Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

MacKillop Institute researchers win ACU women's awards


Dr Jocasta Ball and Dr Melinda Smith have both recently won an ACU Research Award for Women Academic Staff. Offered by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), an amount of up to $12,500 is given to up to three ACU women academic staff members each year. The Award aims to assist with the re-establishment of women’s research profiles after a career interruption due to family responsibilities.

After returning from maternity leave, Dr Ball said the Award money will enable her to continue her research in the field of Atrial Fibrillation. “This award will provide resources to conduct research into identifying which patient groups would benefit most from an AF-specific post-discharge management program and how to stratify these patients appropriately to optimise health outcomes.” Dr Ball said.

Dr Smith said the Award will help her further establish her research profile. “Following a career interruption for parental leave, I’m very grateful for the support that ACU is providing to further build my research profile in the assessment and management of foot pain – an area I am passionate about. The award provides resources to enable me to conduct a novel study involving the measurement of foot muscles using ultrasound imaging. The results will translate into better assessment and management for people with heel pain, the diabetic foot, sporting injuries and changes associated with pregnancy.” Dr Smith Said

You can read more about Dr Jocasta Ball’s research here and Dr Melinda Smith’s research here.

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