This year in lieu of our traditional research symposium we're looking to showcase our impressive range of research and innovation at BHS in a digital setting. In a shift away from previous formats we’re offering the chance for all projects along the research and innovation continuum to be presented. We are looking forward to sharing with you the significant impact that our research and innovation has on the organisation and our community.

Join us in a series of events whereby staff will be presenting their research or quality improvement/innovation projects in a variety of virtual settings.
There is also a suite of educational workshops and webinars available on topics such as: consumer engagement, statistics 101, improvement science, leadership and negotiation, team building and journal editing​.

Project Presentations - Live


​Project Title




​Ballarat Shoulder Study



​Katherine Downe

​Extended hours in-centre nocturnal haemodialysis 




​The functional impact of hand therapy education delivered during the immobilisation phase following non-operatively managed distal radius fractures: a pilot study




​The change in individual physical functioning of clients whose structured exercise groups were cancelled due to social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic



​Marjana Petrova

​Systematic review of carotid ultrasound screening programs in rural communities​


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MS Teams Event Link: TBA


​Project Title



​Mehrab Hossain​​​

​Duration of viral shedding in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 disease in Ballarat, Australia




​Investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of staff in rural and regional health services: the CReW Study



​Rob Commons

​Estimating the proportion of Plasmodium vivax recurrences caused by relapse: A systematic review and meta-analysis




​Outcomes of elective cancer surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis: an international, multicentre, observational cohort study 



​Kylie McKenzie

​Frequent potentially avoidable visits to the Emergency Department – Consumer and clinician perspectives


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MS Teams Event Link: TBA


Project Title




​A novel ‘bundle of care’ approach to cellulitis management in Western Victorian hospitals




​Research is (not) a dirty word – building Victorian Rural Health Services' Research Capacity




​Exploring speech pathology service delivery and dysphagia identification in the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Ballarat Health Services for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.




​ROCKet- Reduction of Chronic Post-Surgical Pain with Ketamine


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MS Teams Event Link: TBA

Webinars and Workshops

In this training session you will get coaching in pitching, storytelling, and presenting your ideas/projects – valuable skills for anyone in healthcare or life sciences.

When: Thursday 22nd October

Time: 10am - 12pm

Registrations essential, register here.

Please note this workshop is only available to staff from BIRCH member organisations

Come along and learn the basics about how to gather data and use statistics in your health research. Find out how to get the most from a biostatistician or research officer.

No experience necessary

This will be run by Dr Neroli Sawyer, our resident BIRCH biostatistician.
When: Thursday 29th October

Time: 1pm - 1:40pm

Registrations essential, register here

Please note this workshop is only available to staff from BIRCH member organisations

In this session we will discuss types of leaders and their skills, sharing ideas in a team, and engaging in constructive criticism.

When: Thursday 5th November

Time: 10am - 11am

Registrations essential, register here.

Please note this workshop is only available to staff from BIRCH member organisations

The Co-design Living Lab Model as a conduit for engagement, innovation and translation in research 

Victoria is trained in applied ethics, mixed-methods and qualitative research, and particpatory design. She is the lead of the Integrated Mental Health Research Program and the Co-Design Living Lab (an embedded lived-experience model for research design to translation working with over 2000 people who have accessed services for mental health and live with physical health conditions).

She has been involved in a number of clinical trials that have involved service navigation, care coordination and care navigation models to improve mental health. This includes being the lead investigator for the Assertive Cardiac Care Trial (ACCT) which is a nurse and GP collaborative model of assertive care to improve heart health with people who live with severe mental illness in the primary care setting. The intervention for ACCT has been co-produced with people from the Co-Design Living Lab.

Victoria worked in the disability and community development sectors and as a domestic violence case manager prior to completing her PhD in 2007. She has worked in health research for 15 years, and has completed over 25 research projects in mental health, primary care, experience based co-design, qualitative research and randomised controlled clinical trials. Victoria has published widely on co-design, mental health and primary care.

When: Monday 9th November

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Registrations essential, register here.​

In this session we'll give and overview of negotiations skills and how to apply them in your workplace and beyond.

When: Tuesday November 17th

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Registrations essential, register here

Please note this workshop is only available to staff from BIRCH member organisations

Poster Presentations

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Presenters: Anna Wong Shee1,2, Kylie McKenzie1, Renee Clapham1, Craig Wilding1, Melinda Farnsworth1, Mark Hartnell1, Margaret Dawson1, Michelle Veal1, Rosemary Aldrich1, Adele Walker1, Emma Leehane1, Vincent Versace2, Catherine Offer1

1 Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 2 Deakin Rural Health, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia  

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Ellie Orr, Rishni Perera, Renee Clapham, Michael Pang, Gerard Dalgleish, Damoon Entesari-Tatafi, Acushla Thompson

Ballarat Health Services

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Dr Katherine Downe, Associate Professor Richmond, Dr Susheel Sharma, Ms Leila Higham, Ms Kate Gayle

Ballarat Health Services

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Mehrab E Hossain1, David Lister1, Caroline Bartolo1, Paul Kinsella2, James Knox2, Rosemary Aldrich1, Raquel Cowan1, Robert J Commons1

1. Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 2. Dorevitch Pathology, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

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Dr Renee Clapham1,3, Ms Lois Abraham1, Associate Professor Maxine Bonham2, Ms Kate Falconer1, Dr Sarah McKinnon1, Ms Kia Noble4, Ms Rebecca Nunes1, Ms Kathryn Pegg1, Associate Professor Anna Wong Shee1,3

1 Ballarat Health Services, 2 Monash University, 3 Deakin University, 4 Alfred Hospital​

Project Presentations - Pre-Recorded

Over the course of our event we'll release a series of pre-recorded project presentations for you to review at your own leisure. Recordings will be available here and via the BHS YouTube channel

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