Rural Research Capacity Building Program
The two-year experiential research program is underpinned by a curriculum and a competency-based framework covering major aspects of the research process. Almost 200 rurally located NSW health staff have undertaken the program since it commenced in 2006. The implementation and translation of their research projects is influencing health service delivery, health outcomes and research expertise across rural NSW and beyond.
- Understanding the context of research
- Designing research
- Conducting research
- Communicating research
The Rural Research Capacity Building Program is intended for staff who work within the NSW rural public health care sector and are involved in the development of policy, design, delivery, evaluation or administration of health care services or population health. This includes community health care workers, allied health staff, nurses, doctors, educators, managers, public health officers and staff involved in providing support services.
Permanent employees of the Northern NSW, Mid North Coast, Far West, Western, Hunter New England (Maitland and north/west), Murrumbidgee, Southern NSW Local Health Districts, Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD (Nowra and south/west) are invited to submit research proposals for consideration.
Rurally-based staff working for NSW Ambulance, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network and NSW Health Pillars are also eligible.
Temporary employees may be considered if enduring employment for the duration of the program can be demonstrated.
Existing researchers or individuals already undertaking or having previously undertaken doctoral level studies or masters by research are not eligible to apply.
- Engagement and executive and managerial level throughout rural LHDs, Ambulance NSW, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health
- NSW Health Pillars
- The Office of Health and Medical Research
- Australian Rural Health Research Collaboration
- The University of Sydney School of Rural Health and Sydney Medical School
Information for all intakes is routinely collected on aspects of the program such as financial investment, attendance at face-to-face workshops or teleconferences and progress to timelines for candidates, graduation rates and post-program research implementation.
Self-assessed competence on selected research skills is captured using the 'Research Spider'. This is collected in terms of inputs, outputs and outcomes and is based on a program logic model. Information is added to this continually to keep it up to date.
Publications related to the evaluation of the Rural Research capacity Building Program include:
Schmidt, D., Robinson, K., Webster, E., 2014. Factors influencing attrition from a researcher training program. International Journal for Researcher Development, 5(1) 56-67.
Duncanson, K., Webster, E.L. and Schmidt, D.D., 2018. Impact of a remotely delivered, writing for publication program on publication outcomes of novice researchers. Rural & Remote Health, 18(2).
Schmidt, DD, Webster, E, Duncanson, K. Building research experience: Impact of a novice researcher development program for rural health workers. Aust. J. Rural Health. 2019; 27: 392‐ 397. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12520
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