Insurance Commission of Western Australia Funding
The PRF and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia have entered a research agreement.
Funding of up to $90,000 excluding GST is available for lead physiotherapists based in Western Australia and could be used for one key project or multiple smaller projects.
Research aims are to enhance the independence and functional recovery of individuals seriously injured in vehicle or workplace accidents, and reduce the burden on families and carers.
Applications open on Monday 6 May and close on Friday 31 May. Forms and guidelines will be available on 6 May.
Read the Insurance Comission's media statement for more information.
Please email Jenine Fleming for further information.
Do you have an idea that could transform physio practice or improve patients’ wellbeing? Do you need financial support to bring it to life? The PRF is proud to bring you the first PRF Pitchfest!
The PRF is seeking innovative ideas and solutions to address unmet clinical needs and advancing/transforming patient care and physio practice. Tell us about your big idea or concept by submitting an application. If the judging panel like the sound of it, you will be invited to pitch your idea to a panel, at the APA’s TRANSFORM 2019 Conference in October. James O’Loghlin, previously from The Inventors on ABC TV will MC the session.
There is $15,000 up for grabs for the successful pitch. Applications open on Monday 13 May and close on Sunday 30 June. Full details will be available on 13 May.
Please email Jenine Fleming for further information.
2019 Seeding Grants for new researchers in any area of physiotherapy are now closed.
Beryl Haynes Memorial Fund Grant
The Beryl Haynes Memorial Fund grant is offered for clinical research conducted in Tasmania. The research can relate to any area of physiotherapy practice and the grant will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit and the relevance of the research. Please note this grant is not offered every year.
The PRF has awarded over $1.4 million in grants since 1990, funding research across a range of areas including respiratory conditions, continence, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, knee osteoarthritis and more. Some Seeding Grant recipients have successfully entered into research careers within Australian universities and internationally.
2018 Project Grants
Kim Allison, APAM - $15,695
Project title: Addressing obesity: physiotherapist delivery of evidence-based care in knee osteoarthritis
Zhiqi Liang, APAM - $15,964
Project title: The Nature of Neck Pain in Migraine
2018 Beryl Hayes Memorial Grant
Joshua Heerey, APAM - $10,000
Tasmanian Community Hip Pain (TasCHIP) Cohort Study
2018 Seeding Grants
Robyn Brennen S18-018, APAM - $12,000
Can pre- and post-operative pelvic floor muscle training reduce pelvic floor dysfunction in patients undergoing gynaecological cancer treatment? A pilot randomised controlled tria
Gabrielle Street, APAM - $11,845
Internet-based management of rotator cuff tendinopathy with remote physiotherapist led support: a pilot and feasibility randomised controlled trial
Kate Cameron, APAM - $7,255
A dance participation intervention for extremely preterm children with motor impairment at preschool age: a feasibility trial
2017 Project grant recipients
Helena Frawley, FACP - $17,000
Project title: Pelvic floor dysfunction in women with gynaecological cancer
Dr Annemarie Lee - $16,980
Project title: Does listening to self-selected music during pulmonary rehabilitation enhance clinical outcomes?
Read about Annemaries's research project in InMotion: Enhancing clinical outcomes with music
Kevin Wernli, APAM - $16,820
Project title: Does changing movement matter? Understanding the relationship between changes in movement, pain, activity limitation and psychological factors in persistent low back pain
2017 Seeding Grants
Joshua Bishop, APAM - $10,000
Effect of a pulmonary rehabilitation program of 8 weeks duration compared to 12 weeks on exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PuRe Duration): A randomised controlled trial
Jodie Dakic, APAM - $9,997
Are pelvic floor disorders a barrier to women's participation in their chosen exercise and how do physiotherapists screen and manage them?
Alison Hodges, APAM - $9,820
Barriers to physical activity and risks of sedentary behaviour at 12 months following total knee replacement surgery: a mixed methods study.
2016 seeding grant recipients
Bernadette Brady, APAM - $8,456
The inequities of chronic pain – responding with culturally responsive physiotherapy
Megan Banky, APAM - $9,970
Better assessments for better outcomes – determining the ecological validity of the Modified Tardieu scale
Read about Megan's research project in InMotion
Sonia Wing Mei Cheng, APAM - $7,418
The effectiveness and feasibility of a behaviour-change intervention to reduce sedentary time in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a pilot randomised controlled trial
Katrina Li, APAM - $9,973
Respiratory health in adult children of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Rachel Toovey, APAM - $10,000
2016 Tagged Grants
Samantha Bunzli, APAM - $13,200
It looks good but it feels bad. Understanding ´failed’ Total Knee Replacement from the perspectives of patients
Breanne Kunstler, APAM - $8,026
Discovering the determinants of, and the behaviour change techniques (BCTs) used when, promoting non-treatment physical activity (NTPA) in Australian physiotherapy practice.
2015 tagged grant recipients
Brooke Howells, APAM – Beryl Haines Memorial research grant - $9,600
Feasibility of a randomised clinical trial for physiotherapy intervention in patients at high risk of early-onset knee osteoarthritis and symptomatic decline following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Michelle Kahn, APAM – APA National Groups research grant - $9,934
The development of a gold standard assessment of arm disability following brain injury
Cherie Wells, APAM – Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia research grant - $10,000
2015 seeding grant recipients
Dr Brenton Hordacre, APAM - $9,089
Philippa Nicolson, APAM - $9,420
Towards improving adherence to home exercise in knee osteoarthritis
Charlotte Ganderton, APAM - $10,000
Does female sex hormone supplementation (FSHS), exercise or a combination of both improve pain and function in post-menopausal women with greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS)?
Elise Gane, APAM - $9,974
Identifying risk factors for poor functional recovery of the neck and shoulder after neck dissection surgery in patients with head and neck cancer
David Harvie, APAM - $10,000
Un-training the brain: extinguishing learned pain responses through pain-free, illusory movement
2014 tagged grant recipients
Joanne Kemp – Jill Nosworthy Research Grant - $9,998
Risk factors for early hip osteoarthritis: a longitudinal cohort study
Andrew Briggs – Physiotherapy Registration Board of Western Australia Research Grant - $20,000
Development of a ‘readiness’ and ‘success’ evaluation framework for Australian musculoskeletal models of care
2014 sedding grant recipients
Kim Allison – Geoffrey Maitland Seeding Grant for Musculoskeletal Research - $9,089
Biomechanical and neuromuscular impairments in individuals with greater trochanteric pain syndrome
Nicole Sheers - $10,000
Lung volume recruitment in neuromuscular disorders: can breath-stacking manoeuvres improve lung function, respiratory symptoms and quality of life in people with neuromuscular conditions?
Jason Rogers - $10,000
Clinical, metabolic and imaging prognostic factors in chronic plantar heel pain: a 12-month longitudinal follow-up study
2013 PRF tagged grant recipients
Kate Young - $9,994
An exploration of the feasibility of a randomised trial for physiotherapy in early hip osteoarthritis following hip arthroscopic surgery
Elizabeth Dylke - $10,000
Determination of normatively-based diagnostic thresholds for unilateral and bilateral lower limb lymphoedema
Claire Baldwin - $ 16,700
Pattern of physical activity and sedentary time in survivors of a critical illness during a hospital admission
2013 seeding grant recipients
Rebekah Das - $10,000
Assessing the sensation of ‘desire to void’: development of a new instrument
Stephanie Filbay - $9,049
Early onset knee osteoarthritis following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: the impact on health-related quality of life, work participation and health costs
Oliva Rawson - $10,000
A randomised cross-over trial of the effect of positive expiratory pressure during nebulised delivery of medication on aerosol deposition in people with cystic fibrosis
Lucy Lewis - $9,720
Sedentary behaviour in people with cardiovascular disease: a pilot randomised controlled trial
Janice Taylor - $9,936
Evaluating a physiotherapist-led training program to improve residents’ mobility care in nursing homes
2012 tagged grant recipients
Dr Helena Frawley – Jill Nosworthy Research Grant - $10,000
Development of a digital palpation scale for assessing muscle tension in the pelvic floor using the MyotonPro® device as the ‘gold standard’ objective measure
Associate Professor Shane Patman – Physiotherapists’ Registration Board of WA Research Grant - $25,000
Professional Practice Standards – cardiorespiratory critical care
2012 seeding grant recipients
Yaheli Bet-Or - $6,834
Is there a difference in scapular kinematics between healthy controls and people with chronic mechanical neck pain?
Kelly Bower - $8,548
Embracing technology in physiotherapy practice: can the Wii Balance Board™ and Microsoft Kinect™ provide clinically useful information about balance performance post-stroke?
Andrea Bruder - $10,000
Does exercise following distal radius fracture improve activity? A phase I/II randomised controlled trial