Seminars

The Research Education Program (REP) presents over 24 seminars each year on a variety of topics, designed to inform and assist you through each step of the research process. 

Our seminars are presented in the Perth Children's Hospital auditorium and live streamed using Avaya Workplace. You can watch the live stream from one of our hosted locations, on your desktop PC, tablet or personal device. Our seminars are also recorded and uploaded within a week from presentation. Find out more about your viewing options here.


Upcoming seminar presentations

19 Nov Research Impact
* New in 2021 REGISTER HERE
26 Nov Qualitative Research Methods   REGISTER HERE
03 Dec Innovation and Commercialisation * New in 2021 REGISTER HERE


Library of seminar recordings

Explore our library of seminars to find out more about each seminar topic and its presenter(s).

You can register for an upcoming presentation or access the most recent recording for each topic using the accordion menu below. 

Promotional image for "Introduction to Adaptive Trials" seminar recorded in May 2020 at Perth Children's Hospital and presented by Professor Tom Snelling

Presented by

Professor Tom Snelling - Director of Health and Clinical Analytics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney and Infectious Diseases Physician, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network

Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Watch the most recent recording - 14 May 2020

This seminar is not scheduled for re-presentation at this time.
Promotional image for "Introductory Biostatistics" seminar

Presented by 

Michael Dymock - Biostatistician and Infectious Diseases Modeller – Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 17 June 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 18 June 2021 (Presented by Dr Julie Marsh - Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute)

Promotional image for "Sample Size Calculation" seminar

Presented by 

Michael Dymock - Biostatistician and Infectious Diseases Modeller, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 24 June 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 26 June 2021 (Presented by Dr Julie Marsh - Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute)

Promotional image for "Statistical tips for interpreting scientific claims" seminar

Presented by 

Michael Dymock - Biostatistician and Infectious Diseases Modeller – Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 28 October 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 22 October 2021 (Presented by Dr Julie Marsh)

Conducting Systematic Reviews presented by Professor Sonya Girdler

Presented by

Professor Sonya Girdler 

Professor of Occupational Therapy
Director | Curtin Autism Research Group
Co-Domain Lead Neurodiversity, Child and Maternal Health | enAble Institute, Curtin School of Allied Health
Director Program 3 (Adulthood) | Autism Co-operative Research Centre
Adjunct Professor | University of Western Australia, School of Allied Health
Affiliated | Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institute (KIND), Sweden

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 09 September 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 10 September 2021

 


Consumer and Community Involvement in Research presented by Belinda Frank

Presented in 2021 by

Anne McKenzie AM - Community Engagement Manager, Telethon Kids Institute

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Presented in 2022 by

Belinda Frank - Involvement Coordinator, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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. 

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 29 July 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 30 July 2021

 


Promotional image for "Coordination of COVID-19 Research in Western Australia" seminar, presented by Dr Gary Geelhoed

Presented by

Professor Gary Geelhoed - Executive Director, WA Health Transition Network 

Synopsis

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

Where to watch   

Watch the most recent recording - 18 May 2020

This seminar is not scheduled for re-presentation at this time.
Data collection and management presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull

Presented by

Associate Professor Sue Skull
- Head, Research Education Program, Child and Adolescent Health Service
- Deputy Director, Department of Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service  

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Synopsis

Good data are crucial to a successful project with impact.  This seminar explains why we need good data management practices, outlines researcher responsibilities, and provides practical data management planning strategies, including database design and development, data entry, cleaning and storage to ensure the most robust and safe data possible.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 5 August 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 23 July 2021

Seminar promotional image for "Ethical Principles for Research" presented on 5th April 2019 by Dr Nik Zeps at Perth Children's Hospital

Presented by

Dr Nik Zeps - Group Director of Research, Epworth Health Centre, Melbourne VIC

Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Watch the most recent recording - 5 April 2019

This seminar is not scheduled for re-presentation at this time.


Ethics Processes for clinical research in WA presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull

Presented by 

Associate Professor Sue Skull
- Head, Research Education Program, Child and Adolescent Health Service
- Deputy Director, Department of Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service   

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for next presentation -18 November 2022

Watch the most recent recording

Introduction to Good clinical practice presented by Natalie Barber from Telethon Kids Institute

Presented by

Natalie Barber - Head, Research Governance Platforms, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 11 March 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 5 March 2021

Grant applications and finding funding seminar, presented by Dr Tegan McNab from Telethon Kids Institute

Presented by 

Tegan McNab - Manager, Grants and Research Development, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 21 October 2022

Watch the most recent recording

Seminar promotional image for "Information for Clinical Triallists during COVID 19" seminar, presented on 12th June 2020 at Perth Children's Hospital by Dr Julie Marsh

Presented by

Dr Julie Marsh - Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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

Where to watch

Watch the most recent recording - 12 June 2020

This seminar is not scheduled for re-presentation at this time.
Innvoation and Commercialisation co-presented by Richard Macliver and Telethon Kids Institute

Co-presented by 

- Richard Macliver - Innovation Manager, Child and Adolescent Health Service

- Ashley Schoof - Commercialisation Officer, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

Join us for this new topic in our Research Skills Seminar Series. 

Learn about how to get involved in innovation and commercialisation activities in child and adolescent health in WA. This session will cover: what you need to know and what support is available to help you achieve real-world impact from your research.

Where to watch

Register for the inaugural presentation - 3 December 2021

Watch the most recent recording (available online following the above presentation date)

Involving Aboriginal Communities in Research presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull and Glenn Pearson from Telethon Kids Institute

Presented by 

Glenn Pearson - Director of Aboriginal Health, Telethon Kids Institute

and 

Dr Brad Farrant - Head, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 16 September 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 17 September 2021

Knowledge Translation seminar presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull

Presented by

A/Prof Fenella Gill - Acute Paediatric Nursing, Perth Children's Hospital and Curtin University

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Synopsis

Ensuring that research findings are translated into practice involves a systematic approach from the beginning when you are designing your research. Implementation science bridges the gap between developing and evaluating effective interventions and implementation and de-implementation in routine practice. This seminar covers key elements of implementation research; theoretical approaches, research designs, involvement of stakeholders, behaviour change interventions.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 22 July 2022 

Watch the most recent recording - 6 August 2021

Media and Communications in Research presented by Elizabeth Chester from Telethon Kids Institute

Presented by 

Elizabeth Chester - Director, Communications and Development, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

Understanding how to work with the media is essential and a critical responsibility for all researchers, 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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 12 August 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 13 August 2021

Oral Presentation of Research Results presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull

Presented by 

A/Prof Sue Skull - Head, Research Education Program and Deputy Director, Department of Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 26 August 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 27 August 2021

Project Management seminar presented by Tara McLaren from Telethon Kids InstitutePresented by 

Tara McLaren - Head, Research Development, Telethon Kids Institute 

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Synopsis

Tara McLaren from Telethon Kids Institute will join us in 2022 for this new topic in our Research Skills Seminar Series.

Where to watch

Register for the inaugural presentation - 25 March 2022

Qualitative Research Methods presented by Dr Shirley McGough from Curtin University

Presented by 

Dr Shirley McGough - Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Curtin University 

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 26 November 2021

Watch the most recent recording 

Rapid Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature seminar presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull Presented by 

A/Prof Sue Skull - Head, Research Education Program and Deputy Director, Department of Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service   

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the 2022 presentation - 16 October 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 16 October2020

Download the updated handout (revised 29 October 2021)

Using REDCap for Data Capture and Management seminar presented by Ali Hollingsworth and Raskshya Kadhka from Telethon Kids Institute

Co-presented by 

Ali Hollingsworth and Raskshya Khadka from Telethon Kids Biometrics Team

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Synopsis

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 Biometrics team, which provides access to REDCap for all Telethon Kids, Child and Adolescent Health Services (CAHS), and Perth Children’s Hospital based researchers.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 6 May 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 7 May 2021

Research Fundamentals seminar presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull

Presented by 

Associate Professor Sue Skull - Head, Research Education Program and Deputy Director, Department of Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service   

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 4 February 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 5 February 2021

Research Governance seminar presented by Katherine Coltrona from Telethon Kids InstitutePresented in 2022 by

Katherine Coltrona - Manager Research Governance, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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 provide practical tips for preparation of governance applications. It also covers recent changes to state and national governance frameworks and implications for researchers.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 18 March 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 19 March 2021
presented by Associate Professor Sunalene Devadason - Coordinator of Graduate Research, UWA School of Paediatrics and Child Health (SPACH)

 

Research Impact seminar presented by Tara McLaren from Telethon Kids InstitutePresented by

Tara McLaren - Head, Research Development, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

There is an increasing requirement for researchers to demonstrate the impacts of their research to funders, stakeholders and to the community. 

This seminar will provide an overview of research impact, showcasing recently published AAMRI Research Impact Framework.  The session will also provide an overview of the requirements of impact statement for an NHMRC Investigator or Synergy grant. 

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation on 19 November 2021

Watch the recording (available after 19 November 2021)

Getting the most out of Research Supervision seminar presented by Professor Jonathan Carapetis from Telethon Kids Institute

Presented by

Professor Jonathan Carapetis - Director, Telethon Kids Institute

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 27 May 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 11 June 2021

Scientific Writing seminar presented by Associate Professor Sue Skull

Presented by 

A/Prof Sue Skull - Head, Research Education Program and Deputy Director, Department of Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service   

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 18 February 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 19 February 2021

Using Social Media in Research seminar presented by Dr Kenneth Lee

Presented by

Dr Kenneth Lee - Senior Lecturer - Pharmacy Practice, The University of Western Australia

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Synopsis

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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 29 April 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 30 April 2021

Survey Design and Techniques seminar presented by Associate Professor Sue skullPresented by 

A/Prof Sue Skull - Head, Research Education Program and Deputy Director, Department of Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service   

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Synopsis

Surveys, 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.

Where to watch

Register for the next presentation - 13 May 2022

Watch the most recent recording - 14 May 2021

Last Updated: 23/11/2021