Completing these projects successfully and on time will enable me to more effectively leverage for project funding in 2016.

I am currently solely managing the neck pain projects (recruiting, scheduling, data collection at both the Callaghan and HMRI sites). Though I have some research students with specific roles assisting with various aspects of the projects (one Honours completing October 2015, one
Honours initiating a 2016 Honours project, and one PhD student commencing October 2015), none are fully managing the projects at this stage. Importantly, from the perspective of ‘equal futures’, I am pregnant with my second child due 7th January. This grant will enable me to employ a research assistant as a study manager, and who can help with scheduling participants and data collection one day per week for 8 weeks (data collection in the Movement Lab requires two
people). They will work casually for 3 weeks in November/December to train and hand-over tasks for which they will be responsible. The study has been timed so there are no follow-up appointments in January and thus the RA will work their remaining 5 weeks (one day per week) starting in February. This plan ensures I will not be essential for data collection until March when the baby will be 8 weeks old and I should be better able to manage a few hours of data collection
per week. We do not have family locally, and the impact of the first few weeks can be unknown. I do not want to jeopardise these key projects on which the neck pain team has worked very hard to fund, initiate and complete.
Important for my career as a researcher is following through and achieving outcomes for the research currently funded. The need for robust data is essential for this. This will help in continuity for my career as I have gained quite a bit of momentum in the past few years in neck pain research and collaborations, and I want to ensure the success of the current projects. Having this assistance will ensure the integrity of the projects and assist forward momentum in my career
during this key time.


Suzanne Snodgrass

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