The scholarships program aims to support Cabrini employees from various clinical disciplines in their desire to pursue professional development, research and knowledge gathering activities. Such activities include conference attendance, workshops, visits to centres of excellence and postgraduate study that will ultimately improve patient care at Cabrini.
Cabrini Institute introduced an annual grant funding round in 2015 with support from the Cabrini Foundation. The aim of this process was to provide a singular, centralised mechanism for accessing funds from the Foundation for research and /or quality improvement activities. Cabrini Institute encourages innovative research projects and collaborative studies that align with the research themes of Cabrini Health’s strategic plan and foster the sharing of skills and expertise.
This study, led by Cabrini principal investigators Clara Officer (Nurse Manager, Children’s Centre) and Kelly Sherman (Clinical Nurse Specialist), was awarded the Cabrini Institute 20th Anniversary Clinical Research Grant of $30,000 in May 2016. The grant was awarded under Cabrini’s annual Clinical Research and Quality Improvement Grant Round, funded by Cabrini Foundation, and scheduled to reopen for applications in March 2018
The study brought together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and experts hailing from Deakin University, Monash University, and the University of Melbourne as well as the Royal Childrens Hospital and Victoria’s peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their families, Amaze. All shared the goal of informing recommendations for the development of an Autism-Friendly Children’s Centre at Cabrini Hospital.