Biostatistical Service

Biostatistics

The Foundation’s Biostatistical Consulting Service offers expert research program support to researchers towards ensuring high quality research methodology, analysis and output.

A subidised service is accesible to East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) researchers and 50 Murray Street Resident Researchers. From January 1, 2020, all eligible research projects will be afforded 7.5 hours of free biostatistics*. Should you require services in excess of the free service hours, this will be charged using a fee for service model and agreed in advance.

Non EMHS researchers can also access the services on offer (see fee table below). 

*criteria applies - see below.

Queries and Appointments

Should you wish to utilise the services of a Foundation biostatistician, it is advisable that you include a reasonable budget for biostatistics in your upcoming external funding applications to ensure your projects are not compromised.

Please contact one of the Foundation biostatisticians for free assistance in budgeting.

Queries and appointment requests can be directed to our biostatistics team at biostats@rphresearchfoundation.org.au.

Available Services

Study Design

Clarification of research question, identification of outcomes, confounding variables management, sample size requirements (power analysis); advantages/disadvantages of collection methodology.

Ethics and Grant Applications

Feedback on clarity of aims, statistical analysis proposed, power calculations, advice.

Data Collection Layout

Data Conversion for Statistical Package Use

Writing code to read files, file conversion from one file format to another.

Data Set Preparation

Reshaping data from wide to long format, merging data sets, data checking and issue identification, creation of new more efficient variables.

Analysis and Feedback

Analysis of data, assisting with interpretation, software tuition.

Reporting

Assist with interpretation of results, client review, manuscript preparation including statistical methods, formulations tables/graphs.

Peer Review

Review and edit manuscripts.

PhD Support

Consultation and advice on research project design and analysis.

Workshops and Training

Custom designed workshops for your team.

Co-authorship

Assistance with manuscript preparation, editing, review and rebuttal will be free of charge if the statistician is offered and accepts co-authorship on the paper.  Otherwise the fee for service model will apply.

Grant Application Support

Assistance with study design, sample size calculations and analysis plans for grant applications will be provided free of charge. This is in addition to the free day mentioned above, conditional on the inclusion of an appropriate budget for statistical support and a commitment to spend these funds with the Foundation’s biostatistical team.

Free Service Eligibility Criteria*

The following eligibility criteria apply:

1. Research Focus

  • Data must have a research focus.

Note: QA or compliance monitoring projects will not qualify without a substantial research component such as the evaluation of an intervention in a designed study.

2. Data Source

  • Data must be sourced from within EMHS or 50 Murray St.

Note: A process will be established to facilitate consideration of projects where data are sourced from another location e.g. a national database, where the principle investigator is based within EMHS or 50 Murray St.

3. Researchers

  • The principle investigator must be based within EMHS or at 50 Murray St.
  • Supervisor(s) of Advanced Trainees and PhD students must be located within EMHS or at 50 Murray St.
  • PhD students must also be based within EMHS or at 50 Murray St.

 

Not Eligible

  • MD student research projects will not qualify for the free 7.5 hours.

 

Fees

  • *Chief Investigator must be located within EMHS or 50 Murray Street.

    • First 7.5 hours - FREE
    • Full project support ongoing - $100 + GST per hour
    • PhD and Master's support - $75 + GST per hour

    Our fees are highly competitive relative to other alternatives, recognising the immense value 50 Murray Street resident researchers and East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) based researchers contribute to the fabric of research at our facility and to research impact within EMHS and beyond.

  • *For research conducted outside of the EMHS Region.

    • Non-commerical - $175 + GST per hour
    • Commerical - $250 + GST per hour

Our Biostatistics Team

Mr Philip Vlaskovsky

Mrs Sally Burrows

Mr Michael Phillips (Not Pictured)

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