Research projects

Research projects headline the December showcase | Fairfield Town Champion

Professor Valsamma Eapen said the two-year trial of the Watch Me Grow platform is a game-changer for families. The online program is a world first in monitoring child development and ensures that any concerns can be immediately addressed and families can connect to early intervention programs, especially during the pandemic.

The trial will include 150 families from multicultural backgrounds in Fairfield and 150 families living in rural areas of the Murrumbidgee region.

“The goal is to identify a child’s needs early, before they start kindergarten or school, so that they can receive interventions early before problems get worse. “said Professor Eapen, who heads the BestSTART-SW Academic at the South Western Sydney Local Health District. Unity.

“Parents can use the online platform in GP waiting rooms, playgroups, daycare centers and at home to complete a questionnaire that will help monitor their child’s development. ”

The project is featured in the COVID-19 virtual special edition of the Health beyond research and innovation showcase. Sydney South West Local Health District partnered with the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research to host monthly showcases that covered a range of topics including esophageal cancer, nursing and midwifery and obesity.

In total, eight leading researchers present their work at the showcase seminar in December.

One of the projects is a first Australian study that allows a doctor at a large teaching hospital to treat critically ill patients in intensive care units in rural hospitals.

SWSLHD Clinical Director, Associate Professor of Critical Care Deepak Bhonagiri implemented the virtual model for over 200 critically ill ICU patients at Bowral and District and Goulburn hospitals, with Campbelltown Hospital as host.

“This model of care has never been used in an intensive care unit before. This is important research during the COVID-19 pandemic because it avoids the risk of transmission that can arise when patients are transported between hospitals for their care, ”Associate Professor Bhonagiri said. .

“This means that patients in regional and remote areas have access to the same high-level care provided in the large teaching hospital without having to travel that long distance. They can stay in their area and close to their families and this is important for their well-being and their recovery.

“This virtual care model can be used to support the management of COVID-19 patients in the future and has the potential to shape new models of critical care care. ”

  • To view the showcase or a previous seminar CLICK HERE.