COMMUNICATION AND ONLINE RESOURCES
CURRENT RESEARCH STUDIES There were over 72 research studies conducted by nurses and midwives in progress across the LHD in 2021. Many of the current studies involve collaborations with other health districts. Similarly, many of the studies involve key industry partners from the university sector. Frequent partners include University of Technology Sydney, The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and Western Sydney University. During 2021, the provision of education programs and convening meetings was challenging. We provided flexible options for nurses and midwives, and were particularly cognizant of the effect of the pandemic on higher degree research students. COVID-19 delayed study processes and presented additional challenges to all researchers.
The NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre intranet page contains a range of self-directed learning opportunities and links to research training resources. These are designed to support and guide NSLHD nurses and midwives to build their knowledge about evidence-based practice (EBP). It is also an ideal place for clinicians who wish to embark on practice inquiry, quality improvement, or research. In addition, a monthly newsletter is disseminated, focused on showcasing nursing and midwifery research activity across NSLHD. The newsletter also provides details of upcoming grants, scholarships, conferences, resources, and researcher tips. RESEARCH DEGREE STUDENTS There were 14 nurses and midwives undertaking higher degrees by research at several universities across Sydney in 2021. The degrees include Master (Research or Philosophy) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). To support nurses and midwives undergoing research degrees, the NSLHD Higher Degree Research Network met regularly and was provided with operational support by the Centre.
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