The value of accessing PhD level expertise to review internal programs has proved an attractive proposition for the Department of Health’s Research and Development Unit (RDU), with the unit currently undertaking a second round of iPREP.
RDU selected a diverse group of researchers to review and evaluate two long standing health research funding programs- Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF) and Research Translation Projects (RTP).
The research team of four Doctoral students are currently split up into pairs to focus on specific tasks suited to their diverse skillsets.
Adnan Mannan a pharmacy and biomedical science student from Curtin University joined with Joanne Baitz an art history student from UWA to prepare a report on the MHRIF program, which provides infrastructure funding to established, high-performing researchers.
The second pair, made up of public health student from Curtin University Niranjani Wickramasinghe and UWA educational psychology student Kamari Houlis are evaluating the RTP program to assess its benefits and cost savings to the WA health system.
The students are 5 weeks into the project and will be pitching their findings to the organisation next week.
Original article: http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/News/Students-cast-critical-eyes-over-res