Current research

A significant number of research projects are underway across all North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) sites and services, as part of our commitment to research and innovation that translates into evidence-based practices and excellent patient outcomes.

The below list provides a snapshot of our research projects and demonstrates the broad range of research conducted across our health service, including basic science, public health research and clinical research, all of which aims to improve the treatment of our patients and the effectiveness of our services.


Protective Vaccine Responses in Infants after Maternal Pertussis Vaccination
Peter Richmond, Women and Newborn Services, Osborne Park Hospital (OPH)

Effects of high intensity interval training on exercise capacity in people with cystic fibrosis: a randomised controlled trial
Abbey Sawyer, Physiotherapy, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Modified forced expiration technique using expiratory resistance in adults with cystic fibrosis
Kathryn Watson, Allied Health, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Severe antibiotic anaphylaxisstudy
Michaela Lucas, Immunology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

The role of executive function in discourse production and health related quality of life in aphasia.
Sarah Wynn, Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Osborne Park Hospital

The extent to which a professional development program cansupport caring nursing practice in Western Australia hospitals.
Tonia Naylor, Centre for Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Examining the relationship between self-awareness and its impact on functional and cognitive outcomes in post stroke patients: A Pilot Study
Toni Heinemann, Occupational Therapy, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Driving performance and self-regulation practices in drivers with mild dementia
Lynn Meuleners, Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Osborne Park Hospital

Liver Progenitor Cell Changes in the Pathogenesis of Primary Liver Malignancy
Leon Adams, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Diabetic foot INfection LonGitudinal Outcome study (DINGO)
Edward Raby, Infectious Diseases, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

The Australian Team Approach to Polypharmacy Evaluation and Reduction (AusTAPER) study for older hospital inpatients.
Christopher Etherton-Beer, Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Osborne Park Hospital

Fighting Fit: A randomised controlled trial of a structured supervised exercise intervention during treatment for cancer in adolescents and young adults in Western Australia.
Claire Munsie, WA Youth Cancer Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital 

Energy expenditure during cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbationsand barriers to achieving nutrition related outcomes
Jordan Henderson, Nutrition and Dietetics, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Steroid Therapy and Outcome of Parapneumonic Pleural Effusions (STOPPE)
Gary Lee, Respiratory Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital 

The impact of an onsitetoxicology service on ICU and medical length of stay in critically ill toxicology patients admitted to tertiary hospitals
Julia George, Emergency Department, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Understanding Patients’ Perspectives of the Experience of Receiving Diagnosis, Treatment for Sarcoma and the Role of a Sarcoma Cancer Nurse Consultant
Georgia Halkett, Orthopaedics, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Establishing the prevalence and burden of healthcare associated infections in Australian hospitals
Philip Russo, Corporate Nursing, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

The Impact of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training on Swallow Function in Motor Neurone Disease
Brittany Vogels, Speech Pathology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Bridging the GAPP between the laboratory and clinic to prevent Gastric Adenocarcinomaand Proximal Polyposis of the Stomach (GAPPS)
Daniel Worthley, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Exploring consumer understanding of prescription medication directions for use: barriers and enablers.
Andrew Campbell, Pharmacy, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Australian Orthopaedic Association National JointReplacement Registry (AOANJRR) Patient ReportedOutcome Measures (AOA PROMs) Pilot Project
Stephen Graves, Orthopaedics, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Nurses’ Descriptions and Practices of Family Engagement in Intensive Care Settings:An International, Multisite Qualitative-Descriptive Study
Amanda Towell-Barnard, Centre for Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Stroke Peer Support Program at a Community Hospital
Rosemary Saunders, Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Osborne Park Hospital

Total knee arthroplasty with comparison of inset versus onlay patella replacement: investigation of anterior knee pain and function.
Jay Ebert, Surgical Services, Osborne Park Hospital

Aneurysm treatment using the Aptus Heli-FX endoanchor system global registry (ANCHOR)
Anthony Freeman, Heart Research Institutem, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Last Updated: 24/03/2021