ROUND 1

2020

 iPREP Round 1 round ran from 17 February - 03 April 2020 and connected 21 PhD students to 7 organisations and projects. 

"We would highly recommend the program to anyone with a research idea that can be achieved in 7 weeks. The ongoing friendships and networking for the wider team has added significantly to our understanding of PhD students and the diversity brought by the students was outstanding and enhanced our team immeasurably! Thank you for the opportunity!"

 

(Caroline Shepherd, ECU Business Growth and Development)

Established in 2001, IBN is a charitable business operated for the advancement and prosperity of the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli peoples of the Pilbara.

We provide programs and services to raise the personal, social and economic well-being of our members and deliver support and programs in health, education, housing, culture, enterprise development and employment.

 

Our staff of 50 based in Port Hedland, Karratha and Tom Price provide support and opportunities to more than 1,500 people and their families and we do this in three key ways:

  1. Community Programs - Financial assistance in times of emergency or crisis.

  2. Field Officers - Assistance and personal support to the IBN Community.

  3. Projects and businesses - Building sustainable and positive futures with a focus on education, employment, business enterprise, and cultural support.

This iPREP team was mentored by Perth Biodesign 

PROJECT TITLE

A Study of Suicide in the Pilbara Region of WA

PROJECT SUMMARY

Mental health especially suicide is a major problem in the Pilbara region and this is particularly relevant to the communities in which we operate.

 

Whilst there is anecdotal evidence available which can be unreliable at times, we need a specific study that identifies the relevant causes, symptoms and other issues that can impact on individuals, families and the community in general.

 

It is expected that the students will engage in extensive research, discussions and liaison with government agencies and external third parties, and collect data through a review of available literature/studies.  We anticipate that our students will be able to summarise and present their key findings in a manner that will facilitate further discussions and lead to a comprehensive joint effort with relevant external agencies to address this critical issue. The students will be able to utilise their intellectual talent and research skills to uncover information that will have an impact on future generations to come.

 

This opportunity will enable students to enhance their communicating, influencing and networking skills and will be of benefit to their future careers.

 

Meet The Team

TESFA EMIRRU

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ARTS AND HUMANITIES

LANA STOCKTON

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HUMANITIES

JULIANA GADRET DA SILVA

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HUMANITIES/ BUILD ENVIRONMENT

PROJECT TITLE

Developing an integrated framework to measure student engagement online.

PROJECT SUMMARY

This project seeks to develop a framework to measure student engagement in an online learning environment effectively. Student engagement is an important predictor of student success and satisfaction; however, it has been measured in an online setting inconsistently and without a solid theoretical foundation. Students will review the literature on student engagement and online user experience, by integrating information system and services research into educational research to better inform practice. Specifically, they will identify sub-constructs in the multiple dimensions of student engagement online and develop a conceptual framework that suggests how these constructs could be measured using an educational technology platform.

Cinglevue International​ develops innovative solutions for organisations operating within the Early Years Learning to Higher Education domain. Our goal is to make learning tangible and realisable for all and we have developed our​ ​Virtuoso enterprise learning platform​ to actively support teachers, learners, and the education community in this endeavour.

 

Cinglevue actively seeks collaborative research opportunities in order to facilitate the transformation of transferred knowledge into technology that drives future features and products and builds credibility and authenticity based on common research interests. We actively engage in research both internally and in collaboration with leading Australian universities to continually enhance the capabilities of our products in light of on-going advances in research, technology, and educational practice.

Meet The Team

QIN CHEN

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EDUCATION

NADEZHDA CHUBKO

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EDUCATION

MENGYUAN LI

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BUSINESS

South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) is one of the Perth metropolitan public health service providers, consisting of:

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital

  • Fremantle Hospital

  • Rockingham General Hospital

  • Murray District Hospital

  • Peel Health Campus delivered as a public private partnership with Ramsay Health Care Limited.

SMHS delivers hospital and community based public healthcare services to a population of approximately 659,000 people.

Our new Innovation Centre is supporting staff to design and implement innovative solutions to improve service delivery and outcomes for our community.

 

Our motto is Goombah Kaartdijin, a Nyoongar phrase that can be translated as Big Dreaming. 

PROJECT TITLE

SMasHS Fitness for Recovery ​

PROJECT SUMMARY

To establish a sustainable network of flexible options for SMHS patients to access best practice strength and fitness exercise therapy to enhance recovery and outcomes related to surgery and cancer treatment. Including mental health cohorts and including digital health support options. It will also include metabolic health solutions more broadly – not just strength and fitness

This iPREP team was mentored by Perth Biodesign

 

Meet The Team

JOSE IGNACIO (NACHO) MORENO SUAREZ

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PHYSIOTHERAPY & EXERCISE SCIENCE

MOHD SHEERAZ

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PHARMACY & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

ALISHUM ALI

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MOLECULAR &

LIFE SCIENCES

PROJECT TITLE

Global opportunities for non-cyanide gold treatment.

PROJECT SUMMARY

MPS technology includes a series of leaching technologies that could be a partial or complete replacement for cyanide. We have a market ready alternative now that has been demonstrated to reduce cyanide by over 80% and eliminates free cyanide in tailings. In conjunction with Curtin University, we are also developing cyanide free alternatives that use various additives that when used with Glycine are effective in leaching gold. 

 

Students will review the specifics of the various environmental regulations established by regulatory bodies in Australia, selected mining jurisdictions overseas, and the International cyanide code to ascertain likely trends and legal requirements that might evolve in the next 10 years. The project will map current and developing technologies to these identified trends and requirements and consider how MPS may be able to position itself as a leader in influencing the development and adoption of alternatives. 

MPS technology includes a series of leaching technologies that could be a partial or complete replacement for cyanide. We have a market ready alternative now that has been demonstrated to reduce cyanide by over 80% and eliminates free cyanide in tailings. In conjunction with Curtin University, we are also developing cyanide free alternatives that use various additives that when used with Glycine are effective in leaching gold. 

 

Students will review the specifics of the various environmental regulations established by regulatory bodies in Australia, selected mining jurisdictions overseas, and the International cyanide code to ascertain likely trends and legal requirements that might evolve in the next 10 years. The project will map current and developing technologies to these identified trends and requirements and consider how MPS may be able to position itself as a leader in influencing the development and adoption of alternatives. 

Meet The Team

SAMIRA MOKHTAR

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ENGINEERING & ENERGY

ALAA NAYYEF

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MOLECULAR & LIFE SCIENCES

CHRIS (ZIXING) QIN

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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF MINES

The Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) provides a comprehensive service supporting the health, wellbeing and development of young Western Australians. We aim to ensure that children and young people get the best start in life through health promotion; early identification and intervention; and patient-centred, family-focused care.

This iPREP team was mentored by Perth Biodesign

PROJECT TITLE

Innovation Hub for children in WA​

PROJECT SUMMARY

CAHS is seeking to establish an innovation hub to support and enable innovation across the health service.  CAHS intends to foster a culture of open collaboration and integration within the service building on the existing culture of safety and quality. The project will include exploring opportunities share an innovation hub with other Government child service providers.

 

These outcomes will provide CAHS with a roadmap for the development of an innovation hub and building a culture of innovation across the service.

 

Meet The Team

ALINA NAVEED

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HUMAN SCIENCES

SOFIE LINDEBERG

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PSYCHOLOGY

TRAM DANG

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EDUCATION

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries works collaboratively with government, community organisations, peak bodies and other stakeholders to achieve our vision of an enlivened Western Australia with successful communities and economy.

 

The Sport and Recreation sector in WA aims to promote participation and achievement in sport and recreation to support a healthy lifestyle for all Western Australians through physical activity.

 

The Participation Initiatives unit delivers community programs across the functional areas of KidSport, Camps, Trails and Participation more broadly. In 2011 the KidSport’ voucher scheme was introduced to support children between 5 and 18ys, from low-income families to encourage and foster participation in sport.

PROJECT TITLE

The cost of Junior Sport in Western Australia

PROJECT SUMMARY

Junior sport gives thousands of children the opportunity to be active, sociable and compete in a game they love. As a nation we are encouraged to be involved in sport, however, for some families, the cost of this sport is prohibitive. Influences on children’s participation in junior sport is multidimensional, however recent studies have identified the cost of fees and equipment as a significant barrier to children’s ongoing participation in junior sport. Different sports codes have different financial demands. In recent years anecdotal feedback and that tracked through various studies throughout Australia outlines that junior sporting clubs are attributing the rise in season fees due to a drop-off in sponsorship (due to worsening economy), rising levels and costs of accreditation for coaching/umpiring, merchandising/uniforms, higher insurances and lack of volunteers (paying to outsource services). In some cases, fees can be up to $1000 a season for a child under 18. To date there isn’t a broad range of research in Australia that identifies the club pricing strategies for junior sports or comparative data between sporting codes. The aim of this project is to conduct a state-wide study into the cost of junior sport from a cross-section of sporting codes in Western Australia. The study will aim to include series of qualitative case studies that will help to identify the range of cost influences including locality, association fees, insurances, operational costs, equipment and uniforms.

 

This investigation will consider both a) the cost of sport i.e. the amount a child pays across different sport and different locations; and b) Factors impacting the cost of sport i.e. what is included in the makeup of fees.

Meet The Team

ROBBIE KNOX

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PSYCHOLOGY

LISA WOODWARD

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ARTS - ASIA RESEARCH CENTRE

NIMRATPAL KAUR

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CIVIL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

This iPREP team was mentored by Perth Biodesign

Cervical ChinUp is a start-up medical device company focused on the invention, development and commercialisation of innovative neck support solutions for the global consumer and medical orthotics market. The product ChinUp has been marketed through a direct to consumer channel and we are looking to expand our market.

PROJECT TITLE

ChinUp Market Research 

PROJECT SUMMARY

​Conduct a market research on the suitable patient population for ChinUp to expand the target market for our product. The students will conduct interviews with the relevant stakeholders and identify pathways to new target markets.

 

Meet The Team

IVONNE TSHUMA

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ENGINEERING & ENERGY

BASIL AMUZU-SEFORDZI

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AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

SANAM ABEDINI

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CIVIL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING