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Overseas awards 2017/18

 

Applications for 2017 funding have now closed. The grants assessment committee will review all applications and offer their recommendations to the Arthritis Australia Board by late October.


The Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship for 2017/18

 

Grant amount: $75,000AUD (for a period of 12 months)

This grant is designed to give a rheumatologist who is about to or has completed training in Rheumatology within the last two years an opportunity to undertake further clinical or research training overseas in an approved institution in any county.

This fellowship is jointly funded by the Australian Rheumatology Association and Roche Products Pty Ltd.

 

Guidelines

  1. The recipient must be a member of the Australian Rheumatology Association.

  2. The recipient must be in the last year of Advanced Training in Rheumatology or have completed their training in the previous two years.

  3. The grant will be a stipend of $75,000AUD to cover all costs related to travel and training overseas for a period of 12 months.

  4. Applicants need to provide a detailed plan of the training program including a letter of support from the head of the relevant department in the intended overseas institution. This documentation needs to accompany the application form, along with the applicant’s curriculum vitae.

  5. The successful applicant will normally be expected to take up the training position within one calendar year of the application.

  6. Within three months of completion of the training year the successful applicant will be required to submit a written report in laymen’s terms about the project (for publication) as well as a full scientific report to Arthritis Australia and to the Australian Rheumatology Association. We also require copies of any publications resulting from this work as these help in promoting our fundraising efforts. 

 

To download the application form for the Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship click here.

 


The recipient of the 2016/17 Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship is Dr Clare Owens.

Dr Owens will be undergoing her training at the Department of Rheumatology, Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Leeds and Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

The research is entitled: The role of bisphosphonates in hip osteoarthritis: can this therapy reduce pain and slow structural deterioration?

Dr Owens is an Advanced Trainee at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. She will be completing her core rheumatology training in July 2016 and her final 12 months in Leeds during this project. Completing her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery in 2009, she graduated with high distinctions.

Dr Owens is passionate about delivering the highest standard of clinical care to patients and making a valuable contribution to rheumatology and clinical medicine. With very high written and oral communication skills, she contributes regular presentations at both the weekly journal club and fortnightly rheumatology departmental meetings at RBWH. 



The Leanne Stafford Award 2017/18

 

Grant amount: $50,000AUD stipend. (for a period of 12 months). It will not be renewable.

The Leanne Stafford Award is to support a young Australian rheumatologist or Australian graduate in the pursuit of a year of research or clinical experience in an interstate or overseas institute.

To be eligible, the candidate must be a rheumatologist who has completed their advanced training within the preceding five (5) years.

 

Guidelines

  1. The recipient must be a member of the Australian Rheumatology Association.
  2. The recipient must be a rheumatologist who has completed their advanced training within the preceding five (5) years.
  3. The grant will be a stipend of $50,000AUD to cover all costs related to travel and training interstate or overseas for a period of 12 months.
  4. Applicants need to provide a detailed plan of the training program including a letter of support from the head of the relevant department in the intended institution. This documentation needs to accompany the application form, along with the applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  5. The successful applicant will normally be expected to take up the training position within one calendar year of the application.
  6. Within three months of completion of the training year the successful applicant will be required to submit a
    • scientific report that describes the achievements of the grant and includes references for original papers that have been published or accepted for publication, as well as information about meetings at which you may have presented the research and a
    • ‘plain language’ report that not only outlines the achievements of the grant, but places the objectives of the research in a wider disease context and explains the importance of your findings to people with musculoskeletal disease.

The plain language report is of particular importance. It will be published and used to advise the principal donor(s) of the outcomes of the grant, as well as to communicate your research to a broader non-scientific readership. It must be written in ‘everyday’ language, and scientific terminology should be avoided.

 

The recipient of the 2016/17 Leanne Stafford Award is Dr Rebecca James.

Dr James will be undergoing her training at the Department of Rheumatology, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London UK.

Her project will be to observe the incorporation of clinical and laboratory ­based research into day-to-day clinical practice in a major quaternary Paediatric Rheumatology centre, over a 12 month period, with a view to developing the currently under-represented contribution of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to international paediatric rheumatology clinical trials and research, and thus to improve the care of children with rheumatic disease in this region.

Dr James is a Clinical Fellow in Rheumatology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London with degrees in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Throughout her training career, she has been actively involved in numerous research projects, as well as building her clinical skills in paediatric rheumatology.

Dr James has a broad view of health care delivery and a passion for exploring ways to support our less resourced Asia-Pacific neighbours in developing workforce and training programs in paediatric rheumatology. With a growing list of academic publications, her work has been published in several newspapers, magazines and student publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald. Dr James has an impressive list of posters, abstracts and presentations including her most recent Intra-articular steroid injections: 5 years' experience in a tertiary Paediatric Rheumatology centre. James R, Allen R, Buckle J, Cox A, Gowdie P, Akikusa, J. Poster presentation PRES 2014 and PRES YIM meeting 2014. And "The Great Escape: Life-threatening vasculitis in a young infant" Australian Rheumatology Association National Paediatric Satellite Meeting, May 2014. Case presentation.

 

 

 

Reviewed and updated July 2016

 
 
 
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