Research Excellence Awards2019-05-09T04:40:18+00:00

2019 Research Excellence Awards

High calibre research that is improving healthcare outcomes for patients happens every day across Metro North. Our annual Metro North Research Excellence Awards are a chance to recognise and reward outstanding achievement in research across all clinical specialties and professions.

Employees of Metro North Hospital and Health Service engaged in health and medical research are encouraged to nominate for the awards. There are seven categories reflecting the various stages of research: three individual awards and four project awards.

Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony on 21 May.

Researcher of the Year

An individual award that recognises an exceptional contribution to research which has impacted or has the potential to influence Metro North HHS patient outcomes through translation and/or implementation of research outcomes. Nominations will be sought from the Metro North Research Committee and each of the facility Executive Directors, Directors of Research and Clinical Research Directors/Leads. Direct nominations are also sought.

Award will be announced on the night.

Finalists – People (individual) Awards

Research Support Award

An individual award that recognises an exceptional contribution to research by those who enable research through encouragement, mentorship or inspiration. This award seeks to acknowledge an individual who provides exceptional support and/or leadership that enhances research capacity within Metro North.


  • Therese Starr
  • Dr Frances Kinnear
  • Professor Paul Fulbrook
  • Professor Merrilyn Banks

Rising Star Award

An individual award for early career researchers based on research outcomes achieved within 10 years (full-time equivalent) of commencement of the nominee’s research career at the time of nomination.

A research career will be considered as the date of award of the nominee’s first research higher degree. If the nominee does not have formal research qualifications, then the nominee’s research career will be considered to be the year of the nominee’s first research publication. Career interruptions impacting on full-time equivalence will be considered and assessed on the basis of Research Opportunity and Performance


  • Dr Adrienne Young
  • Dr Clare Burns
  • Associate Professor Andrew Mallet
  • Dr Jack Bell
  • Associate Professor Victoria Eley

Finalists – Project (individual or team) Awards

Discovery and Innovation Research Award

A team award that recognises research innovation, technology (including information technology and biotechnology) and/or basic science research which is relevant to clinical care. The research project addresses fundamental gaps in clinical knowledge through discovery stage research.


  • Redcliffe Hospital Surgical Research Team
  • Dead Heart Project
  • The CATHARSIS Program
  • The Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Research Group

Complex Health Challenges Research Award

A team award that acknowledges research which actively demonstrates multidisciplinary teamwork as integral to all phases of the project/programme of research that impacts on understanding and/or resolution of complex health challenges.


  • TPCH ‘Better Guts’ Multidisciplinary Research Group
  • Allied Health Research Collaborative
  • The Qld Lung Transplant Service Research Team
  • Network for Orthopaedic Fracture Education and Research (NOFEAR) Unit
  • Metro North Mental Health: Let’s Get Physical

Clinical Research Award

A team award that recognises a research project, which is developing new clinical knowledge or trialling innovative approaches relevant to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for our Metro North HHS patients.


  • TPCH Skin Integrity Program
  • The Metro North Early Psychosis Service
  • The CATHARSIS Program
  • RBWH Nutrition and Dietetics and Clinical Haematology Team
  • RBWH Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team

Health Services and Implementation Research Award

A team award that recognises implementation of research and/or health services research, which has led to significant improvements in patient centred outcomes and which impacts on effectiveness, access or efficiency of health service delivery.


  • Caboolture Redcliffe Intensive Care Unit Research Group
  • Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Vascular Access (NMVA) Research Team
  • TPCH ‘Better Guts’ Multidisciplinary Research Group
  • Speech Pathology and Dietetics Head and Neck Cancer Service
  • Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Physiotherapy Screening Clinics Telehealth Team


Metro North Research Excellence Awards is proudly sponsored by:

Union Health
HP Bank
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