Research Projects Attract Funding Boosts

24 Apr 2018

The value of a local research organisation such as the Clifford Craig Foundation has been highlighted in recent months with the research undertakings of two LGH researchers being awarded external funding boosts to broaden their research activity.

LGH Emergency Department nurse Maria Unwin undertook a study into Emergency Department patient access as part of a Clifford Craig Batchelor of Nursing Honours Scholarship in 2015. She has since expanded her research to a collaborative study with three regional hospitals in Queensland where the aim is to develop a draft regional strategy for reducing non- urgent presentations in emergency. The research team has been awarded a $70,000 funding grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation to undertake the project.

Meanwhile, infectious diseases specialist, Prof Katie Flanagan has been awarded an NHMRC Project Grant of $795,000 to further support her Clifford Craig funded Vaccine Trial research. Clifford Craig CEO, Peter Milne said the NHMRC grant was an endorsement of the groundbreaking research being undertaken by Prof Flanagan at the Launceston General Hospital. “Katie is a highly regarded researcher and the outcomes of this study into the effect of vaccines on the immune systems of elderly Tasmanians will be beneficial for future health implications on a global scale,” he said.

“The seed-funding provided by the Foundation for each of these projects has strongly enabled the opportunity to attain the additional funding grants from external sources. It is a wonderful achievement for Maria and Katie, and a great example of the valuable role of our local Foundation.”