Important COVID-19 information for our patients and visitors
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Important COVID-19 information for our patients and visitors
including current restrictions and visiting times.

Clinical Research

Research and Innovation at Northeast Health Wangaratta

We undertake research generated by our own local research questions with local researchers in addition to collaborative work with a variety of partner organisations in broader multi-site state-wide, national and international studies.

Our key research partner is The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health through the Rural Health Academic Network (RHAN) program. The RHAN program specifically aims to build research capability and capacity in partner regional and rural health services.

University Department of Rural Health – Research.pdf
Rural Health Academic Network (RHAN).pdf

Dr Helen Haines - RHAN coordinator
Dr Helen Haines – RHAN coordinator

Dr Helen Haines

RHAN coordinator
Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5058
Mobile: 0438 636124
NHW Email:
Melb Uni Email:

Helen is a senior research fellow with the University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, Melbourne Medical School and can be contacted to discuss any aspect of research project development, research methodology training, statistical support, student projects or ethics at NHW.

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Northeast Health Wangaratta Research Program

We undertake research in many areas relevant to the health and wellbeing of our rural community. Research at Northeast Health ranges from hospital and community based clinical and social science, service systems and workforce research.

We seek to foster novice researchers through our engagement with undergraduate, Hons, Masters and PhD research projects and by supporting clinicians through mentorship from experienced researchers.

Our library services are led by a highly skilled medical librarian who can assist with literature searches and provide training in accessing online resources.

Julie Day
Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5286

Community Participation

Northeast Health is committed to involving our community in the ideas, planning and implementation of our research. Community members can request to join our Community Advisory Committee by contacting;
Michelle Butler
Community Advisory Committee
Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5482

Community Advisory Committee.pdf
Model Framework for Community Participation in Research.pdf


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Prospective Researchers

Prior to commencing any research project at Northeast Health Wangaratta, the RHAN Research Coordinator, Dr Helen Haines must be contacted in the first instance for a research governance review. This will help the researcher determine the feasibility aspects of their study and what level of Ethics application is required.

Research Governance Review Form.pdf
New Research and Ethics Policy.pdf
Human Research Ethics Committee.pdf
Human Research Ethics Committee – Complaints.pdf

We have a fully constituted Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) which adheres to the recommendations of the national guidelines on ethical research:

The Chairperson of our HREC is Dr Roger Barker and the committee meets bi-monthly. For details of the next HREC meeting contact;

Margie O’Connor
HREC secretary
Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5233

All ethics applications must be discussed with our Research Coordinator prior to submission. Applications can be made online via Ethical Review Manager (ERM) and be accompanied by a completed Research Governance Review Form.pdf.

Northeast Health Wangaratta is a signatory to the National Mutual Acceptance Scheme.


Current Research Activity 2018

Aged Care

  • Polypharmacy in Residential Aged Care using STOPP/START (Dr Les Bolitho, Mr Ben McEwan, Dr Kristen Glenister)
  • Turning and Positioning in Aged Care Study (Dr Suzanne Kapp)

Allied Health

  • CHESTY (CHEST infection prevalence following surgerY): international multicentre observational trial (Ianthe Boden, Kate Sullivan, Claire Hackett, Brooke Winzer, Rebecca Lane, Melissa McKinnon, Iain Robertson)
  • ICEAGE: Incidence of Complications following Emergency Abdominal surgery: Get Exercising (Ianthe Boden, Kate Sullivan, Claire Hackett, Brooke Winzer, Rebecca Lane, Melissa McKinnon, Iain Robertson)
  • Patient recall of pre-operative physiotherapy education for the prevention of postoperative pulmonary complications (Ms Selwyn Tacey, Dr Brook Winzer)


  • Can the use of a silicon adjunct decrease leak and improve pre-oxygenation in healthy individuals? (Dr Adam Levin, Dr P Hebbard)

Antimicrobial Stewardship

  • Appropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for AAB in a Regional Health Service (Mr Salwan Al-Saour, Mr Jeff Van)
  • Audit on Piperacillin and Tazobactum in a regional Health Service (Ms Morgan Gibson, Mr Jeff Van)

Advanced Care Planning Care

  • National Advanced Care Planning Study (Dr Rasa Ruseckaite, Monash University, Ms Michelle Judd Hume RICS)

Cancer Care

  • Patient experiences of care (Hume RICS)

Chronic ill Health

  • Palliative care for patients with COPD (Dr Natasha Smallwood, Dr Andreas Baisch, Ms Jenny Johns)
  • Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) (Dr Les Bolitho, Ms Lisa Peters)
  • Managing Chronic Disease in Wangaratta and Benalla: Improving the patient journey through Primary and Hospital Care (Ms Tessa Archbold, Ms Meagan, Tharratt, Dr Helen Haines, Dr Kristen Glenister)
  • Chronic Care Connections Project (COPD): Evaluation of a new model of COPD care and allied health education program at Northeast Health Wangaratta. (Ms Tessa Archbold, Ms Meagan, Tharratt, Dr Helen Haines, Dr Kristen Glenister)

Emergency Care

  • Ketamine use in the NHW Emergency Department (Ms Lucy Grant, Dr De Witt Oosthuizen, Mr Jeff Van Dr Helen Haines)
  • Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (Dr Robert Krones)

Maternity Care

  • Uptake and Success rates before and after implementation of dedicated VBAC program in a secondary rural obstetric centre (Dr Mairead Butler, Dr Laurel Bennett, Dr Helen Haines)

Recent publications from local authors

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Lau SC, Keith PPA.Patient-specific instrumentation for total shoulder arthroplasty: not as accurate as it would seem. Journal Of Shoulder And Elbow Surgery. 2018;27(1):90-5.

Papachristos, Howard T, Thomson BN, Thomas PR. Predicting post-endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography pancreatitis using the 4-h serum lipase level. ANZ J Surg. 2018 Jan;88(1-2):82-86. doi: 10.1111/ans.13665. Epub 2016 Jul 25.

Hebbard, P, Andrew I. T. Hebbard, A.I.T, Tomka, J, Richard Appleyard, R. Ultrasound‐Guided Microinvasive Carpal Tunnel Release Using a Novel Retractable Needle‐Mounted Blade: A Cadaveric Study. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine Volume 37, Issue 7. July 201

I Boden, K Sullivan, C Hackett, B Winzer, R Lane, M McKinnon and I Robertson. ICEAGE (Incidence of Complications following Emergency Abdominal surgery: Get Exercising): study protocol of a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial testing physiotherapy for the prevention of complications and improved physical recovery after emergency abdominal surgery. World Journal of Emergency Surgery (2018) 13:29.

Hildingsson, I., Rubertsson, C., Karlström, A., & Haines, H. (2018). Caseload midwifery for women with fear of birth is a feasible option. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 16, 50-55.

Haines, H., Hildingsson, I., Rubertsson, C., & Karlström, A. (2018). Emotional well-being and the importance for women with fear of birth to have a known midwife at birth. Journal of Psychology and Mental Health.

Hildingsson, I., Karlström, A., Rubertsson, C., & Haines, H. (2018). Women with fear of childbirth might benefit from having a known midwife during labour. Women and Birth. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2018.04.014


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Hebbard, P. Ultrasound Anatomy of the Transverse Carpal Ligament. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2017(12):e217

Leslie K, Allen ML, Hessian EC, Peyton PJ, Kasza J, Courtney A, Haughton A, et al. Safety of sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy in a group of university-affiliated hospitals: a prospective cohort study. British journal of anaesthesia. 2017;118(1):90-9.

Herbert F. Jelinek, Marc T. P. Adam, Robert Krones, and David J. Cornforth.Diagnostic Accuracy of Random ECG in Primary Care for Early, Asymptomatic Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 2017, Vol. 11(6) 1165–1173

Hildingsson, I., Rubertsson, C., Karlström, A., & Haines, H. (2017). Exploring the Fear of Birth Scale in a mixed population of women of childbearing age-A Swedish pilot study. Women and Birth. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2017.12.005

Opie, C. A., Koschel, A., Ervin, K., Jeffreson, L., & Haines, H. (2017). Supportive care screening in rural ambulatory cancer care. The Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, 18(2), 3-9.

Ternstrom, E., Hildingsson, I., Haines, H., Karlstrom, A., Sundin, O., Ekdahl, J., Rubertsson, C. (2017). A randomized controlled study comparing Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling by standard care for fear of birth – A study protocol. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 13, 75-82.

Opie, C. A., Haines, H. M., Ervin, K. E., Glenister, K., & Pierce, D. (2017). Why Australia needs to define obesity as a chronic condition. BMC Public Health, 17.

Hildingsson, I., Haines, H., Karlstrom, A., & Nystedt, A. (2017). Presence and process of fear of birth during pregnancy-Findings from a longitudinal cohort study. Women and Birth, 30(5), E242-E247.

Haines, H. M., Cynthia, O., Pierce, D., & Bourke, L. (2017). Notwithstanding High Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity, Smoking Remains the Most Important Factor in Poor Self-rated Health and Hospital Use in an Australian Regional Community. AIMS Public Health, 4(4), 402-417.