Research Education, Training and Seminars

There are many research training opportunities throughout the calendar year, with training provided by East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) or our partners in a range of formats and style. You will be able to find something that suits your needs and availability.

Western Australian Health Translation Network Clinical Research Support Service

Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) provide a clinical research support service for EMHS staff currently involved or interested in conducting clinical research.

WAHTN’s Clinical Trial and Data Management Centre staff can meet onsite with staff and provide advice and hands on support on various aspects of clinical research including:

  • a brief primer on research ethics and governance
  • setting up essential documents for your project
  • data management and database design
  • protocol development and other research related documents
  • assistance connecting with research partners and working with universities

Sessions can:

  • be one-on-one or with a small group, such as a research team
  • tailored to the areas you need help

2019 dates and contact details for WAHTN can be found in the Clinical Research Support Service – EMHS Flyer (PDF 300KB).

Research Education and Training Program (RETProgram), WAHTN

The RETProgram aims to provide busy health practitioners with open access to comprehensive research skills training across the entire research process. The benefits of a well-trained health research work force include a higher standard of meaningful research projects, a greater likelihood of successful completion and most importantly, better health outcomes for study participants and the broader WA community.

The RETProgram provides online training modules, research skills training and events and a research skills seminar series.

For more information visit the Research Education and Training Program website (external link).

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials eLearning

The ​Australian Clinical Trials NHMRC eLearning modules (external link)​ provide an introduction to clinical trials, clinical research ethics and ethics and governance review processes.

Good Clinical Practice

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials. It is mandatory for staff with key roles in industry-sponsored clinical trials (i.e. Principle Investigators and Trial Coordinators).

GCP was developed to provide a unified standard to facilitate the mutual acceptance of clinical data by the regulatory authorities across international jurisdictions. This means it provides a set of standard operating procedures for clinical trials. While completing GCP will give you a reasonable general outline of how to conduct research well, it is very focused on clinical trials and so not necessarily the best option for staff wanting to acquire core research skills for application to their own locally initiated projects.

There are many Australian providers of GCP training and refresher courses:

There are a number of organisations that provide accessible online GCP modules.

Locally, the WA Health Translation Network’s Research Education and Training Program provides online GCP training:

Data Linkage

If you are interested in how to access WA’s state-of-the-art data linkage as part of a research project, it can be helpful to attend a workshop that explains how this niche area of research works. The WA Data Linkage Branch now offers a tailored workshop for researchers and other applicants interested in applying for linked data.

Both new and experienced researchers can benefit from the workshop, which covers these core essentials:

  • the data linkage process
  • the preparation of data
  • the datasets available to researchers
  • ethical considerations
  • the application process

To find out about upcoming workshops visit the WA Data Linkage Branch website (external link).

Research Seminars

RPH and the MRF host regular Medical Research Seminars delivered by a diverse range of professional medical researchers on various topics. Please contact us on EMHS.REG@health.wa.gov.au to find out more about our seminars.

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research holds regular seminars. Visit the Medical Research Seminars page (external link) for upcoming talks.

The Child and Adolescent Health Service Research Education Program

The Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) Research Education Program includes the Research Skills Seminar Series, which offers open-access, free seminars on key topics across the whole research process. Comprehensive handouts include additional information and resources, along with other known training opportunities. Seminars are available either face-to-face or online via hosted video-conference sites.

For more information, please visit the CAHS Research Education Program (external site).

WAHTN Partner Institutions: Seminars, Events and Training for Science and Health

To view the upcoming list of seminars, events and training across all WAHTN partner institutions, visit the WAHTN seminars/events/training page (external site).

Last Updated: 31/07/2019