Grants and funding

This page contains a number of links to external websites for funding research opportunities. In addition, we are notified of funding through various channels and distribute these to staff accordingly. If you have a project idea that requires funding, register with us so that we may alert you of any opportunities by completing and returning this form.

MNCResearch has a 3.5 hour grant writing workshop available to MNCLHD employees. If you would like to book a workshop for your unit, contact the Research Unit (minimum number of participants is three).

Research Support Grant Program (RSGP)

The goals of the Research Support Grant Program are to:

  • build a culture of research within the MNLCHD
  • increase research capacity and capability within the Mid North Coast
  • develop and conduct locally relevant research projects to improve patient outcomes and health service delivery models
  • gain first-hand experience of the grant writing process.
Guidelines and Application Form

Contact the Research Office ( for the eligibility, guidelines, the application form and dates for the release of the next funding round.

Any questions please email MNC Research Office or phone 02 5524 2490.

Further information for MNCLHD funding opportunities

Email the MNC Research Office or call 02 5524 2490.

Translational Research Grant Scheme (TRGS)

Refer to the Office of Health and Medical Research website for funding opportunities including:

  • The Translational Research Grant Scheme
  • Commercialisation Program
  • Cardiovascular Research Capacity Program
  • PhD Program

and many more…

Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)

Agency for Clinical Innovation

Refer to the ACI website for information.

Project Lead

Grant Amount

Research Project

Joanne Woodlands


Investigating health literacy of Stage 4 breast cancer women in rural NSW: approaches to self-empowerment.

Project Lead

Grant Amount

Research Project

Alison King


A brief stretching intervention for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the perioperative environment: A mixed methods feasibility study.

Nicola Kerr


Childhood obesity training and education for medical students

Tara Flemington


Reducing non-essential tests and interventions in bronchiolitis

Scott Handsaker


To measure patient outcomes and the acceptability, and effectiveness of telehealth for palliative care patients whilst at home.

Vincent Carroll


Exploring the economic benefit of the Parkinson’s nurse specialist position in the Mid North Coast Local Health District of NSW: A pilot retrospective analysis.

Project Lead

Grant Amount

Research Project

Pamela Johnson


IMHpact MNC – Evaluating the benefits of a Regional Mental Health Services Collaborative Structure; collecting data for the second year of the evaluation.

Richard Ball


PeerENT – Perceptions of parents whose infant feeding is supported by Peer Nutrition Education.

Brandi Welsh Cheryl Richardson


Introducing Routine Cognitive Screening of Older Patients in the Emergency Department (ED).

Dr Jenny Jin


Can An Avatar led, digital-coaching program help improve outcomes for patients with persistent lower back and leg pain? A pilot study.

Dr Paul Spillane


Tracking MyHR data in the Emergency Department: effects of enhancing uptake in a high-risk Aboriginal patient group.

Dr Joanne Rowley


Head and neck cancer: a psychosocial impact study.

Vicki Solomon


Investigating avenues to improve the access and engagement of Mid North Coast Brian Injury Rehabilitation Service with the local Aboriginal people.

Dr Theresa Beswick Tracey Moore


Deepening our understanding of the influencing factors for why Aboriginal people leave hospital without completing treatment.

Raelene Kenny


Weight Management for people living with chronic illness: an RCT of a new mobile application.

Helene Jones


Exploring the Relationship Between Aboriginal Workforce Development and Aboriginal Health Outcomes: Individual, family and community perceptions.**

Dr Gillian Gould


MAMAS (Mothers, Aunties, Maternal Aboriginal Smokers) Study.**

Project Lead Grant Amount Research Project
Dr Joanne Rowley $18,692 Glycaemic control to treat foot ulcers: Pilot Study
Frances Guy $16,448 Improving Midwifery Clinical Decision-Making in Perineal Management
Dr Natalie Edmiston $20,000 Cohort study of multimorbidity among people with HIV in regional NSW from 2016
Dr Jane Jelfs $18,000 Translating Q Fever prevention strategies into practice in partnership with general and hospital practitioners
Shanna Fealy $17,697 An app-based postnatal psychoeducational program for first-time mothers – A randomised controlled trials
Dr Joanne Rowley $17,697 Targeting mental healthcare services to meet the needs of suicidal young men
Pamela Johnson $18,700 IMHPact MNC – Evaluating the benefits of a regional mental health services collaborative structure; collecting the baseline data
Catherine Foley / Natalie Wilson $20,000 Developing collaborative partnerships to improve the uptake of evidence-based integrated care across separate mental health and drug and alcohol services. Pilot of Phase 1: Developing motivation for change
Project Lead Grant Amount Research Project
Dr Karen Chia $15,000 The effect of a Mid North Coast outpatient exercise training program on haemodynamics and cardiac magnetic resonance parameters in patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
Olivia Tierney $15,000 Does having access to a postnatal maternity outpatient clinic after discharge from hospital reduce the length of stay for women at PMBH maternity unit?
Heidi Hughes $5,000 Does remedial massage therapy improve immediate and short term outcomes in women who have had surgery for breast cancer and will undertake a standard course of adjuvant radiotherapy – in terms of shoulder function, pain and quality of life?
Deborah Doyle $5,000 Is a patient centred nutrition care plan including pump feeding nutrition regime BETTER than patient self-administered supplement/bolus feeding regime for stabilising nutrition and hydration status, reducing the need for IV fluids for rehydration, as well as improving patient treatment journey for head and neck patients undergoing radiotherapy at the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute who have an enternal feeding device?
Jana Van der Jagt $5,000 Evaluating the integrated model of care for the management of liver disease
Dr Richard Fletcher $14,950 Assessing mobile phone access to child development, parenting and mental health information for young Aboriginal fathers
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