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4th December 2023 Latest News

Catalyst grants to support healthcare in SA

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The Hospital Research Foundation Group is excited to be awarding $240,000 in fresh funding for four ‘catalyst’ projects aimed at addressing an unmet need in South Australia’s healthcare services.  

The four projects focus on rural and indigenous mental health, improving clinical documentation, and understanding the important role carers have on older people’s wellbeing and hospitalisations.  

The funding is part of the inaugural Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Catalyst Grant Scheme, being led by Health Translation SA, which provides a springboard for projects that have high potential for winning a future MRFF grant.  

It provides targeted funding to develop collaborative projects by teams consisting of at least two health service organisations and at least two research organisations or health and medical research institutes. 

Four one-year projects have been funded by The Hospital Research Foundation Group (totalling $240,000) and two by the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation ($120,000). 

The successful projects include:  

Dr Tesfahun Eshetie – Empowering carers and improving quality of care for older people 

Carers play a significant role in the aged and healthcare systems, with about 10% of Australia’s population providing informal care.  

Using the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) integrated data, this project will examine carers’ characteristics and their caregiving roles, and how they influence quality of care and hospitalisations. This will help develop strategies to optimise carers’ involvement, enhance at-home care and reduce hospitalisations. 

Professor Paul Worley – Enhancing mental health referral systems in rural areas using AI
RMCLHN | Flinders Uni | BHFLHN | UniSA/Lived Experience Australia 

The mental health care system is complex, particularly in rural and remote communities where limited access to resources is among the challenges patients face. 

Utilising new and emerging AI technology to create a new platform, consumers will be able to update their mental health assessments in real time so they can get the right care at the right time. 

Associate Professor Johan Verjans – Automatically converting consultations into clinical notes
Adelaide Uni | CALHN | Calvary-Medibank Joint Venture | Flinders Uni 

Clinical documentation is a critical yet time-consuming task. This project aims to utilise AI technology to accurately convert conversations during consultations into clinical notes. 

Ultimately, this will free healthcare professionals from being inundated with paperwork and instead allow them to focus on direct patient care. 

Dr Tina Brodie – Improving mental health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
SAHMRI | Adelaide Uni | SA Health | Aboriginal Health Council of SA 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to experience adverse mental health and wellbeing outcomes. 

This project will develop a roadmap towards improving mental health and wellbeing by bringing together key agencies to better respond to the needs of the community.