Past seminars

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All seminars are recorded and made available online a week after the live seminar. 

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The aim of the 20 plus seminars produced by the CAHS Research Education Program is for each to provide a one hour overview of a large topic representing a part of the research process. Seminars are designed to be practical, and suitable for staff and students of any clinical discipline. The one hour format is specifically to assist busy clinical staff to access condensed information. Because of this, in addition to the recording, accompanying handouts contain not just the PowerPoint slides, but also extra information and resources such as useful websites, readings, references, and further training opportunities where available. 

Access seminar resources and recordings here  - over 20 seminars are delivered each year!   

Seminars are listed in chronological order. 

Rapid Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature: Oct 2020

Given the sheer volume and variable quality of published papers even in high impact journals, it is essential to have skills to target and rapidly appraise relevant literature to answer current clinical questions. This seminar provides simple strategies to help focus your reading, examine validity of results, and decide whether to accept and apply them in your setting.

Involving Aboriginal People in Research: Sep 2020

This seminar provides an overview of important considerations for engaging Indigenous people in research, including understanding cultural differences, ethical considerations, and the importance of community consultation.

Conducting Systematic Reviews: Sep 2020

Systematic reviews play an important role in health research. They provide a high level summary of studies and can inform policy and practice relevant to a particular area of inquiry. Understanding review methodologies is useful for those who wish to undertake a systematic review, or just read one. This seminar provides an overview of several types of reviews, along with simple strategies to focus a review and support review methodology. 

Media and Communications in Research: Aug 2020

Knowledge translation is a critical responsibility for all researchers, and understanding how to work with the media is essential.  Whether it’s the newspaper, TV, radio, or social media, this seminar will provide practical techniques on working with the media and ensuring your bottom line is delivered in an engaging, accurate, and responsible way.

Oral Presentation of Research Results: Aug 2020

Effective presentation of research results is a key component of research translation, a moral responsibility to undertake for your research participants, funders and institution, and an opportunity to get important feedback. This seminar includes a range of tips on choosing and organising materials, delivery styles and techniques, preparing for questions, gaining confidence, and how to run a session effectively. 

Data Collection and Management: Jul 2020

This seminar provides practical strategies for data base design and development, data coding, entry, validation, cleaning and storage.  It also covers researcher responsibilities and planning issues related to data management.

Consumer and Community Involvement: Jun 2020

Every researcher should be actively involving consumer or community members to improve quality and increase impact of their research. Community involvement is increasingly a requirement for funding agencies. This seminar provides a practical introduction and will cover basic principles of consumer and community involvement, the benefits and barriers, and what to put in place to get started.

Actions Required for Research Protocols and Analysis Plans due to COVID-19: Jun 2020

This seminar covers the common problems investigators face during the pandemic, suggests how solutions can be documented, and proposes statistical solutions to minimise bias. 

Introductory Biostatistics: Jun 2020

This seminar covers fundamental statistical concepts for clinical researchers, including why we use significance testing, how to interpret confidence intervals and p-values, how sample size and variability affect results, why bias and confounding factors are important considerations in designing studies, and when to seek statistical support.

Coordination of COVID-19 Research in WA: May 2020

This seminar covers COVID-19 research activities and their coordination in WA, including WAHTN's role in funding, coordination and prioritisation. 

Introduction to Adaptive Trials Methodology: May 2020

Compared with traditional fixed design clinical trials, adaptive clinical trials have a flexible design that uses accumulating results to make changes to the trial design as it is continues, according to pre-specified rules.  This introduces a number of potential advantages including efficiency. This seminar provides an overview of adaptive trials – what they are and why we should consider using them, basic methodology including platform trials and the use of Bayesian statistical methods.

Building your Personal Brand as a Researcher: Mar 2020

As a researcher, it is difficult to reach the public and broadcast your work. Building and maintaining your “brand” will help set you apart. This seminar provides the tools to connect with other researchers, build your network, and in the long run, effectively translate your research to a wider audience.  

Scientific Writing: Mar 2020

Writing is the most used channel for communication of ideas, research, and findings. Being able to have quality and effective scientific writing is a fundamental part of successful research translation. This seminar provides a practical overview of scientific writing; including principles of good writing, how to get started, article structure and organisation, how to negotiate authorship, and the publication process.

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice: Mar 2020

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) provides the ethical and scientific standards and guidelines by which all research is conducted, and is a requirement for all researchers to know and apply.  This seminar covers key components of GCP including responsibilities, approvals, informed consent, document and data management, and reporting of adverse effects. 

Research Governance: Feb 2020 

All new research project applications must cover requirements for both ethics and governance.  This seminar focuses on the general principles and responsibilities related to research governance, and provides practical tips for preparation of governance applications. It also covers recent changes to state and national governance frameworks and implications for researchers.

Research Fundamentals - Question and Protocol Development: Feb 2020

Research Fundamentals provides a practical introduction to research and examines why we do research, and the steps in the research process. This seminar includes how to decide whether an idea is worth pursuing, through to putting together a quality protocol, and also covers your responsibilities as a researcher.

Grant Applications: Nov 2019

This seminar covers where and how to find grant opportunities and strategies for putting together a high quality grant application. It also focuses on understanding the grant review process, and how to submit and respond to reviewer comments.

Qualitative Research Methods: Nov 2019

The use of qualitative research methods is becoming more popular in health either as the primary research method or as part of a mixed methods approach to investigating a health issue.
This seminar covers the benefits of using qualitative research; some of the myths associated with the use of qualitative research; the types of qualitative methods; how data is collected and analysed; and, how the research prepares to use qualitative research to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Ethics Processes: Nov 2019

This seminar reiterates ethical principles and focuses on understanding ethics processes for clinical research and responsibilities for researchers.  It provides practical and up-to-date guidance for completing quality ethics applications. 

Statistical Tips for Interpreting Scientific Claims: Oct 2019

To accompany the Rapid Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature seminar, this seminar tackles critical appraisal from a statistical literacy point of view based on the 2013 Nature paper by Sutherland et al.  It uses examples from the medical literature to “help non-scientists interrogate advisers and grasp the limitations of evidence” and will indicate when it is time to consult the statisticians. These tips are highly relevant for those looking for a refresher in statistical literacy or struggling to understand the seemingly unlimited sources of bias and confounding

Sample Size Calculations: Aug 2019

This seminar provides an overview of how to perform sample size calculations for different research study designs and demonstrates how to use free "PS" software. It also covers issues specific to clinical trials and assists researchers to identify situations where the best course of action is to consult a statistician.

Getting the Most of Research Supervision - for Student and Supervisors: May 2019

This seminar covers the importance of understanding the rights and responsibilities of both supervisors and supervisees doing research, whether for a formal degree or a small project, and how to get the best out of both roles.  It also provides practical tips related to the selection of suitable research projects, supervision frequency and time allocation, different supervision styles, remote supervision and working with multiple supervisors.

Making Clinical Research Ethical by Design: Apr 2019

Ethics in research is often perceived as a bureaucratic hurdler to be struggled over. This seminar will instead cover how to embrace ethics as a powerful tool that can ensure research is relevant and will meet its end point. This seminar will empower researchers to fulfil their obligations more easily, ensuring public trust in their work. 

Survey Design and Techniques: Apr 2019

Ethics in research is often perceived as a bureaucratic hurdler to be struggled over. This seminar will instead cover how to embrace ethics as a powerful tool that caSurveys, including clinical audits, are one of the most commonly conducted clinical research projects.  There is a lot more to doing these well than meets the eye. This seminar provides practical help for planning and conducting surveys. It includes good survey design, approval pathways, sampling and administration methods, writing high quality questionnaires & data collection instruments, maximising response rates and reducing data errors.

Knowledge Translation: Mar 2019

Knowledge translation is a vital consideration for all research and having a plan from the outset is increasingly important for research projects. Knowledge Translation refers to how we exchange, disseminate, and apply our research results to improve the community’s health. This seminar outlines what it is, why it is so important, and how to get started. It will provide an overview of KT considerations for research project design, implementation, dissemination, and measuring impact.

Using REDCap for Data Capture and Management: Oct 2018

The Department of Health WA now preferentially supports REDCap use and many health service providers are switching to REDCap as the database of choice for safely entering, storing and reporting on data.  This presentation covers how to access REDCap, basic REDCap functionality, and where to go for further assistance and resources and is presented by staff from The Telethon Kids Institute’s Biometrics team, which provides access to REDCap for all Telethon Kids, Child and Adolescent Health Services (CAHS), and Perth Children’s Hospital based researchers.


Last Updated: 15/10/2020