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Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Research Passport Agreement

The Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners (BDHP) Research Passport Agreement is a collaborative agreement between all BDHP Partners. The agreement aims to streamline the approval process for researchers, saving them time and legal costs.

The agreement consists of an umbrella agreement and an operating schedule. With agreed legal terms and schedule items, the agreement reduces the number of legal reviews required for clinical collaborative research and speeds up the approval process.

All BDHP Partners (which West Moreton Health is now a party of) endorsed the current version 2 on 24 April 2020.

Click here for a copy of the Research Passport Agreement.

A moment of opportunity
West Moreton Health’s Acting Director of Research and Innovation Rachelle Pitt
West Moreton Health’s Acting Director of Research and Innovation Rachelle Pitt

There’s no white lab coat, microscope or petri dish in sight in Rachelle Pitt’s office – instead West Moreton Health’s Acting Director of Research and Innovation surrounds herself with pictures her children have drawn and items that make her happy.

The critical thinking mum of four boys under the age of seven juggles being a part of a team spearheading the development of the local health service’s growing research opportunities with a busy home life, drawing inspiration from women and clinicians around her and from unexpected moments.

As the Acting Director of Research and Innovation, a speech pathologist, a research supervisor with the University of Queensland School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and with an adjunct appointment at UQ, the little things matter both in everyday life and in research according to Dr Pitt, who now maintains the realistic attitude that she can’t always be everything to everyone.

“I have learnt to lower my expectations of myself and I find one thing every day that makes me happy and I write about it,” Dr Pitt said.

“I don’t get caught up in the stresses and challenges but look for the moments that make me happy.

“The value of my day is not in the whole but in those moments,” she said.

It’s a favourite saying that brought Dr Pitt to West Moreton Health where her passion for addressing health issues impacting the community including mental health and chronic conditions such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes, is matched by the drive of clinical staff to carry out investigations that will improve health outcomes.

“There’s a quote that says, ‘you should always stay where there is the most opportunity’, and I think the most opportunity is here,” Dr Pitt said.

“Research matters in the public health service because the clinicians and researchers on the front line understand their patients and the conditions they are treating – they are focused on real needs and look at the whole person and how we can make sure the care we provide is of the highest quality.

‘We’re really on the cusp of something great in West Moreton Health – there’s a real appetite from clinicians here to improve care and I’m always impressed by their passion,” Dr Pitt said.

And passion is one quality Dr Pitt admires in two women who inspire her professionally and personally.

“Associate Professor Nerina Scarinci is Head of Speech Pathology at UQ and she manages work and family really gracefully and she has succeeded in her field, and Rachel Phillips, the Director of the Allied Health and Research Division for West Moreton Health leads with passion and empathy,” Dr Pitt said.

“Both of these women have shown me that you can juggle your life and be successful while remaining true to yourself.

“I’ve learnt that being a mum doesn’t have to be a disadvantage in the workplace. I’ve learnt as a mum you bring a different perspective and compassion to work.

“Most importantly, Nerina and Rachel have helped me realise life is never in balance – juggling everything is a tough gig sometimes but they have shown me, and I believe, it’s possible to give a bit of yourself to all parts of your life.

“You just have to be kind to yourself along the way,” Dr Pitt said.