WA’s future leaders in health research recognised

Eleven of the leading Western Australian early career researchers have been awarded the inaugural WAHTN Early Career Fellowships in Translational Health Research. This means the Fellows will receive a share of a $1 million fund from the Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund, matching funding from WAHTN partner organisations and external agencies.


Health Minister Roger Cook, has congratulated the new Fellows and praised the State Government’s continual investment in health research. If you would like to read the full statement from the Minister click here

Read on below for a full list of the successful Early Career Fellows:



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