TAAHC congratulates JCU Associate Professor Melissa Crowe

TAAHC congratulates JCU Associate Professor Melissa Crowe

As so many colleagues across Tropical Australia Academic Health Centre (TAAHC) member organisations have received support through the DTHM Cohort Doctoral Studies program, it is a pleasure to see the contribution of to Associate Professor Melissa Crowe recognised nationally.

Associate Professor Melissa Crowe received a 2021 ACGR Award special commendation, in the category of Excellence in Industry Engagement in Graduate Research; an award bestowed for her contribution as Head of the DTHM Cohort Doctoral Studies Program. TAAHC members extend congratulations to Associate Professor Melissa Crowe, and the DTHM Cohort Doctoral Studies team

Melissa Crowe has led the DTHM Cohort Program for nearly 10 years. Up to 70% of its HDR candidates are working health professionals, many tracking to leadership roles. Melissa spearheaded the design, implementation and operation of the Cohort Program. Her leadership role is now full time, due to the success of the Program which will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in September.

Melissa has developed an educational approach responsive to health-industry based HDR candidates working full or part time, with the approach integrating Cohort members’ research into their jobs. The Cohort Program commenced with a single group of 13 candidates and has grown to 20 Cohort groups with 135 current candidates and 86 completions (61 HDR completions). 

Acknowledgement must be given to the critical support provided by Colin Roderick’s Estate which established a fund at JCU. The Cohort Doctoral Program received an annual contribution, which helped subsidise the Cohort program development.

The Cohort approach ensures researchers are directly addressing practitioner driven health system needs. Translational outcomes arising from Cohort candidate research include revision of national policy and guidelines in Australia and internationally, provision of cutting-edge training to clinicians, development of policy statements for peak bodies, enhancement of patient care and improvements to undergraduate training.

The success of The Cohort Program’s engagement with industry partners is the result of Melissa’s engagement with industry and industry partners including:

  • Providing formal pathways to research degrees and capacity building resources for key healthcare industry groups such as tropical Australian academic health centre (TAAHC);
  • Realising a 44% referral rate by current candidates of industry colleagues to the cohort;
  • Engendering industry partner commitment to supervision of candidates in the program with over 25 health industry based advisors currently involved;
  • Providing health system employees primarily based in North Queensland but also interstate and overseas with vital pathways to research skill development and collaboration opportunities;
  • Delivering workshop presentations, symposia, talks and research festivals with industry partners.

The Cohort Doctoral program is a spectacular success. Amazing effort and recognition- thank you and congratulations Melissa.