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 Fellow Project Title Organisation
Dr Gail Alvares Establishing an autism phenomics platform for Western Australia Telethon Kids Institute
Ms Jodie Armstrong The Learn, Engage and Play (LEaP) Study: The Development and Evaluation of a Therapeutic Playgroup for Children with Developmental Delay Child and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Associate Professor Fenella Gill Unifying systems for recognition and response to paediatric clinical deterioration in Western Australia Child and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Dr Ariel Mace FeBRILe3 – Fever, Blood cultures and Readiness for discharge in Infants less than 3 months old Child and Adolescent Health Service / South Metropolitan Health Service
Dr Luke Marinovich Impact of consensus guidelines on margins for breast conserving surgery: translation to clinical care in WA Curtin University
Dr Ashleigh McEvoy Translation of ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Research into Clinical Practice Edith Cowan University
Dr Belinda McLean Implementation of an evidence-based allied health intervention to improve functional outcomes of children with cerebral palsy Child and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Dr Jing Pang Translational research for improving the care of familial hypercholesterolaemia: closing the gaps The University of Western Australia
Dr Janessa Pickering Developing laboratory diagnostics for Strep A carriage: an essential step to progress vaccine and acute rheumatic fever primary prevention Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Roslyn Ward B2: I Can Communicate Child and Adolescent Health Service / Curtin University
Dr Yue Wu Prospective evaluation of a clinical decision-support tool to guide antibiotic selection for empiric treatment of urinary infections in children Telethon Kids Institute