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Monday 6 February 2017

Research capacity building for professional practice
By Suzana Sukovic

LARK's first event this year will be an opportunity for some interprofessional learning. In this webinar, our guests will share experiences from health and libraries about different approaches to research capacity building for practice.

Dr Kerith Duncanson will talk about a successful program offered to health professionals in rural and remote areas of New South Wales. The program supports participants to become independent practitioner-researchers. Librarian Edward Luca will reflect on his learning journey during the process of conducting a practice-based research project. Their talks will be followed by discussions and opportunities to share experiences about building research capacity for professional practice.

When: Wednesday, 22 February 4-5pm AEDT (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne)
How to join? Go to this link to join the webinar 

Rural Research Capacity Building graduates 2015 (Kerith Duncanson - the first left)
From experienced health clinician to novice researcher
Dr Kerith Duncanson

The NSW Health Education and Training Institute's (HETI) Rural Research Capacity Building Program provides nurses, doctors and allied health professionals from across NSW with opportunity to build their research skills in a two-year researcher development program. Facilitated by two clinician researchers with teaching supported by health research academics, the program is conducted through a combination of face-to-face workshops, mentor relationships and teleconferences. Candidates step through the research process from research question conception to ethics, study implementation, analysis and report in a supportive research environment and with designated research time.

Dr Kerith Duncanson (BSc, Grad Dip N&D, PhD, APD) is  a Lecturer and Course Coordinator at the University of Newcastle and Rural Research Project Officer for NSW Health. In her diverse career Kerith has worked for 25 years across the public and private sectors in nutrition and dietetics, which led to an interest in child nutrition research and subsequent participation in the 2008 Rural Research Capacity Building Program. Kerith completed her PhD in 2014, and is now pursuing further research in the field of gastroenterology, while managing a novice researcher development program within NSW Health.

Kerith has twelve peer-reviewed publications and has presented her work on child nutrition and functional gastrointestinal nutrition nationally and internationally. She was the 2008 prize winner for best report in the Rural Research Capacity Building Program, and a finalist in the 2011 and 2014 University of Newcastle 3 minute thesis competitions.

From library practitioner to library researcher: making research part of your professional practice
Edward Luca

It can be hard to start a conversation about research, particularly if you’ve never done it before or there’s no precedent at your workplace for such initiatives. Edward will talk about his personal journey in writing academic journal articles based on his work in libraries. In particular, he’ll discuss the value of evidence-based research in informing library practice, and why more library practitioners should become involved in this space.

Edward is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Sydney. @edwardluca

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