Five research projects currently underway involving Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) researchers have been awarded a share in $2 million of funding to help fast-track the benefits to patients.


A new clinical model for assessing chest pain patients presenting to hospitals and a study into the pain management for osteoarthritis sufferers, are amongst the translational health and medical research projects that have received funding from Sydney Health Partners.

NSLHD is a member of Sydney Health Partners, which was formed in 2015 and is one of four inaugural Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres named by the Federal Government to more rapidly and consistently deliver the benefits of research to patients and the community.

Sydney Health Partners also comprises of the Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health Districts, the Children's Hospital Network (Westmead), the University of Sydney, plus nine affiliated independent medical research institutes.

Professor David Hunter of Royal North Shore Hospital and collaborators received funds to investigate how the Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program (OACCP) – developed by the Agency for Clinical Innovation – has been implemented around the state.

A major burden upon hospitals is people presenting with pain and disability associated with knee and hip osteoarthritis and in many cases, they undergo tests and treatments that are not supported by the latest evidence.

 "What we know is that there is a lot of variation state-wide in the implementation of that best practice," said Professor Hunter. "The grant from SHP allows us to assess OACCP sites across NSW, look at the reasons why clinical practice varies and what are the barriers to full implementation of the guidelines.

Other grant recipients from NSLHD were:

Professor Johnathan Morris - Does real time data reduce clinical variation and improve patient outcome in acute chest pain?

Professor Sarah Hilmer - Polypharmacy in the Elderly - develop and provide information for patients and caregivers at discharge from acute geriatric services about ceasing to use inappropriate medications identified during their hospital stay

Professor Johnathan Morris and colleagues - Optimising timing of planned birth to improve newborn outcomes and reduce health service costs.

Gemma Figtree and colleagues – cardiology rapid access clinics