In July 2021 the Centre held its first INNOVATE workshop. The purpose of the INNOVATE workshops is to build capacity in research for early-mid career researchers (EMCRs), facilitate the development of collaborations and promote research excellence through the development of inter-and multidisciplinary research teams.
This round two projects were awarded start-up funding. The Centre wishes to congratulate Dr Paul Leong and Dr Rebecca McLoughlin!
Scaling Vocal Cord Dysfunction Multidisciplinary Team Clinics in Australia and New Zealand to serve an unmet clinical need, build capacity and facilitate research
Dr Paul Leong (Monash University, primary supervisor Professor Phil Bardin) presented “Scaling Vocal Cord Dysfunction Multidisciplinary Team Clinics in Australia and New Zealand to serve an unmet clinical need, build capacity and facilitate research”. Paul’s project focused on the management of Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD). Paul detailed that VCD results in disabling breathlessness, excessive healthcare utilisation and recurrent oral corticosteroid prescriptions. VCD multidisciplinary team (MDT) clinics can streamline diagnosis, reduce healthcare utilisation and lower oral corticosteroid use.
Treatable Traits: health literacy and patient engagement
Dr Rebecca McLoughlin (University of Newcastle, primary supervisor Professor Vanessa McDonald) presented “Treatable Traits: health literacy and patient engagement”. Rebecca identified that suboptimal adherence, whether intentional or not, is one of the main contributors to poor asthma outcomes. There are several patient-centred factors that drive suboptimal treatment adherence in people with asthma. These include; low health literacy, disease knowledge, and perceived need for asthma treatment/medications.