Friends of Barwon Health Research newsletter

Friends of Barwon Health Research is a new community newsletter featuring opportunities for the general public to:

  • partner with researchers in the design and delivery of research at Barwon Health,
  • provide feedback on research proposals,
  • take part in clinical trials or other research projects, surveys or focus groups, and
  • hear about events, news and developments from our research teams.

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NHMRC TCR: Commercial determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

NHMRC is considering opening a grant opportunity in the second half of 2023 to invite research proposals that specifically focus on the commercial determinants of health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

The proposed opportunity aims to stimulate research to identify the direct or indirect and positive or negative effects; commercial activities have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health. The research would inform best practice approaches and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

  1. NHMRC previously advertised this TCR as ‘social, cultural and commercial determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’.

Estimated Release: July – December 2023.

View the opportunity on the GrantConnect website

Call for Expressions of Interest for Membership of Kardinia Health Research Committee

The Faculty of Health is inviting Expressions of Interest for a faculty researcher to join the Kardinia Health Research Committee, which is chaired by Dean of Medicine Prof. Gary Rogers and meets every two months.

Candidates should be Geelong-based and conducting primary health care research. The Research Committee Terms of Reference can be found on the Faculty of Health Research SharePoint site.

Kardinia Health is a GP super clinic is based in Belmont and serves the Geelong region. The clinic incorporates a range of health services in addition to general practice, including pathology, pharmacy, and allied health.

If you are interested, please send a maximum one-page expression of interest to Prof. Gary Rogers ( by COB, Wednesday 12 July.

Barwon Health Human Research Ethics Committee: expressions of interest sought

Barwon Health is seeking expressions of interest from Deakin University clinical and research personnel to join their human research ethics committee.

Expressions of interest should be sent by email to and include a letter detailing what you believe you can bring to the ethics committee and a short curriculum vitae or summary of education and relevant work experience.

For further information, please contact Mr Richard Larsen on (03) 4215 3371 or by emailing

Launch of new vehicle/driving simulator at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus

The Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) has launched a new vehicle simulator. The simulator has a

360-degree, five-metre-high projection screen surrounding a six degree-of-freedom motion platform. This platform can mount a variety of interchangeable vehicle cabins.

Watch the simulator in action on YouTube.

The IISRI team hopes this can support research into a variety of community priorities, including road safety and how our health and personal circumstances can influence, or be influenced by, our capacity to drive safely on the roads. If you are interested in potentially accessing this facility for your research, please get in touch with Stu Robottom ( The team at IISRI can provide more information about their new simulator, or about the team and their other equipment and system capabilities at Waurn Ponds.

Cast your vote for new research system name

The Streamline Program to transform research administration at Deakin has wrapped up their naming competition for the upcoming OmniStar research administration system, which is scheduled for its first release later this year.

Now it’s your chance to vote for the new name from the top six suggestions received!

Cast your vote.

OmniStar is a cloud-based grants, research and ethics management solution designed to simplify complex and time-consuming research business processes and automate common research administration activities.  Find out more about OmniStar.

Registrations open for RE-FRESH short course

The Transforming Retail Food Environments to be Health-Enabling

Please consider sharing this information with anyone who you think may benefit from taking part in the course.

More information is available on the RE-FRESH website.

Sax Institute 2023 Research Action Awards

The Sax Institute Research Action Awards recognise early to mid-career researchers whose work has had significant impact on health policy or services.

Applications are due at 5pm AEST on 14 August. Find out more on the Sax Institute website.

Research recruitment

Adyya Gupta is researching online food delivery apps. Participants must be 18-35-years-old and live in Victoria.

Participants will receive a $50 supermarket voucher for their participation. Contact Adyya Gupta at or on 04 7508 5307. Please share this survey among your networks and anyone who you think might be interested in participating.

Tell the MRFF about your research

The MRFF would like to hear about the achievements of researchers who have received MRFF funding for their work. Write to them about your research outcomes at:
Remember to include information about how your research outcomes have made a difference, for example, their application in programs, clinical practice or guidelines, or published findings.