Research and consultation

Listed on this page are the latest primary care research and consultation opportunities in the Brisbane south region.*

Syphilis in pregnant women and their newborn infants in Queensland: assessment of outcomes and evaluation of barriers to care.

The University of Queensland; Children’s Health Queensland HHS; Metro North HHS; Mater Health Service.

Have You Diagnosed or Managed SYPHILIS During a PREGNANCY or provided care to a NEONATE born to someone diagnosed with syphilis during a pregnancy?

In South East Queensland (SEQ), the incidence of syphilis infection in pregnancy has been increasing during the last decade with a resultant increase in cases of congenital syphilis and syphilis-associated adverse perinatal outcomes (Queensland Health, 2018).

We’re looking for healthcare professionals who have had experience in screening and/or managing a syphilis diagnosis in pregnancy, congenital syphilis and/or neonates diagnosed with syphilis to take part in an interview of approximately 30 to 60 minutes at a time and place most convenient for them. During the interview, we will explore your experiences and thoughts about the management of syphilis in pregnancy.

Participants will receive a $150.00 gift card following the interview as a token of appreciation of your time.

Are you eligible?

  • Australian-licensed healthcare professional over 18 years of age
  • Have experience in screening and/or managing syphilis diagnosis in pregnancy, congenital syphilis and/or in neonates

If you are interested in learning more about the study and being involved, please contact Dr Judith Dean: or James Fowler:

You are invited to participate in a brief survey about the clinical supervision practices of health professional staff, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian General Practitioners are invited to complete a short online survey (5 – 10 minutes) on their experiences in managing patients with multimorbidity.

The survey is part of a Flinders University PhD program of research investigating general practitioner perspectives on multimorbidity in the context of life-limiting illness.

Are you a health professional working with children aged 4 – 12 years? Children’s Health Queensland and the University of Queensland are looking for health professionals to participate in a research program to develop a Queensland-wide healthy families program aiming to help prevent childhood obesity. If you would like to be part of this exciting project, please click here.

Every year in Australia, over 10,000 children experience a life-threatening illness or injury. While paediatric intensive care survival is extremely high due to improvements in care, treatment and technology, there is currently no formal follow-up pathway to monitor children following a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) admission.

General Practitioners are invited to participate in a survey on the perceptions of looking after children following a PICU admission utilising a shared care pathway. This survey has received ethical clearance from Children’s Health Queensland. Completion is voluntary and anonymous, and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. For more information download the flyer here, or click the button below to start the online survey.

There is some evidence that statins may reduce the decline in physical and mental function as well as reducing the incidence of heart disease, stroke and dementia. Therefore, statin treatment may help to prolong healthy independent living.

STAREE is a large community-based, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled primary prevention trial designed to assess whether daily active treatment of 40 mg atorvastatin will enhance disability free survival (death, dementia and disability) and prevent major cardiovascular outcomes in healthy participants aged 70 years and over.

The risks and benefits of statins in the healthy elderly have never been addressed in a large, independent population based trial. The trial fills a gap in the literature that the NHMRC has deemed of value to society. 

The trial has minimal impact on practice staff as STAREE Clinical Trial Coordinators perform all study assessments on trial participants.

This public health study has been funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and Heart Foundation.

How to get involved

Are you interested in becoming a GP co-investigator with the opportunity to use their participation in the STAREE clinical trial to gain RACGP CPD program points? In addition to this you practice will receive a one off $100 payment per randomised participant.

Please contact Morgan See, your local clinical trial coordinator, by email: , or visit the website to learn more.

The COGNISANCE Study (“Co-Designing Dementia Diagnosis And Post Diagnostic Care”) is seeking to recruit General Practitioners and Practice Nurses, for a survey and a short zoom/phone interview. COGNISANCE is based on evidence that people with dementia and their family care partners are often dissatisfied with the diagnostic process and post-diagnostic support. The project aims to improve the experience of dementia diagnosis and post-diagnostic care from the perspectives of people living with dementia, their care partners and health and social care professionals.

The survey is available here; there is one for health practitioners; one specifically for people with dementia (or older people in the community who think they may have dementia); and care partners (people caring for someone with dementia).

If you would like further information, to receive a paper survey or arrange to complete the survey by interview over the phone please contact Dr. Meredith Gresham, COGNISANCE study co-ordinator at


To submit your research opportunity for inclusion on this list, please email us a 200-word summary of your opportunity, including any associated documentation and hyperlinks. Research opportunities will remain on this list for two months unless early removal is requested.

*This is not a comprehensive list of research and consultation opportunities in our region. Inclusion on this list is at the discretion of researchers who have submitted the listing to us. As such, information in the listings may not reflect the views or values of Brisbane South PHN and we do not endorse the information contained therein.

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