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Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
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Aged Care, Rehabilitation, General Medicine, Chronic & Ambulatory Care, General Practice, Endocrinology & Andrology

Our Research

Chronic & Complex Care
An Equity-Focused Review of patients registered to Chronic & Complex Care CNCs was progressed in 2016. This research examines the demographics of our patient cohort through a health equity lens. Referral sources and intervention profiles are also examined. This research will inform further inquiry into the effectiveness of the program
Contact: andrea.long@health.nsw.gov.au

CRGH Endocrinology & Metabolism
1.ALAFOS: Observational study of patients on an osteoporosis drug known as Forteo   
2. ZIPP: Randomised trial of genetic testing and targeted Zoledronic Acid therapy to prevent Paget's Disease
Contact: klaus.sommer@health.nsw.gov.au

This research aims to trial and evaluate on patients attending NSW hospital clinics with advanced illnesses identified as potentially having supportive and palliative care needs, a model of ACP that seeks to:
(i) increase the uptake of ACP by patients; and
(ii) encourage NSW Health clinical services and GPs and other health professionals providing care for the patients to incorporate ACP into routine care. This study seeks to determine if this model of ACP will reduce acute health resources utilisation; improve the quality of care for patients and caregivers / family; and result in improved understanding and uptake of ACP by health professionals.
Contact: Melissa.Casey@health.nsw.gov.au

ACC&R - CNC Dementia Delirium SLHD
Actively involved with research through 2016 primarily looking at 2 studies that have Ethics approval
1 Specialling Patients with Delirium (ongoing)
2 Characteristics of Patients that have an inpatient fall (ongoing)
*Member of the RPA Ethics Committee
Contact: Annie.Hepworth@health.nsw.gov.au

Hospital in the Home
Perceptions of HITH in Sydney Local Health District
Contact: Xiaoming.xi@health.nsw.gov.au

Amputee & Rehabilitation
Nursing questionnaire exploring relationships between attitudes and perceptions about nursing work and demographically defined generations
Contact: John.sheehy@health.nsw.gov.au

Key Achievements

Chronic & Complex Care:
Collaboration with the SLHD Health Equity and Research Development Unit to receive mentorship for beginning researchers.  - Increasing confidence with research process through 'learning by doing' model.

CRGH Endocrinology & Metabolism:
1. Asia and Latin America Observational Study with Eli-Lilly being the project Sponsor.
2. International study with a UK Hospital sponsoring the research. We have identified family members of Paget's patients with a genetic predisposition to the disease and initiated medical therapy to hopefully prevent Paget's developing in the future.

1. Translational research grant scheme funded by the MoH.
2. Collaboration between SLHD and SESLHD.
3. Education/workshops days x2 held at Concord
4. Having 10 + outpatient clinics involved in the study and actively recruiting patients for the study.
5. Uploading completed ACP/ACD onto eMR
6. Educating patients/families about ACP.
7. Educating staff about advance care planning and directives.
8. Educating GP's at HPN meetings about ACP and the project.

ACC&R - CNC Annie Hepworth - Dementia Delirium SLHD:
Building a substantial research agenda in my field.

Hospital in the Home:
Ethics and site approvals achieved.  Data collection underway.

Amputee & Rehabilitation:
Studying effort/reward balance and commitment between generations of nurses.


Annie Hepworth: Novice Researcher of the Year 2016 N&M Research Symposium

Research Staff

Chronic & Complex Care:

  • Andrea Long,Jane Welman & James Courtney, CNCs Chronic & Complex Care
  • A/Prof Marilyn Wise (Mentor, HERDU SLHD)

CRGH Endocrinology & Metabolism:

  • Dr Kirtan Ganda: Endocrinologist
  • Fay Lang: Registered Nurse
  • Klaus Sommer: CNC


  • Chief Investigator: A/Prof Joel Rhee
  • PI’s from SESLHD: Anne Meller CNC,  A/ Prof Gideon Caplan, A/Prof Peter Gonski
  • PI's from SLHD: A/Prof Vasi Naganthan
  • Melissa Casey CNC (SLHD)
  • Catherine Molihan CNC (SESLHD)
  • Emily MacKinley CNC (SESLHD)
  • UNSW research staff: Karolina Krysinska and Kate Marshall

ACC&R - Dementia Delirium:

  • Annie Hepworth, CNC

Hospital in the Home:

  • Xiaoming Xi, HITH Canterbury

Amputee & Rehabilitation

  • John Sheehy

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:

ACC&R - CNC Annie Hepworth - Dementia Delirium SLHD:

  1. Latt M, Hepworth A, Goh F. Australasian Journal of Ageing, Sept 2016. ‘The validity of three falls risk screening tools in an acute geriatric inpatient setting’. Vol 35, Issue 3 Pg 167-173.


Chronic & Complex Care:

  1. “An Equity-Focused Review of patients registered to Chronic & Complex Care CNCs” ACCR Quality Forum.

Contact: Debra Donnelly

Contact details for department

Department/Unit: Aged Care, Rehabilitation, General Medicine, Chronic & Ambulatory Care, General Practice, Endocrinology & Andrology
Sydney Local Health District
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Web: www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: Debra.Donnelly@health.nsw.gov.au