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, online training modules and other educational resources in the area of health research.

RETP online courses:

    1. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) (Version 3) This training consists of 5 modules that cover key components of GCP including responsibilities, approvals, informed consent, documents, data management, safety and adverse events. Each module has been estimated to take 2 hours of reading and interaction. This training meets the Minimum Criteria for ICH GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors.
    2. A Practical Guide to Critical Appraisal: By the end of the module participants will be able to: (1) Understand what is meant by critical appraisal of a scientific publication; (2) Understand why it is necessary to critically appraise published literature; (3) Become familiar with the key steps in the critical appraisal process; (4) Independently conduct critical appraisal of research articles. Approximately 2 hours to complete.
    3. The Essentials of Writing a Research Protocol: This course is for anyone involved in health related research. By the end of the module participants will be able to: (1) Understand the purpose of the research protocol; (2) Identify the structure and contents of a research protocol; & (3) Recognise the key requirements of a research protocol. Approximately 2 hours to complete.
    4. An Introduction to Health Research: By the end of the module participants will be able to: (1) Demonstrate an understanding of the basis of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in health research; (2) Understand the stages of planning and executing research; (3) Understand the principles of writing health research reports. Approximately 2 hours to complete.
    5. 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. Approximately 3 hours to complete.
    6. Identifying Grant Opportunities: A guide for health researchers: This module is intended to provide participants with an overview of three main areas: (1) Identify funding opportunities; (2) Identify the right funding opportunities for a research project; & (3) Understand eligibility for competitive grants. Approximately 2 hours to complete.
    7. Literature Searching and Management: In this module, participants will learn: (1) How to optimize the literature searching skills, and adds value to the quality of the research output; (2) Gain an efficient strategies in literature; (3) manage the personal literature database. Approximately 1.5 hours to complete.
    8. An Introduction to Immersive Technologies in Healthcare: In this course we introduce different immersive technologies including virtual and augmented realities. Participants will learn about different applications of immersive technologies in health research and education. Furthermore, current best practices will be demonstrated. Approximately 1 hour to complete.

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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.