A group of researchers stand on a stage in front of a screen all holding certificates celebrating their 2019 Fellowship. Lyn Beazley and Gary Geelhoed book end the group


The Western Australian Health Translation Network is committed to supporting translational health and medical research in WA. This ensures research outcomes are translated into changes in policy, practice and innovation to benefit the health and well-being of all Australians. To support the next generation of translational health researchers, we have introduced our Fellowship programs to foster career development and support WA translational projects.


Early Career Fellowships

In 2019, 11 leading Western Australian early career researchers were awarded a WAHTN Early Career Fellowship. This program is supported in part by $1 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) with matched funding from the Fellow’s affiliated organisation.


The 12 month Fellowships are designed to support WA research and translation projects which are:

  • Conducted by research-focused clinicians and other health care professionals with less than 10 years’ post primary degree or within 5 years of a postgraduate degree, with consideration for career breaks / changes
  • Collaborative and involve consumers throughout the research project
  • Aligned with MRFF and health service priority areas
  • Improve health care, health systems, health policy and public health


In 2019, emphasis was placed on supporting Allied Health, Biostatistician and Health Economist Fellowships.


Along with salary support for a part-time or full-time position, the successful recipients of the Fellowship are paired with a mentor from the WAHTN Management Committee to guide, support, connect and enhance their experience throughout the year.


Our 2019 Fellowship Recipients:

Early Career FellowProject TitleOrganisation
Dr Gail AlvaresEstablishing an autism phenomics platform for Western AustraliaTelethon Kids Institute
Ms Jodie ArmstrongThe Learn, Engage and Play (LEaP) Study: The Development and Evaluation of a Therapeutic Playgroup for Children with Developmental DelayChild and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Associate Professor Fenella GillUnifying systems for recognition and response to paediatric clinical deterioration in Western AustraliaChild and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Dr Ariel MaceFeBRILe3 – Fever, Blood cultures and Readiness for discharge in Infants less than 3 months oldChild and Adolescent Health Service / South Metropolitan Health Service
Dr Luke MarinovichImpact of consensus guidelines on margins for breast conserving surgery: translation to clinical care in WACurtin University
Dr Ashleigh McEvoyTranslation of ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Research into Clinical PracticeEdith Cowan University
Dr Belinda McLeanImplementation of an evidence-based allied health intervention to improve functional outcomes of children with cerebral palsyChild and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Dr Jing PangTranslational research for improving the care of familial hypercholesterolaemia: closing the gapsThe University of Western Australia
Dr Janessa PickeringDeveloping laboratory diagnostics for Strep A carriage: an essential step to progress vaccine and acute rheumatic fever primary preventionTelethon Kids Institute
Dr Roslyn WardB2: I Can CommunicateChild and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Dr Yue WuProspective evaluation of a clinical decision-support tool to guide antibiotic selection for empiric treatment of urinary infections in childrenTelethon Kids Institute