Western Health Research & Best Care Conference, Monday 26 – Friday 30 October 2020 – Western Health – Live Best Care
31-31 Oct

Western Health Research & Best Care Conference, Monday 26 – Friday 30 October 2020

All Staff & Volunteers

Whilst our COVID-19 response has necessitated we amend the format of the RBCC for 2020, we value this opportunity to highlight the adaptability of our staff and the service changes that have effectively been implemented in response to COVID-19.

Details of the exciting RBCC schedule and the webinar links are included.

The 2020 Research and Best Care Conference (RBCC) will comprise of daily Zoom webinars that cover various Research and Best Care initiatives, challenges, insights and achievements relating to the COVID-19 pandemic from a Western Health, national and international perspective.  

In the tradition of the RBCC, we are pleased to advise that a number of sponsors have continued their generous contributions to the RBCC grants, supporting our staff with future improvements at Western Health.  Winners of the Foundation Grants will be announced at the final session of the 2020 RBCC, Friday 30 October.  

Details of the exciting RBCC schedule and the webinar links are included below.  All Western Health staff are invited to attend these sessions and celebrate how Western Health staff have supported the continued provision of Best Care, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please review the program and make sure you diarise your selected events by copying the Zoom link details into your Outlook calendar.

Program of events- Research and Best Care Conference, Monday 26 – Friday 30 October

Webinar Link Details Presenters Date Time

Click here for link: Monday 12-1pm

Password: 12345

Opening Address



Personal Ventilation Hood

  • Dr Marion Kainer (Head of Unit, Infectious Diseases)


  • Assoc Prof Forbes McGain
Monday 26 October 12:00 – 1:00pm
Click here for link: Symposium Registration


AIMSS Symposium

  • Prof Gustavo Duque & AIMSS staff
Monday 26 October 4:00 – 6:00pm
Click here for link: Tuesday 12-1pm Intern Presentations

  • Risk factors for recurrence of patellar dislocation and approaches to decision making
  • Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain: Who has endometriosis and who gets surgery?
  • Self management of postnatal hypertension
  • Paediatric surgery for bladder dysfunction
  • Paediatric surgery for bowel dysfunction

  • Dr Lachlan Huntington


  • Dr Shweta Nair


  • Dr Rachael Fox


  • Dr Andrew Griffith


  • Dr Carl Eiselen
Tuesday 27 October 12:00 – 1:00pm
Click here for link: Tuesday 2-3pm Midwifery Presentations

  • Experiences of Receiving and Providing Maternity Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Australia


  • Psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital clinical staff
  • Prof Linda Sweet, Dr Vidanka Vasilevski, Dr Karen Wynter


  • Dr Sara Holton
Tuesday 27 October 2:00 – 3:00pm
Click here for link: Tuesday 3-4pm Allied Health Presentations

  • Implementing behaviour change in health services – A ‘how to guide’ for clinicians


  • Research and consumers – Better together
  • Prof Jill Francis, Professor of Implementation Science, The University of Melbourne


  • Ms Belinda MacLeod-Smith, Co-design and Consumers Improvement Partner, Safer Care Victoria
Tuesday 27 October 3:00 – 4:00pm

Click here for link: Wednesday 12-1pm

Password: 12345

Acknowledging uncertainty: Modelling to support pandemic response
  • Prof Jodie McVernon, Director of Epidemiology, The University of Melbourne
Wednesday 28 October 12:00 – 1:00pm

Click here for link: Wednesday 2-3pm

Password: 12345

COVID Response Initiatives- Testing, Contact Tracing and Outbreak Management
  • Dr Marion Kainer, Ms Kylie Roper, Ms Terri Butcher
Wednesday 28 October 2:00 – 3:00pm

Click here for link: Thursday 2-3:30pm

Password: 12345

  • The Aged Care Liaison Service COVID response


  • The Rapid Allied Health (RAH) @home service COVID response
  • Dr Clare White, Ms Kirsty Barnes, Mr Mark Murray, Dr Elizabeth Dapiran


  • Ms Catherine Grant
Thursday 29 October 2:00 – 3:30pm

Click here for link: Friday 2-3pm

Password: 12345

  • Telehealth development during our COVID response


  • Foundation Grant Announcements


  • Closing Address
  • Dr Rick Horton, Ms Ashleigh Neagle, Ms Emily Sanders


  • Mr Russell Harrison
Friday 30 October 2:00 – 3:00pm

 Information for keeping COVIDSafe while attending the RBCC

We ask you to please keep yourself and your colleagues safe by adhering to COVID safe guidelines while attending the RBCC.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Keeping your distance from others:
    • By adhering to the maximum number of people permitted in each room and at each table
    • By keeping at least 1.5 meters apart from others and by not moving chairs in rooms
    • Please note that WCHRE education and meeting rooms are not available to be booked for groups to view sessions
  • Maintaining good hygiene:
    • By not sharing communal meals or snacks and continuing to practice rigorous hand hygiene
  • Keeping the environment clean:
    • By wiping down work stations and surfaces before and after use with Clinell wipes or an equivalent cleaning product
  • Staying at home if you are unwell