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Research request

RDN is committed to partnering or collaborating in research to enhance the quantity and quality of rural research in areas of mutual interest. All requests to partner should be made via the following RDN Research Request form. Any questions can also be directed to the Research Committee at data@nswrdn.com.au. Research requests will be considered by the Research Committee on the dates outlined below.

Research Committee Meeting dates for 2021

Applications must be received by the following dates to be considered for the meeting held during the next week.   Meeting dates
Friday 2 July Friday 9 July
Friday 6 August Friday 13 August
Friday 3 September Friday 10 September
Friday 8 October Friday 15 October
Friday 5 November Friday 12 November
Friday 3 December Friday 10 December

There are conditions associated with collaborating on research or receiving data from RDN. We request that RDN:

  • Is acknowledged and/or provided the opportunity to co-author publications, including conference presentations. The following text should be inserted into the acknowledgment section of any publication, conference presentation, report or other work that has used RDN data:

“The data in this report was compiled with data extracted from our operational workforce database. Our workforce database is maintained through regular surveys as well as operational processes and activities. RDN makes every effort to ensure information accurate and current. However, we acknowledge that data limitations arise as information is constantly changing and errors may occur.

Every effort has been made to ensure the correctness of this report. However, the data provided has been taken from RDN’s operational database which changes regularly. The report is provided in its current form without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. In no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any form, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from out of or in connection with the report provided or the use or other dealings with the report.”

  • Receives a two-to-three-page summary report on the outcomes of the use of the data or research. This should give a brief overview of the research undertaken, main outcomes and recommendations or future directions.
  • Is given the opportunity to comment on and/or contribute to any materials generated from the data or research, e.g. training materials, infographics, newspaper articles, PowerPoint presentations, research publications, and conference presentations.


RDN research request

Name, title, address and institution of Project Leader or main contact 

Rationale for RDN involvement

Nature of the request

Outline the nature and level of contribution you envisage would be required e.g. staff time, funding, in-kind resources, expertise. 

Alignment to RDN strategic goals and objectives

Select the strategic priority the research project most closely aligns with. Don’t hesitate to include text to explain more fully if needed. You can also visit NSW Rural Doctors Network's Strategic Plan 2019-22 for more details about RDN’s strategic goals and objectives. 

Goal 1: Build and sustain a health workforce capable of delivering quality and safe care in remote, rural, regional, Aboriginal and disadvantaged communities. 

Goal 2: Respond to the individual health workforce needs of communities. 

Goal 3: Contribute to effective rural health policy and evidence-based service delivery methodology. 

Goal 4: Continue the pursuit of organisational excellence. 

Do not answer Questions 3-6 if the information is included in an attached ethics application or project protocol.  

Aim and research question(s) 

Briefly outline the background and rationale of the project. Please outline how this research will build on what is already known, briefly citing related research literature where relevant.  

Project outcomes 

Methods of data collection

List the method(s) or approach(es) you will use to collect data or information, e.g. evaluation, focus groups, interviews, observation, pilot study, questionnaires, secondary data analysis, surveys, other. 


Research translation strategy

List the methods or approaches you will use to translate the learning from this research into an accessible format, e.g. peer-reviewed publications, conferences).