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Research Development

Supporting our staff to undertake research is a key pillar of Gold Coast Health’s Research Strategy 2022 – 2024. With the aim of building research capacity and establishing a sustainable research culture, Gold Coast Health provides research development support to our research community. The Research Development team provides support, training and initiatives to support this strategic objective, in collaboration with our partner organisations. 

Biostatistics Support

Our Biostatisticians can assist Gold Coast Health staff in their research from conception to completion. View the Biostatistics Service page for further information.

Good Clinical Practice Training

Gold Coast Health offers in house tailored Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for all staff involved in clinical research. The interactive training is offered as an introductory and refresher course and gives participants understanding of GCP, what being GCP qualified means, and investigator responsibilities and aims to promote compliance with guidelines for research governance, including applicable regulatory compliance. Staff can register via Learning On-Line

Griffith University Academic Title Holders

Research education and development opportunities at Griffith University can be made available to Gold Coast Health medical and health professionals who hold academic titles. The benefits and requirements for academic title status are available here and here. The available training and resources are detailed here.

Interested in a Research Higher Degree while working?

With a growing interest in industry-based PhDs, the Australian Government has launched a National Industry PhD Program. This program provides options for people to complete PhDs while continuing their employment. Staff interested in completing a Research Higher Degree (Masters by Research or PhD), through the National Industry PhD Program or otherwise, may find our partner universities a good place to start. Links are provided below, but potential candidates are encouraged to contact universities to discuss individual cases.

Griffith University 
A site dedicated to PhD-Industry partnerships is provided here and options for the National Industry PhD Program can be found here

Bond University
For further information on enrolling in a Research Higher Degree please see here. Information on scholarships is available here. Specific enquires can be made by contacting the HDR Unit on email:

Southern Cross University
For further information on enrolling in a Research Higher Degree please see here. Information on scholarships is available here.

Evidence-Based Practice Professorial Unit

The Evidence-Based Practice Professorial Unit (EBBPU) is a joint initiative between Bond University and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services. The integration of best evidence into routine clinical care is essential to improving patient outcomes and ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of health services. The aim of the EBBPU is to educate, facilitate and inspire healthcare workers to become active users, participators and leaders in research and evidence-based practice. Services EBPPU provide: 

EBBPU Training and education
  • Evidence-based practice (EBP) workshops customised to your clinical area. Contact Iris Gerke:
  • Interactive plenary and skill session in evidence-based practice. Contact Iris Gerke:
  • Stimulating and engaging workshops:
    • study design and protocol writing;
    • writing for publication;
    • evidence-based practice; and 
    • understanding and conducting systematic reviews. 
  • Please find more information about upcoming EBPPU workshops here.
EBBPU Consulting Services
Building research capacity following EBP training
  • Research mentoring and partnership
  • Enhancing research activity and productivity
  • Assisting the implementation of high-quality research into practice
  • Building a sustainable culture of evidence-based practice

Our areas of research relate to:

  • Minimising low value care, by:
    • Reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment
    • Identifying and minimising use of low value services
    • Encouraging evidence-based clinical decision making
  • Facilitating clinical decision making, by:
    • Evaluating clinical decision aids
    • Encouraging shared decision-making
    • Implementing decision tools into regular workflow and clinical service
  • Minimising antibiotic resistance, by:
    • Generating knowledge on the benefits and harms of antibiotics
    • Facilitating the adaption of effective interventions for antibiotic prescribing

Last updated 19 Dec 2023