interventional Pulmonology/Bronchoscopy: Anna Ridgers

Lung Cancer: Nikita Patel

Nutrition: Heather Stephenson

Occupational & Environmental Lung Disease/Population Health: Vidya Navaratnam

Orphan Lung Diseases, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Vasuclar Disease: Catherine Hill

Paediatric: Carla Rebeca Da Silva

Physiotherapy: Narelle Cox

Primary Care: Anthony Flynn

Symptom Support & Palliative Care: Christopher Chew

Best TSANZ Poster: Phoebe Waters

Supported by Asthma Australia

Asthma & Allergy: Lisa Jurak

Asthma & Allergy: Bronwyn Berthon

Evidence-Based Medicine & Practice: Louise Hansell

Supported by Lung Foundation Australia

Pulmonary Physiology & Sleep: Elizabeth Smith

Respiratory Infectious Diseases: Jemma Mayall

Supported by Cystic Fibrosis Australia

Cystic Fibrosis: Fiona Qiu

Open Awards

Lung Foundation Australia Awards

Lung Foundation Australia - Better Breathing Foundation PhD Scholarship in Chronic Lung Disease – closes 17 December 2021

        

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

External Opportunities

GACD Implementation Science School 2021 – closing 30 September 2021

Vertex CF Circle of Care – closing 17 September 2021

Vertex CF Research Innovation Awards – letter of intent due 17 September 2021, full proposal due 17 November 2021

Vertex Innovation Awards – closing 17 September 2021

Australasian Severe Asthma Registry (ASAR) Annual Report 2020

TSANZ is excited to share the ASAR 2020 Annual Report with you!

While 2020 presented many challenges, we are very pleased to celebrate the achievements of the ASAR. The continued collaboration between TSANZ and the Australasian Severe Asthma Network saw many milestones reached in 2020 including local expansion and becoming a key contributor to the global understanding of severe asthma.

To view the ASAR 2020 Annual Report, please click here

 

Respirology - Editor's Choice

 

Respirology Issue 26.8 August 2021

Chronic bronchial infection and incident cardiovascular events in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: A long-term observational study

Miguel Ángel Martinez-Garcia, Rosa Faner, Grace Oscullo, David la Rosa-Carrillo, Juan Jose Soler-Cataluña, Marta Ballester, Alfonso Muriel, Alvar Agusti

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14086

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respirology Issue 26.9 September 2021

COVID-19: Histopathological correlates of imaging patterns on chest computed tomography

Azar Kianzad, Lilian J. Meijboom, Esther J. Nossent, Eva Roos, Bernadette Schurink, Peter I. Bonta, Inge A. H. van den Berk, Rieneke Britstra, Jaap Stoker, Anton Vonk Noordegraaf, Paul van der Valk, Erik Thunnissen, Marianna Bugiani, Harm Jan Bogaard, Teodora Radonic

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14101

Surveys and Research

FRAILTY IN PULMONARY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS: AN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND SURVEY

Investigators from Monash university are interested to hear from multidisciplinary healthcare professionals who work in pulmonary rehabilitation programs in Australia or New Zealand for a project exploring current practice and clinicians’ perspectives regarding the assessment and management of frailty in people with chronic lung disease.

If you have experience in the assessment and/or delivery of such programmes during the prior 24 months, we would greatly appreciate your time to participate in the short online survey. Full information is provided in the explanatory statement, accessible at the start of the survey. 

The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE or via scanning the QR code below.

The survey has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC ref. 27053). If you have any queries, please contact Dr Christian Osadnik (Principal investigator) at christian.osadnik@monash.edu, on behalf of Anita Stieglbauer (MPhil candidate) and Dr. Sze-Ee Soh (co-investigator).

 

HAVE YOUR SAY: HARNESSING RESEARCH FOR BETTER HEALTH

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences is investigating how to improve healthcare in Australia by better integration of research into the healthcare system.

Harnessing research for better health: A vision for integrating research into healthcare will examine how research is conducted and used in the Australian healthcare system, identifying barriers and recommending solutions with the ultimate aim of improving patient care and outcomes.

Working group chair Professor Christina Mitchell said there had been significant work in this area previously, including the 2013 McKeon Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.

“We know that research in healthcare is really important, there is plenty of evidence to support this,” she said.

“Research gives us the latest evidence for best practise and improves health equity, leading to better patient outcomes.

“This project will look at the current research and healthcare landscape, determining what’s working well, but also where research can be better integrated so that patients can benefit from the latest findings as soon as possible.”

Professor Mitchell said improving the way research is integrated in healthcare would mean better care and outcomes for patients.

“We’re calling on the health and medical sector – everyone from service providers, to patients, to researchers – to contribute to the Academy’s project by sharing their experiences,” she said.

“With your help, we hope to identify the roadblocks that slow medical research in healthcare, and work on solutions to benefit all Australians.

“There are many ways to contribute: you can complete an online survey, take part in one of our roundtables, or make a written submission to tell us about your experiences.”

Academy President Professor Ingrid Scheffer said Harnessing research for better health is the first major project for the Academy since it formed in 2014.

“The Academy was recently recognised as Australia’s fifth and newest Learned Academy, acknowledging the important role we have in advising government and the public about matters pertaining to health and medical science,” she said.

“This is a fitting first major project for the Academy: our diverse and independent Fellowship brings a broad range of perspectives, backed by expert knowledge and networks to implement change.”

Learn more about the project on our website.

You can complete the survey or find other ways to contribute at our call-for-evidence hub. Survey closes 28 September.

Media: AAHMS Communication Manager Katie Rowney, katie.rowney@aahms.org or 0419 797 511.

 

ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TOWARDS IMPROVING ADHERENCE TO SMOKING CESSATION MEDICATIONS

We recently conducted a systematic review that showed that only one in four smokers use NRT as instructed by the health professionals.  

We are conducting a 10-minute online survey among to identify the factors from the health professionals’ perspective.  

The study is approved by the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval H-2020-0334.   

Participants will enter a draw to award 4 individuals with $300 gift vouchers each. 

The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.

We appreciate the support.

Amanual Getnet Mersha
School of Medicine and Public Health
The University of Newcastle
AmanualGetnet.Mersha@uon.edu.au

 

SURVEY OF LUNG CANCER CARE IN AUSTRALIA

We would be grateful please for less than 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey which is designed to provide a snapshot of the current status of lung cancer care and MDTs around Australia.

  • These data will help inform vital services planning for lung cancer care and will directly inform ongoing discussions with Government about lung cancer care across Australia.
  • We are only asking for one response from each institution, we suggest it is the lead clinician for the lung cancer MDT.
  • Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0031). 

Please follow the link to the Australian-wide Survey of Lung Cancer Care, or use the QR code below.  

Thank you for your time.  

Prof Fraser Brims 
Curtin Medical School 
fraser.brims@curtin.edu.au 

GP PARTICIPATION REQUIRED

Investigators from Monash University are conducting a RACGP-funded national survey of GPs regarding the management of patients with acute exacerbations of COPD.

Acute exacerbations of COPD are a leading cause of hospitalisation, with a substantial proportion of cases being potentially preventable. We are seeking GPs to complete a short survey that aims to better understand current practice and unmet needs in order to optimise care for these patients. Due to the current COVID-19 vaccination rollout across Australia, it is very challenging to secure participation. Any assistance to distribute this among your contacts is greatly appreciated.

All eligible participants who complete the survey will have the chance to win one of two $250 gift vouchers, and anyone who completes an optional follow-up qualitative interview will receive a $250 gift voucher.   

The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.

The survey has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC ref. 26571). If you have any queries, please contact Dr Bianca Perera at bianca.perera@monash.edu, Dr. Chris Barton at chris.barton@monash.edu or Dr Christian Osadnik (Principal investigator) at christian.osadnik@monash.edu.

 

TOP 10 RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS

A recent research study as part of the NHMRC’s Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis grant aimed to identify the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis (PF) according to people living with pulmonary fibrosis, caregivers, health professionals and researchers.

This study has now been completed and below is a summary of the findings from this work.

The top 3 priorities rank by people with PF and caregivers were:

  1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
  2. What medications can improve lung function in people with PF?
  3. What are the causes of PF?

The top 3 priorities rank by people with healthcare professionals/researchers were:

  1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
  2. How can we prevent PF?
  3. What are the causes of PF?

The findings from this study have been published in a peer-reviewed journal and will help guide future research directions.

 (click on the link to view the paper-- https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215731)

The Study team extends their thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in the study for their time and valuable contribution to this work.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Holland
Professor of Physiotherapy (Research), Monash University (anne.holland@monash.edu)

TBPod

The TBPod are podcasts designed for clinicians and policymakers with an interest tuberculosis. These podcasts consist of conversations with expert clinicians, researchers, policy makers and advocates about their work in the field of tuberculosis. The TBPod is prepared by ACTnet and the TB Forum and can be found on ITunes, Spotify, and the ACTnet Website.

 

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Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

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With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
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For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
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