Research Education & Training Program

The Research Education and Training Program aims to empower health research practitioners in the Western Australian health sector to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the planning, design, implementation and translation of successful research that impacts on policy and practice.

The RETP supports researchers and health practitioners by providing high quality, up-to-date and relevant seminars, workshops, on-line training modules and other educational resources in the area of health research.

RETP online courses:

    1. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) (Version 2) - released in May, 2017. The new GCP (V2) includes the ICH GCP 2016 guideline updates and meets the 2017 TransCelerate mutual agreement for GCP training recognition. Each module has been estimated to take 2 hours of reading and interaction.
      *Version 1 was released in October, 2016.

      • GCP Module 1: Origins & Principles
      • GCP Module 2: Researchers Responsibilities & essential documents
      • GCP Module 3: Informed Consent
      • GCP Module 4: Safety Reporting
      • GCP Module 5: Source Data & Data 
    2. Critical Appraisal of Scientific Papers - Teaches a systematic approach to the critical appraisal of peer-reviewed published research.
    3. Foundations of Health Research - Outlines the research process, the benefits of well-constructed research, constructing an answerable research question and different research study design options.
    4. Research Protocol Development - Explains how to develop a successful Study Protocol required in preparation of a research project. It is the what, why, who, where, how and when of the work to be done that describes how the clinical trial or research project will be conducted.  
    5. Identifying Grant Opportunities: A guide for health researchers - Describes how to identify and select the right grant for a research project. Moreover, it outlines how to understand eligibility criteria for competitive grants.
    6. Literature Searching and Management - In this module, participants will see how effective literature searching and reference management inform their research and increase their productivity. This module will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

    7. Health Economics: Application to Research Economic evaluation is a necessary inclusion in translation of health research to policy. An understanding of the resource implications enables budget allocation in a climate of constrained resources. This module is targeted to researchers, but the implications of resource use have relevance for everyone working in health care.

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Additional research skills training modules will continue to become available and will address topics including: scientific writing; research protocol development; literature searching and management; understanding funding opportunities; project grant applications; fellowship applications and team grant applications.

The RETP modules provides foundation, entry level overviews of research skills needed across the entire research process, with additional resources and links to other known training opportunities.

The RETP is suitable for health practitioners, researchers and students of all levels of experience and any clinical background.

On successful completion of each module, a certificate of completion is generated with the participant name and the number of course hours.

This may be used to document a health professional’s Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

The RETP materials can also be tailored by individual institutions or departments for use in research induction processes, to assist in setting expected standards and alert staff entering research to key contacts, training and resources in the field.

Please contact the RETP team to discuss any additional research support and how the RETP may assist your team, department or institution.