In 2010, Professor Rudd led three of the twelve Health Workforce Australia funded Simulated Learning Curricula 2010 projects that identified aspects of curriculum that could be effectively delivered through learning using simulation:
In 2011, ECU was successful in gaining a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) supported by $5,615,052M of funding from the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. This funding will accelerate the growth of research activity in four key areas selected for their close alignment to the Australian Government’s National Research Priorities and the University’s Strategic Plan, as well as leverage recent major investments by ECU and the Commonwealth and State Government.
The CRN will allow us to leverage this investment via access to and collaboration with experts at Australia’s leading research universities. Our initiatives are focused on building common technical and methodological platforms for on‐going collaboration, as well as increasing our high-quality research expertise to ensure we continue to generate world‐class research outcomes and sustain new research programs via access to competitive grants.
The initiatives will benefit more than 250 research staff; increase our research active staff by seven; increase the percentage of time spent on research; provide 21 visiting fellowships; and and provide over 30 exchanges for co‐supervised higher degree research students and staff, enabling the co-supervision of an additional 30 PhD students and significantly increasing ECU's research capacity in these strategic areas.
The CRN involves six sub-projects (three are health focused), each representing a collaborative research network supporting a key research theme.
The sub-projects in health are: