A NSW Government website


Current Projects

Partnerships in Aged-Care Emergency services using Interactive Telehealth (PACE-IT) incorporating telehealth visual assessment, information sharing and decision making for people living in residential aged-care facilities (RACF)

This project aims to reduce unnecessary RACF resident presentations to Emergency Department and hospital admissions, strengthen partnerships and decision making between EDs and RACFs, improve communication and increase the skill and confidence of RACF staff and ensure care is delivered by the right person in the right place, and in a timely manner.

The project builds on the pilot project completed at John Hunter Hospital in 2018.

Team Members:

Ms Carla Sunner, Assoc Prof Michelle Giles, Prof Maralyn Foureur, Dr Carolyn Hullick, Ms Roslyn Barker, Ms Jenny Rutherford, Prof Vicki Parker, Dr Rod Ling, Dr Christopher Oldmeadow, Ms Kathryn Cain, Ms Melissa Jolliffe, Ms Miriam Eaton, Dr Se Ok Ohr, Ms Jean Ball, Ms Sophie Dilworth, Ms Kamana Bantawa

Funding: NSW Health Translational Research Grant Scheme (TRGS) ​$751,000.​
Awards: HNE Health Excellence Awards (2021)

PACE-IT study protocol: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial evaluating the implementation of telehealth visual assessment in  emergency care for people living in residential agedcare facilities, July 2020

COVID-19 preparedness in aged care: A qualitative study exploring residential aged care facility managers experiences planning for a pandemic, December 2020

The HealthTracker Project

Tracking surgical site infection post caesarean section through post hospital discharge surveillance.

This project aims to more accurately identify post Caesarean Section surgical site infection (CS SSI) with improved access to data, establishing a baseline and ongoing monitoring across HNELHD. This in turn will stimulate action from health services aimed at preventing post CS SSI. The proposed "Healthtracker" surveillance system facilitates active patient-reported SSI identification through an automated SMS linking women to an individualised online SSI survey.

Team members: 

Assoc Prof Michelle Giles,  Dr Se Ok Ohr, Ms Sally Munnoch, Ms Mandy Hunter, Mr Jeff Deane, Prof Maralyn Foureur, Assoc Prof John Ferguson, Mr Patrick Cashman, Dr Andrew Woods, Dr Christopher Oldmeadow

Funding: HNELHD Improvement Project Grant $26,378; HMRI Statistical support grant $7,500
Awards: HNE Health Excellence Awards (2021)

What gets measured gets noticed. Tracking surgical site infection post caesarean section through community surveillance: A post intervention study protocol, May 2021

Usability and effectiveness of HealthTracker for surgical site infection surveillance: an intervention study, Journal of Advanced Nursing (Submitted).

Evaluating and Optimising Nursing and Midwifery Research in Practice

The aim of the study is to understand the current Nursing and Midwifery research environment, the skills, resources and opportunities available and the role of nurses and midwives as members of research teams.  The study results will inform the strategic work of the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre and help to determine ways in which nurses and midwives can contribute to LHD-wide transdisciplinary research initiatives.

Team members:

Assoc Prof Michelle Giles, Prof Vicki Parker, Dr Se Ok Ohr, Dr Gena Lieschke, Prof Maralyn Foureur, Ms Evelyn Palominos Letelier, Ms Jean Ball, Ms Kamana Bantawa, Dr Sophie Dilworth

Funding: HMRI’s Clinical Research Design, Information Technology and Statistical Support (CReDITSS): $7,500