Education Development Grants

2023 (Round 1) recipients

Dr Ei Aung
RACP AChSHM Education Development Grant ($4,000)
Detection of Treponema pallidum at asymptomatic oral, anal, and vaginal sites in men and women reporting sexual contact with syphilis

ei-aung Dr Aung is a consultant sexual health physician at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Auckland. She completed general practice and sexual health medicine training in Victoria, Australia. She has been actively involved in clinical research in sexual health medicine and has presented at both national and international conferences.

She is currently undertaking a PhD through Monash University under the supervision of A/Pro Eric Chow, Prof Kit Fairley, and Prof Marcus Chen. Her PhD research focuses on addressing knowledge gaps in epidemiology of syphilis and investigating novel interventions for syphilis control.

Dr Lisa Hong
Eric Burnard Fellowship ($10,000)
Optimising Earlier Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy by the Utilisation of Early Biomarkers in High Risk Infants

lisa-hong Dr Lisa Hong is an Advanced Trainee through the RACP Paediatrics and Child Health and due to complete her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship in the coming months. She is working as a Neonatology Fellow at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit based at the Mater Mother's Hospital and the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland.

She has a background of a Bachelor of Pharmacy through the University of Queensland and a Diploma of Child Health through The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network/Sydney Medical School. Her previous experience and journey through pharmacy and medicine have given her research opportunities increasing her passion to contribute to the health knowledge in her current field of neonatology and gain expertise that is relevant and progressive.

Her prior research experience in inotropic support in neonates has increased her passion to further her research career and impact her clinical practice in order to improve overall patient outcomes. Her current research is in the area of examining the relationship between early biomarkers in neurodevelopment outcome of high risk patients for Cerebral Palsy. She is also passionate about medical education and mentorship and loves to work in a team-based environment and celebrate the success of others.

Dr Sophie Jessop
Skilled Medical Scholarship for the Advancement of Indigenous Health ($5,000)
Educational tools for Aboriginal children with cancer

sophie-jessop Sophie Jessop is a paediatric oncologist at the Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) in Adelaide, having trained at WCH, Sydney Children's Hospital (NSW) and the Children's Hospital at Westmead (NSW). Sophie has an interest in solid tumours, palliative care (MPallC), precision medicine and Aboriginal Health. Her overall grant total is $2.8 million dollars to date and she has written, or has in preparation, 14 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals.

She has led or been heavily involved in numerous projects relating to improving outcomes and equity for Aboriginal children with a diagnosis of cancer. Sophie's current goal with the team at WCH is to develop culturally adapted educational resources for Aboriginal families, hoping to improve understanding, follow-up and outcomes.

Dr Alum Sheila Uyirwoth
RACP AFOEM Education Development Grant ($10,000)
AFOEM Advanced Trainee Education Development Grant

alum-uyirwoth Dr Uyirwoth is an Advanced Trainee in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, based in Sydney NSW. Dr Uyirwoth holds degrees in engineering and medicine. She commenced her training in Western Sydney and Bathurst NSW; initially completing a Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and then embarked on Occupational and Environmental Medicine training.

Dr Uyirwoth underwent additional training in aviation, diving and hyperbaric medicine and industry training in railway, coal board and seafarer assessments and is a Medical Review Officer. She has a professional interest in aviation medicine.

Past recipients

Dr Davina Buntsma
2021 | RACP Paediatric Small Study Grant ($10,000)
The HEAT Study - Hospital Experiences of Adolescents at Top End Health

Dr Davina Buntsma Dr Davina Buntsma is a dual Advanced Trainee in General Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine with a strong interest in Indigenous Health.

She is currently working as an Adolescent Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.




Dr Keith Hall
2021 | RACP AChSHM Study Grant ($2,500)
What methods are used to notify people of their contact with an STI prompting them to attend SSHC and how soon after do they attend?

Dr Keith Hall Dr Keith Hall graduated from James Cook University in 2012 and has had extensive experience in inpatient acute general medicine, geriatrics and rehabilitation.

He is a current Sexual Health advanced trainee and aims to dual train with infectious diseases. Areas of interest for future research participation includes HIV and aging, use of AI in medicine and antimicrobial stewardship.



Dr Gopakumar Hariharan
2021 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($5000)
Implementation of the ONESIM interprofessional obstetric and neonatal workshop in rural Queensland

Dr Gopakumar Hariharan Gopakumar Hariharan is a consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist in Mackay, Queensland. He has a special interest in medical education and simulation and is a senior lecturer with James Cook University. He regularly instructs in various educational programs, including Neoresus, Optimus core and advanced paediatric life support.

He has extensive experience both overseas and in Australia and has trained in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. He worked as a fellow in Monash Newborn before moving to Queensland. Gopakumar enjoys music and reading during his spare time.

Dr Priyanka Kapadia
2021 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($5000)
Neonatal Hemodynamics Subspecialty Fellowship and Neonatal Hemodynamics/Transport Fellowship - University of Toronto

Dr Priyanka KapadiaDr Priyanka Kapadia recently completed her specialist training in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine in 2020. She graduated from the University of Queensland School of Medicine in Brisbane, Australia. After completing internship, she then went on to complete her paediatric training in New South Wales and Queensland. She completed her training in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at the Mater Mother’s Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland.

She then went on to pursue further training in neonatal haemodynamics at the Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada, one of the leading academic centers in this field. She has a passion for understanding cardiorespiratory physiology and the use of ultrasound to improve neonatal care. On returning to Australia, she hopes to consolidate her ultrasound skills and pursue further research in neonatal haemodynamics. She is currently also completing a large research study on neonatal resuscitation patterns in Queensland.

Dr Lucy Loft
2021 | RACP Paediatric Small Study Grant ($5,000)
Relationship between Acute Maternal Chorioamnionitis and Extremely Preterm Neonatal Respiratory Outcomes: A Retrospective Audit

Dr Lucy LoftLucy is an advanced trainee in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Monash University before completing her medical training at Deakin University.

Lucy is currently a second year advanced trainee Neonatal Fellow working at Monash Newborn, and is a member of the respiratory working group. She aims to combine clinical medicine with research to improve outcomes for extremely preterm babies.


Dr David Youssef
2021 | RACP Paediatric Small Study Grant ($5,000)
Paediatric outcomes of congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries in Canada

Dr David YoussefMy name is David Edward Youssef, an Australian born of Egyptian background and have been privileged to be guided in life by hard working and supportive parents. I graduated from The University of Sydney, with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2004 before working as a registered clinical pharmacist. My passion to learn more was possible in 2006 after entering Griffith University, Gold Coast and completing a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery before returning to Sydney. I was fortunate enough to have wonderful mentors all throughout my medical training and was given the amazing opportunity of a Paediatric Cardiology Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital Westmead in 2016.

After working in Westmead, I received a Paediatric Echocardiography fellowship completing training in 3-Dimensional echocardiography, transthoracic echocardiography and trans-esophageal imaging at The Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton Alberta, Canada. This experience has been invaluable and rewarding as it has allowed me to grow on a both a professional and personal level. I am currently completing a Paediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Fellowship at the Stollery Children’s Hospital where my research work has recently been accepted at the American Heart Association, 2021 conference. My journey thus far has been one of discovery, education and developing strong friendships with colleagues from Canada. I aim to return to Australia soon with the skills I have learnt abroad to develop a Paediatric Pulmonary Hypertension program, the first of its kind in Australia.

Dr Moayed Adnan Alawami
2020 | Queensland Regional Committee Educational Development Grant ($10,000)
Master of Biostatistics

Dr Moayed AlawamiDr Moayed Alawami is an Advanced Trainee in General and Acute Medicine, currently practising in Metro North Hospital and Health Service in Brisbane. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Auckland and worked in a number of hospitals across New Zealand. After completing Basic Physician Training, he moved with his family to Queensland for better educational opportunities. Within one year of his move, Moayed enrolled in a Master of Biostatistics degree, driven by his passion to learn applied mathematics since high school. He enjoys helping other trainees with their data analysis and believes that we should never be afraid of numbers. He is also involved in teaching medical students and Basic Physician Trainees, and was nominated for Doctor of The Year in registrar category at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Moayed has completed several research projects, which he has presented at national and international conferences. In 2017, he was a finalist at the New Zealand RACP Trainee Research Award for Excellence held in Wellington. Moayed plans to pursue a PhD after completing his Masters and clinical training.

Dr Harry Ho Chow
2020 | AFOEM Education Development Grant ($10,000)
Development of a machine learning model for real-time prediction of anthropogenic air pollution in Japan (Master of Occupational and Environmental Health, Monash University)

Dr Harry ChowDr Harry Chow is a Stage B AFOEM Advanced Trainee, working in the field of occupational and environmental medicine since 2017. Through his practice, Harry provides occupational medicine services including pre-employment medical assessment, injury management, fitness for duty assessment, health surveillance monitoring, as well as workplace drug and alcohol interpretation.

He is an Examining Medical Officer for the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME), an Authorised Health Provider for the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board and as well as a Medical Review Officer (AMROA).

Harry has also undergone additional training in occupational medicine, training in aviation medicine through the Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine and Graduate Diploma of Occupational and Environmental Health (Monash University). He is currently undertaking a Master of Occupational and Environmental Health at Monash University with an interest in pursuing research in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

Dr Myra Hardy
2020 | Richard Kemp Memorial Fellowship ($5000)
Paediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the British Columbia Children's Hospital and University of British Columbia

Dr Myra HardyDr Myra Hardy is a general paediatrician and an Advanced Trainee in Infectious Diseases. Myra has clinical and research interests in scabies and rheumatic heart disease, and has worked previously in Victoria, the Top End and the Pacific. She is currently the Project Manager for the Fiji Integrated Therapy study, Tropical Diseases Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Her work is a multi-centre trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine and albendazole mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis, scabies and soil-transmitted helminths. Myra is looking forward to completing her Infectious Diseases Advanced Training during a 2-year Fellowship in Vancouver at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital and University of British Columbia.

Dr Pramod Pharande
2020 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($10,000)
Evaluation of an interprofessional obstetric and neonatal emergency simulation program in India

Dr Pramod PharandeDr Pramod Pharande trained as a paediatrician in India. He completed his RACP Advanced Training in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine in Sydney, achieving extensive experience in neonatal, perinatal and surgical care. For the past 3 years, he has been working as a Neonatal Consultant at Monash Children’s Hospital. Pramod has a special interest in improving neonatal nutrition and has played a substantial role in the development of Australasian Standardised Parenteral Nutrition solutions. He has strong focus in infection prevention and is committed to obtaining a zero rate of infection in central lines.

Pramod is affiliated with the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and is focused on 'point of care ultrasound' to improve clinical care, for advancing research in neonatal haemodynamics and for trainee education. He is currently in his final stages of a Master in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney. He is also affiliated with Monash University, currently as a lecturer with a strong emphasis on the education of junior trainees and medical students. Pramod is also working with his colleague Dr Atul Malhotra and his program of simulation based obstetric and neonatal emergency (ONE-Sim) education, which is running successfully in a number of low and middle-income countries.

Dr Malcolm Richard Battin
2019 | New Zealand Education Development Grant ($10,000)
Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis

Dr Malcolm BattinDr Malcolm Battin is a neonatologist and former Clinical Director Newborn Services at Auckland City Hospital. He trained in the UK and Canada before moving to New Zealand in 1997. For 11 years, he held a joint appointment with the University of Auckland before taking a full-time hospital role in 2008. His research interests are broad but does focus on determinants of neonatal outcome and neonatal neurology, particularly neonatal encephalopathy. Malcolm was awarded the inaugural New Zealand Health Innovation Award in 2003 for early work on the use of hypothermia in the management of neonatal encephalopathy. Building on his experience with quality and safety, with respect to neonatal encephalopathy prevention and optimizing outcome, he has developed a strong interest in Clinical Practice Improvement (CPI). In 2018, he took over the role of Chair Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN) CPI committee.

Dr Nicholas Comninos
2019 | RACP AChSHM Study Grant ($4,000)
Participation at IANS 2019 European High Resolution Anoscopy Workshop (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Nicholas ComninosDr Nicholas Comninos is an Advanced Trainee in Sexual Health Medicine at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre. He has also trained at RPA Sexual Health and Family Planning NSW. Nick has a keen interest in medical education, quality improvement and clinical and epidemiological research. He enjoys the breadth of sexual health medicine and the biological, psychological and social facets of this area of health. With a background in general practice, he values preventive medicine, enjoys caring for people in their social context and is committed to ethical, equitable health care for disadvantaged population groups. Nick's clinical interests include STI/HIV/Hepatitis management as well as genital dermatology, reproductive health and lower genital tract pre-invasive disease. He is actively involved education for medical students and doctors in sexual health clinic and family planning settings as well as through hospital/district and primary health network events. HIs research interests include mixed and complex STI syndromes, the epidemiology of gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted infections and reproductive health.

Associate Professor Louise Conwell (University College London Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children)
2019 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($10,000)
Observership – Neonatal Hypoglycaemia and Congenital Hyperinsulinism (PDF) | Final Report

Associate Professor Louise ConwellAssociate Professor Louise Conwell is a Senior Staff Specialist – Eminent in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the Queensland Children's Hospital, Children’s Health Queensland, Brisbane. She is also Associate Professor and Head of the Children's Health Queensland Clinical Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland. Louise is a graduate of the University of Queensland and trained in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane while completing a PhD at the University of Queensland. Louise undertook a post-specialty clinical fellowship at the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Louise has an interest in neonatal hypoglycaemia, particularly congenital hyperinsulinism and other beta-cell disorders. Her other clinical interest areas include disorders of sexual differentiation and endocrine oncology. Louise remains active in clinical research, particularly in the field of beta-cell disorders. She is a council member of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group, with committee memberships. She also has engagement with stakeholder groups, particularly Congenital Hyperinsulinism International. Louise holds further interests in medical education, completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education through the University of Dundee, Scotland in 2017. She is a supervisor of RACP Basic and Advanced Trainees in paediatrics as well as a supervisor, reader and examiner for postgraduate higher degree research students at the University of Queensland and other academic institutions within Australia.

Dr Alison Rutherford
2019 | Richard Kemp Memorial Fellowship ($5,000)
Clinical attachment in complex HIV medicine and clinic management, UK (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Abraham Patrick Arulanandam
2018 | AFRM Education Development Grant ($3000)
Advanced Qualitative Health Research (Sydney University) and Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (Harvard Catalyst online course) (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Catherine Field
2018 | RACP AFOEM Education Development Grant ($7000)
Radiation Emergency Medicine and Advanced Radiation Medicine courses (PDF) | Final Report

Associate Professor Michael Gabbett
2018 | Queensland State Committee Education Development Grant ($10,000)
Physician Workforce Capability Building in Genomics

Dr Atul Malhotra
2018 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($10,000)
Teaching life saving childbirth skills to medical and nursing students in a low to middle income country

Dr Kate Scoles
2018 | RACP AchSHM Study Grant ($4000)
Masters of Sexual and Reproductive Health, specialising in HIV and STIs

Dr Angela Wills
2018 | AFRM Education Development Grant ($4450)
MSK Ultrasound course (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Annaliesse Blincoe
2017 | New Zealand Education Development Grant ($10,000)
Paediatric Immunology Fellowship

Professor Fary Khan
2017 | RACP AFRM Education Development Grant ($10,000)
Development of training module for rehabilitation physicians for the management of disaster victims (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Claire Lawley
2017 | M D Silberberg Study Grant ($5000)
Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Atul Malhotra
2017 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($10,000)
Improving maternal and neonatal outcomes through interprofessional simulation education in rural India

Dr Pearl Chung
2016 | RACP AFRM Education Development Grant ($10,000)
Clinical Efficacy of Pharmacotherapy in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Patricia Collie
2016 | Macquarie Health Corporation Gaston Bauer Work Shadow Grant ($3000)
Visit various hospitals in the Sydney Metropolitan Area and Newcastle in order to increase skills in inpatient consultation liaison with complex patients

Dr Atul Malhotra
2016 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($10,000)
Teaching neonatal resuscitation and recognition of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy skills to traditional birth attendants in Rural India

Dr Manaswi Pathik
2016 | M D Silberberg Study Grant ($5000)
Three-Dimensional Wave mapping of Human Persistent Atrial Fibrillation (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Peter Snelling (Canada)
2016 | Queensland State Committee Educational Development Grant ($10,000)
Paediatric Emergency Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PEM POCUS) Traineeship (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Sue Inglis
2015 | AFRM Education Development Scholarship ($10,000)
Education module and resource material in rehabilitation in rural/remote communities 'Bridging the Gap' (linking with public hospitals and community services in the Northern Territory and Queensland)

Dr Amy Keir (The Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide SA)
2015 | Eric Burnard Fellowship ($5000)
NeoBolus Fluid bolus therapy in neonates: A mutli-centre, prospective cross-sectional study (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Minainyo Roberts (Monash Centre for Occupational & Environmental Health, Monash University, Melbourne VIC)
2015 | AFOEM Education Development Scholarship ($10,000)
Occupational injury risk among ambulance officers & paramedics compared with other healthcare workers in Victoria, Australia: analysis of workers’ compensation claims

Dr Helen Benham (Harvard Medical School, Boston USA)
2014 | Queensland State Committee Educational Development (Study) Grant ($10,000)
Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program (GCSRT)

Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon (The Skin and Cancer Foundation VIC)
2014 | AFOEM Education Development Grant ($5000)
Educational development in occupational dermatology: creation of a webinar with unlimited internet access for trainees and occupational physicians via the College (or our own) website

Dr Nicholas Turnball (The Warwick Hospital, UK)
2014 | NZ Education Development Grant ($5000)
Dermatopathology Fellowship; BerEP4 and CD34 immunostaining distinguishes basaloid trichilemmoma from basal cell carcinoma; An immunohistochemical study of trichoepithelioma and tricheopithelioma like basal cell carcinoma

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