Renal Dietitian and PhD candidate, Kelly Lambert. Photo by Mark Newsham.

IHMRI researcher receives TRIP fellowship to develop a dietary model for patients with chronic kidney disease

IHMRI researcher, Kelly Lambert, has received a TRIP (Translating Research into Practice) Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), worth $179,118 over two years.

Kelly Lambert is the first Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) clinician to be awarded a TRIP NHMRC Fellowship.

“The project itself follows on from my findings of my PhD – namely that cognitive impairment and low health literacy are common in those with end stage kidney disease, and that this impacts how people learn and apply advice, about managing their kidney disease,” Ms Lambert said.

The Illawarra and Shoalhaven region is ranked as the nation’s highest kidney disease hotspot with 19.5% of the region’s adult population showing signs of chronic kidney disease.

Ms Lambert’s project is developing a health literacy focused dietetic outpatient model for people with chronic kidney disease.

“Dietary modification is a key part of the prevention and management of chronic kidney disease. The new model of dietary care for people with chronic kidney disease will be rolled out in mid-late 2018 with evaluation of the results expected in early 2019,” said Ms Lambert.

“We are fortunate in the Illawarra to have medical, allied health and administrative leadership who are supportive of this type of research, and genuinely want to improve health outcomes for patients,” Ms Lambert said.

The TRIP Fellowship Scheme is a targeted award intended to build capacity in research translation.

It provides support for health care professionals and personnel, health systems personnel, health researchers and health policy makers to undertake projects focussed on translating evidence into practice that will improve health care and public health.

The TRIP Fellowship is funded by the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Next Generation Clinical Researchers program.

As part of the professional development component of the fellowship, Ms Lambert will complete a health economics degree; attend implementation science training in Canada, and systematic review training in Australia.

Ms Lambert will also use IHMRI funding to visit the Centre of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare at the Edward Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Chicago.

About Kelly Lambert

  • Kelly Lambert is an IHMRI researcher and Renal Dietitian at the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian.
  • Her main areas of clinical work are the provision of care to patients with end stage kidney disease undertaking dialysis or who have received a kidney transplant.
  • Kelly has extensive teaching experience and has also supervised more than 50 research students from the fields of nutrition, dietetics, medical science and graduate medicine.
  • Kelly is an active member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Renal Interest Group and the postgraduate Renal Nutrition Program.
  • Kelly has also presented her research at many national and international conferences.

About kidney disease

  • The Illawarra and Shoalhaven are ranked as the worst areas in the country for kidney disease.
  • 5% of the region’s adult population shows signs of the disease nearly double the national average.
  • Kidney disease costs the nation over four billion dollars annually.
  • Indigenous Australians are still at far greater risk of developing kidney disease than non-indigenous Australians.

Source: Kidney Health Australia

Media contact

Louise Negline, Communications Coordinator
T: +61 2 4221 4702

Top picture: Kelly Lambert. Photo by Mark Newsham.

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