Grants awarded by HIRC

Grants awarded in 2020

Agents of change: Nursing students' knowledge and attitudes toward smoking cessation $4780

Professor Lorna Moxham (SON), Dr Liz Curtis (SON), Dr Maria Mackay (SON), Ms Helen Pratt (SON), Ms Kimberly Livingstone (with partners at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India)

Understanding delirium in older patients admitted to NSW hospitals in the Intensive Care Unit with chronic kidney disease (CKD) $10,000

Dr Ezinne Igwe, Dr Jessica Nealon (SOM), Professor Victoria Traynor (SON), Associate Professor Yasmine Probst (SOND), Dr Sam Lapkin (SON) (with partner Dr Hicham Hasan, ISLHD)

Sexual Quality of Life: How Do CALD Patients with Chronic Condition Want Information? $4,629

Dr Ibrahim Alananzeh (SON), Professor Ritin Fernandez (SON), Dr Shahla Meedya (SON), Dr Rita Chang (SON), Mr Alex Chan (SON).

Promoting evidenced-based practices across the aged-care sector to meet the needs of the Royal Commission and Aged Care Quality Standards.

Dr Peta Drury (SON), Dr Kaye Rolls (SON), Dr Rita Chang (SON), Ms Amy Montgomery (SON): $5,000

Clinimetric evaluation of the electronic format of the PainDETECT Questionnaire: $4,995

Dr Sam Lapkin (SON).

Understanding the needs of individuals living with dementia and their family carers from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities: $2,500.

Dr Kaye Rolls (SON), Dr Rita Chang (SON).

Exploring social isolation and loneliness in older people with complex chronic conditions in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven: $4,917

 Dr Sarah Tillott (SON), Professor Liz Halcomb (SON)

Grants awarded in 2019

Dr Anita Stefoska-Needham (SOM), Dr Kelly Lambert (SOM), Prof Karen Charlton (SOM), Dr Maria Chan (St George Hospital), Jordan Stanford (PhD Candidate, SOM).

SYMBIOTiC StudySYMptom, microBIOme and dieT in Chronic Kidney Disease. $10,000.

A randomised controlled crossover trial to test the impact and efficacy of a novel dietary intervention, high in plant foods, on symptom burden, quality of life (QOL), gut microbiome profile and biochemical parameters in a sample of non-dialysed adults with Chronic Kidney Disease.


Dr Monique Francois (SOM), Dr Elizabeth Neale (SOM), Dr Danielle Schoenaker (SOM).

Is Post-Meal Walking (PMW) a Potential Therapy to Prevent Gestational Diabetes (GDM) in Women at High Risk? $5,000

A randomize controlled trial to determine whether advice to perform PMW in women with at least one risk factor for GDM can improve glucose tolerance in pregnancy and prevent the development of GDM, compared to standard-care advice.


Dr Jessica Nealon (SOM), Janine Masso (SON), Dr Mu-Hsing Ho (PhD candidate SON), Assistant Prof Kee-Hsin Chen (Taipei Medical University), Dr Rita Chang (SON), Prof Victoria Traynor (SON).

Systematic review and meta-analyses of postoperative delirium (POD): understanding POD incidence, & the diagnostic accuracy of delirium assessment tools used in the anaesthetic recovery unit. $5,000

This project aims to perform two systematic reviews & meta-analyses to determine:

(1) an accurate incidence rate of POD; and

(2) the diagnostic accuracy of delirium assessment tools used in anaesthetic recovery.

Dr Yasmine Probst (SOM, Dr Rebecca Stanley (Early Start), Anthony McKnight (School of Education).

Stronger culture, healthy lifestyles: feasibility of an afterschool cultural activity program for Aboriginal children living in the Illawarra region. $10,000.

This study aims to expand on a pilot study conducted in the Shoalhaven region and evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and potential efficacy of an afterschool cultural program in promoting cultural connectedness, positive healthy behaviours and educational outcomes among Aboriginal children aged 5-12 years living in the Illawarra region of NSW.

Dr Kelly Lambert (SOM), Narelle Ilic (ISLHD), Jenny Chen (ISLHD), Holly Mitchell (ISLHD). 

How does pain impact the life of people with severe kidney failure? $10,000

The aim of this project is to explore the lived experience of pain in older people with ESKD from the patient and carer perspective. Of particular interest, is the way pain may impact on socialisation, quality of life, medication and dietary self-management.


Dr Pippa Burns (SOM), Dr Michelle Eady (School of Education), Dr (School of the Arts, English and Media), Prof Victoria Traynor (SON).

Project DARE: validating the curriculum. $5,000

Project DARE (Dementia knowledge, Art, Research and Education) is an educational program for Stage 2 children (ages 8-11 years).This study will further extend the findings from a feasibility pilot study by:

1. Engaging with individuals living with dementia and their carers to obtain feedback on the multidimensional lesson plans, including the art-based activities.

2. Amending the lesson plans to reflect the views of more diverse schools and individuals living with dementia.

3. Undertaking a systematic review of the literature to identify international dementia education programs targeted at children.


Dr Hui Chen (Rita) Chang (SON), Prof Victoria Traynor (SON), Michelle Mason (ISLHD), Liliana Baronne (ISLHD).

Understanding feeding challenges & the feeding behaviours assessment tools for persons with dementia (PWD) in long-term facilities. $2,500

To conduct a systematic literature review to identify available, validated feeding behaviour assessment tools for PWD, and determine an accurate measurement tool for use in intervention studies in healthcare settings.