For researchers

CAHS is committed to supporting our researchers so that a research culture is embedded into everyday clinical practice. This means that our researchers have the best opportunities available to deliver outcomes that make a difference to the kids and communities of Western Australia and the world.

There is a dedicated team offering specialised support services to assist in the development, governance and implementation of effective research across our health service. The team supports CAHS researchers as well as our partners who engage in research at our sites or with our patients.

We look forward to hearing from experienced researchers or those looking to start their research journey at CAHS. There are many ways we can improve and enhance the quality of your research.

Research support: What does the team offer?

The CAHS Research Ethics and Governance team oversees the review and approval of all human research conducted within PCH, Community Health and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Human research projects cannot commence at PCH and other CAHS sites until they have both: 
  • Ethical approval (which includes approval of the scientific integrity of the research) 
  • Site governance approval.

Find out more about Ethics and governance.

Contact a Research Facilitator to access the necessary resources, contacts and advice to plan and undertake high quality research. Support can be provided at any stage of project design, project review, feasibility, research facilities, ethics and site approval and the ongoing monitoring of your research project.

For information or assistance please email CAHS.ResearchSupport@health.wa.gov.au

Thanks to Telethon Perth for their funding support of this service.
Find out about research budgets, human resource requirements, cost centre creation, and ongoing research-finance monitoring.

Thanks to Telethon Perth for their funding support of this service.
The CAHS Research Education Program is an open-access resource that includes the Research Skills Seminar Series and a number of workshops throughout the year to facilitate research projects by busy students and staff from any clinical background (e.g. medical, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, laboratory etc.) 

Click here to find out more about Research Education.

Strategic communications advice and support is available to ensure research projects utilise appropriate and effective communications tools and methods. Assistance can be offered at any stage of a project. Positive promotion of research findings and achievements is also encouraged by working with the Communications Coordinator-Research.

Thanks to Telethon Perth for their funding support of this service.
Biostatisticians can provide support in a broad range of areas including study design advice, research question specification, analysis plan design (sample size/power calculation), modelling strategies, and reporting/presentation of research findings.

Biostatistical support for researchers comes in the form of free drop-in sessions, bookable consultation sessions (discuss anything related to biostatistical elements of your research), and a limited allocation of analysis support per project. Additional (cost recovery basis) biostatistical support is also available.

Thanks to Telethon Perth for their funding support of this service.

Data Management covers case report form design, data capture methods, data storage methods, and everything in between. Data Management support for research comes in the form of bookable consultation sessions (discuss anything related to data management elements of your research). Additional (cost recovery basis) data management support is also available.

Thanks to Telethon Perth for their funding support of this service.


The research rooms located in Outpatients Clinic D at Perth Children’s Hospital can be booked for research clinic appointments. The research rooms are a collaborative shared space for CAHS, Telethon Kids Institute and university research studies where CAHS governance approval has occurred.

If you have a research project that would like to access the Research suites please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager Research on Rachel.West@health.wa.gov.au.

For booking enquires contact Research Reception, PCHChildHealthResearchAdministration@health.wa.gov.au 

Thanks to Telethon Perth for their funding support of this service.


Provides free training, resources and information on how to involve community members in research, help identify consumers, and provides advice about how to plan and budget for involvement.

Thanks to Telethon Perth for their funding support of this service.

The Clinical Trials Liaison Officer (CTLO) helps you step through the start-up phase of a clinical trial. By providing advice and direction in assessing the feasibility, and governance requirements of clinical trials, as well as, acting as the primary contact for commercial sponsors, the CTLO works with you to streamline the process of initiating clinical trials at CAHS.

For further information, please contact Lesley Banfield on 6456 5529 or via email.

Research projects often have a funding allocation for a research nurse, but there can be delays and challenges with finding the right person in a reasonable timeframe. The CAHS Research Nurse Register is available to connect interested nurses with suitable research projects. The short term appointments can ranged from three to six months in duration.

For further information about joining or accessing the register, please contact Rachel West, Clinical Nurse Manager Research on 6456 5603 or via email.


Last Updated: 27/11/2019