About the Research Hub
Useful Resources - Developed by iCAHE 
Useful resources - Developed by other groups
iCAHE Research Outputs
Useful websites

About the Research Hub

The iCAHE Research Hub exists to foster a collaborative and supportive environment for researchers, clinicians and others interested in the various methodologies that may be employed in health research. The aim is to enhance opportunities for individuals and groups who are interested in research through the provision of educational resources and support in the various evidence-based methodologies available.

iCAHE has a long history of championing high quality research methodology including the facilitation and support of journal clubs throughout Australia, development and provision of online resources such as iCAHE EBP e-learning modules, the Learning Hub and the Outcomes Calculator, and the publication of relevant text books.

Members of iCAHE regularly undertake evidentiary reviews either for organisations on a fee-for-service basis, or as published systematic reviews to inform evidence-based practice. Our members are currently involved in a number of health research projects covering a diverse range of topics, using a variety of methodological approaches and linking with national and international research collaborators. We are currently developing a series of educational podcasts on various research methodology topics that will be made available to users online, though the Learning Hub

For further information contact iCAHE:
email: icahe@unisa.edu.au
phone: +61 8 83022072



Practical Tips in Finding the Evidence: An Allied Health Primer

Practical Tips for Using and Developing Guidelines

Nayar S, Stanley M. (Eds.) (2015). Qualitative research methodologies for occupational science and therapy. London: Routledge. 

  Image of textbook 2 - using and developing guidelines Image of text book 1- finding the evidence Qualitative Research Methodologies for Occupational Science and TherapyEdited by Shoba Nayar, Mandy Stanley


Useful Resources - Developed by iCAHE

Below are a list of freely available resources on this website that have been developed or assembled by the iCAHE teams.

Discharge Planning - PREPARED for discharge tools

Critical Appraisal Tools - appraisal tool library

Glossary of terms - a list of health care, knowledge translation, and statistical terms and their meanings

Outcomes Calculator Manuals - A collection of outcome measures in a format that aims to facilitate the use of standardised outcome measures in clinical practice to monitor changes in patient status over time.

Learning Hub - Self-directed, free learning activities

ASPIRE for Quality - an evidence-based tool to evaluate clinical service performance in health care. 

Extended and Advanced Allied Health Projects - Starter pack to assist in the implementation of Extended/Advanced Allied Health Roles

Compendium of tools for the early detection of functional decline - a compendium of freely-available assessment tools; the psychometric properties, the tool itself, and the scoring properties. 

Guidelines Clearinghouse - library of quality appraised guidelines on health topics


Useful resources - Developed by other groups

Below are a list of freely available resources that have been developed by various health and research groups.

Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Framework - This framework was developed in response to a need for practical strategies to build cultural safety using strengths-based and action-oriented approaches, it provides guidance around what health professionals need to know, be and do in order to be culturally responsive.

Person Centred Care and Health Literacy project website

In 2013-2014 ADEA completed a revision of the information sheet Person Centred Care for people with diabetes and developed an information sheet on Health literacy for people with diabetes. The ADEA Person Centred Care project will build on these information sheets, to assist diabetes educators to understand and adopt health literate, person-centred care practices, to ensure people with diabetes are at the centre of their health care journey and are involved in all aspects of their care.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: why feet matter. A Centre of Research Excellence Practice brief: synthesizing research evidence to inform practice. (pdf 722kb)

The Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders is a collaboration of neuromuscular experts. It uses the latest approaches in medicine, science, nursing and allied health to improve diagnosis, facilitate prevention and transform treatment from compassionate management to effective therapy. Link to the Centre of Research Excellence Neuromuscular disorders page

The EQUATOR Network - Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research

The EQUATOR Network works to improve the reliability and value of medical research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of research studies. The EQUATOR website hosts a library containing a comprehensive searchable database of reporting guidelines and also links to other resources relevant to research reporting (including reporting guidelines such as CONSORT, STROBE, PRISMA, STARD and many more).

Think. Check. Submit.

Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. Not all researchers receive the same level of training and support in how to choose a trustworthy journal to submit their work to. Think. Check. Submit. provides an easy-to-use checklist that researchers can refer to when they are investigating whether a journal can be trusted. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.


iCAHE Research Outputs

Adolescent Musculoskeletal Health - Resources and publications in the area of musculoskeletal health and development in adolescents

EBP in the Philippines - development and implementation of contextualized evidence based practice in the Philippines

Project SAGE - The South African Guidelines Excellence project

Functional decline - tools, resources and research on functional decline in the community and healthcare settings

Implementing care co-ordination plus early rehabilitation in high-risk COPD patients in transition from hospital to primary care - A pilot Study on the implementation of care coordination plus early rehabilitation in a high-risk COPD population in transition from hospital to primary care.

Does comprehensive care lead to improved patient outcomes in acute care settings? -An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. September 2015