Research

"Research is creating new knowledge." Neil Armstrong

This document has been curated by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources about researching.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional development in research

Contributing to the development of new knowledge through research and applying that knowledge in day-to-day clinical settings is essential to ensure the best possible outcomes in medical research.

Key behaviours/areas include:

  • Strive to improve medical practice through participation in clinical research and development
  • Ensure that prior to commencement all research projects are reviewed and approved by an appropriately constituted research ethics committee
  • Uses evidence-based medicine approach to present findings in a critical and analytical manner
  • Always looks for better solutions to improve care and opportunities for innovation

For further information on patterns of behaviour and behaviour markers in the area of researching please refer to the SPPP Guide.

Short on time? Try this:

CPD tipPRACTICE TIP:  You can learn a lot about researching from your peers:

  • join or start a local group
  • talk to your local expert researcher
  • find a mentor

1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes
    The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) is the peak body for medical research institutes (MRIs) across Australia. Their website provides information on medical research, news, events, publications and policy and advocacy.

  • Australian Society for Medical Research
    The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is the professional society representing Australian health and medical research. They provide news, links to events, publications, advocacy, funding and assistance with mentoring.

  • BioMelbourne Network
    The BioMelbourne Network is an industry forum for the Victorian biotechnology industry. Their membership includes 191 organisations from the biotechnology, medtech and research sectors. Through a research library they provide news and information on the medical research field.

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards. Their website includes guidelines and general information about grants, funding, research, ethics and links to publications.

  • Health Departments
    The following health department websites provide practical and local information about grants, research priorities, commercialisation, ethics and more:

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

  • Harvard Medical School - Podcasts
    These podcasts take you behind the scenes at Harvard Medical School. They highlight cutting-edge research, innovative education programs, and trends in biomedicine through interviews and analysis.

  • Harvard Medical School - Video library
    This collection of videos from Harvard Medical School provides fresh scientific discoveries, trends in biomedical research and education, profiles of thought leaders, conversations on health policy and more.

  • Ted.com - Medical research
    A collection of TED Talks on a wide range of topics related to medical research.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these events and courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • ANU – research training
    The Australian National University offers short courses and seminars to help develop your research and innovation skills. Topics include safety, ethics and commercialisation.

  • Flinders University - workshops and seminars
    Flinders University runs workshops and seminars throughout the year. You can register for upcoming events, or watch previous presentations. Topics include mentor training, research ethics, biosafety and publishing strategies.

  • NSW OHMR - Bioinformatics Training
    The Bioinformatics Training Program is intended for researchers, clinicians, health professionals and academics. It provides hands-on training workshops that to improve the analysis and interrogation of genomic datasets.

  • Stanford University - Medical Education online courses
    The National Institutes of Health, through its Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, offers several courses for online training in the area of clinical research.

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Australia’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal
    This portal has been developed to help Australian clinicians and policy-makers access clinical practice guidelines via a single entry point. This portal is an initiative of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

  • National Health and Mental Research Council
    The National Health and Mental Research Council through its Research Help Centre (RHC) provides support for researchers and administering institutions in relation to the research grants and funding.

  • Stanford University - Researcher resources
    Stanford University provides useful resources, including detailed task lists, for all stages of clinical research from design and sourcing funding to publication.

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Note: High impact research journals in your discipline or area of interest would be the most useful.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • ICMJE - Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
    These recommendations from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors were developed to help authors, editors and others involved in peer review and biomedical publishing create and distribute accurate, clear, reproducible, unbiased medical journal articles.

  • National Health and Medical Research Council
    The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research guides institutions and researchers in responsible practices and promotes integrity. It assists institutions in developing employee codes of conduct and procedures by providing a comprehensive framework of acceptable academic standards.

  • Retraction Watch
    This blog by Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky tracks important retractions (mainly in the life sciences) and comments on related issues including publication practices, research practices, whistleblowing and transparency.

  • STARD
    This 2002 WHO publication is intended to assist regulatory authorities, sponsors, investigators and ethics committees in implementing good clinical practice in clinical research.

  • STROBE
    STROBE is an international initiative of epidemiologists, methodologists, statisticians, researchers and journal editors who aim to strengthen the reporting of observational studies in epidemiology. Their website provides useful recommendations and tools.

  • PRISMA
    PRISMA is a minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The PRISMA Statement and accompanying tools focus on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research.

  • World Health Organisation
    This 2002 WHO publication is intended to assist regulatory authorities, sponsors, investigators and ethics committees in implementing good clinical practice in clinical research.

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