NSLHD News September 3 2021

fellowship to strengthen commercial research opportunities Doctor Cindy Shu will

Hospital, and soon after got a job as an AHA with the physiotherapy department on aged care and other acute wards at the hospital. But at this stage, Arunodaya realised she also wanted to gain further insights into social work. “Being able to complete this course was a huge achievement for me,” she said. “This course has allowed me to expand my knowledge and attain extra skills which has qualified me to perform better in this aspect of work as an “I’m very excited to be collaborating with Regeneus and welcome the chance to be part of their mentoring program which will guide me through the pathway between bench and bedside.” The Kolling’s Professor Chris Little said the REDI program is an exciting initiative aligned with “Our program expects researchers to return to their home institution so this ensures we embed high-level, industry- ready experience in the research sector,” he said. Cindy has welcomed the chance to be involved in the program. “This opportunity will help me pursue my research interest in osteoarthritis, and will ensure research translation, rather than having valuable data remain solely in the research-publication loop,” she said.

in Social Work – making her the first allied health assistant (AHA) with this qualification at Northern Sydney Local Health District. This is the second allied health assistant certificate Arunodaya has received, having completed her Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance – Physiotherapy back in 2019. At that time she joined the in-reach rehabilitation team at Royal North Shore have a key role in building commercial capabilities at the Kolling after receiving a fellowship from the Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) program. The program provides financial support to medical technology and pharmaceutical companies to bring the best talent in- house to work on priority medical research projects. Cindy is one of just two researchers in NSW to receive the fellowship, and will now work within Regeneus, a regenerative medicine company to progress clinical trials for osteoarthritis treatments. MTPConnect Managing Director and CEO Dr Dan Grant said supporting researchers to move seamlessly between research and industry is critical for the growth of Australia’s medical technology and pharmaceutical sector.

Doctor Cindy Shu

allied health assistant in the rehabilitation team.” Rehabilitation Coordinator Nicola Kertanegara said Arunodaya has proven herself to be a very dedicated and hard- working member of the in-each team. “This qualification means that Aruna can assist the rehabilitation team at RNSH to organise community services,” she said. “Having this extra help means our social worker has a lot more support and time to spend with patients and their families.” our key goal of bridging medical research and health. “Improving collaboration between academic medical research and industry partners is critical to translating fundamental science discovery into successful treatments for patients,” he said. “I’m thrilled that Cindy has been selected for an MTP connect REDI fellowship. What she learns at Regeneus about the pathways in commercial research and development will not only advance her career, but will help the wider Kolling research community as well.”

nslhd’s first Social Work Allied Health Assistant Arunodaya Aruva (pictured on the front cover) recently completed the Allied Health Assistant certificate



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