NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in Health Services Research.
OSPREY is developing a new cadre of researchers skilled in methods for research using linked health datasets, and in applying these to address policy-relevant questions relating to the health of mothers, babies and children. OSPREY commenced in 2009 and team investigators (TIs) are based at UNSW Australia, the University of Western Sydney, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia. Current projects at UNSW Australia include investigation of otitis media and preventable hospitalisation in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children (TI: Kathleen Falster); childhood pertussis infection (TI: Lisa McCallum); meningococcal disease in childhood (TI: Amy Gibson) and unintentional injury in Aboriginal children (TI: Holger Moller). OSPREY has been very successful in achieving its capacity building aims: Alys Havard joined OSPREY as a postdoctoral TI in November 2010 and was awarded an NHMRC Training Fellowship in 2010, an NHMRC project grant in 2011 and a National Heart Foundation Future Leaders Fellowship in 2014. The OPSREY program has produced more than 50 publications to date and has generated nationally-competitive grants and fellowships totalling more than $3m.