Image: Collaborative co-ordinator Dr Ingrid Hickman (left) with guest speaker Associate Professor Genevieve Healy

Metabolic Research Collaborative

The BDHP Metabolic Research Collaborative brings together a multidisciplinary group of clinicians and scientists from areas including nutrition, gastroenterology, exercise science, renal medicine, hypertension, nursing, endocrinology, and basic scientists with an interest in metabolic medicine, obesity and diabetic complications. The group meets weekly to share ideas, generate discussion around research activity in Brisbane and to hear regular local and national invited speakers updating on topical issues in metabolism. Students, postdocs and senior clinician-scientists collaborate in the vision to create an energetic and collegial support network for metabolic research in Brisbane.

BDHP supports translation of research at Nutrition and Dietetics Research Translation Awards.

The annual awards encourage clinical dietitians across the BDHP sites to critique existing research and translate findings into a clinical application within the Australian healthcare sector.

Nine submissions were received from the Dietetic Departments at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), Mater Health Services and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

BDHP General Manager Areti Gavrilidis, who presented a number of awards, congratulated organiser Dr Ingrid Hickman, PAH Director of Research Nutrition and Dietetics and her team for her ongoing collaborative translational success. Ms Gavrilidis said that it was very rewarding to see dieticians performing this so well and a pleasure to present awards which were an excellent catalyst in putting research translation into practice.

“Academic rigour is of most value when that scientific evidence produced is applied in a practical manner for enhanced patient care and ultimately creates a healthier community,” Ms Gavrilidis said.

“Using the cornerstones of Change, Measurement and Improvement, your projects in dietetics and nutrition show that dieticians are excelling in this translation space,” she said.

Congratulations to the first prize winners, a RBWH and QUT collaboration of Jane Musial (RBWH), Wing Yan Leung (student QUT) and Robert Mullins (QUT). This collaboration demonstrated that implementation of a combined Health Clinic model of care for patients with Type 2 Diabetes was able to reduce dietetic wait lists and increase opportunities for student inter-disciplinary practical experience and learning. Further evaluation is taking place, which is also expecting to identify improved clinical outcomes for patients. This is a great example of how this initiative can help to motivate practitioners to identify and address opportunities for research translation and establish collaborative models that also contribute to educational goals. This exceptional project also won the BDHP Partnerships award and the People’s Choice award.

The highly commended award went to Sarah Andersen, who demonstrated the development and implementation of a nutrition support pathway for patients undergoing stem cell transplantation. They were able to identify outcomes including a more efficient approach to nutrition support including significant cost savings.

The BDHP Most Collaborative award went to Claire Dux, whose implementation of a transition feeding protocol on the neurosurgery ward at RBWH involved effective collaboration with nursing staff to improve nutrition outcomes for patients.

The BDHP Education award was won by the RBWH and led by Claire Gardner, whose trial of a new acute eating disorder dietitian role on the internal medicine ward at the RBWH required significant consultation and education of the key stakeholders.

In 2017, the initiative will be expanded to include Dietetic Departments from all Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners sites including Metro North, Metro South, Mater and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospitals.