Are you looking to build your skills in research and critical thinking?

An academic post is a great way incorporate academic research into your GP training. Curtin University has an academic post opportunity for a registrar looking to expand their skills in research and critical thinking.

Curtin Medical School, in conjunction with the School of Public Health are conducting a research project ‘A Systematic Literature Review of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) and Cardiovascular Events (CE)’.  

Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) have been studied in several large cardiovascular outcomes trials in patients with type 2 diabetes. These trials were done to satisfy regulatory requirements, specifically to exclude an excess in risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or stroke (i.e., major adverse cardiovascular events) and to test for efficacy. SGLT2i appears to moderately reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events, or at least some components of them. However, the apparent greater benefit of SGLT2i on major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease than in those with multiple risk factors but without atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease complicates the interpretation of these research evidence. This has also been suggested in other studies and meta-analyses and remains an active area of research. Dr Daniel Xu (General Practitioner in Arche Health, School of Public Health and Curtin Medical School, Curtin University) has been in the research and teaching team led by Professor Chris Reid (John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, Curtin University and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University) and Prof William Hart (Foundation Dean of Curtin Medical School) and is developing a research grant on the topic (SGLT2i&CE).

Over the next 18 months, the team on this project aims to:

  1. Compose a protocol paper for a systematic literature review on SGLT2i&CE during the period January 2020-January 2021,
  2. Complete a systematic literature review during the period of 2020-2021 and,
  3. Develop a proposal on SGLT2i&CE for NHMRC for submission by May 2021. These research outputs can improve research track record of the team and demonstrate genuine partnership for the NHMRC grant while strengthening Curtin’s research capacity.

As the GP registrar on this academic post you will be assisting the team with the systematic literature review. Specifically:

  1. Search databases to create and maintain an Endnote library over the summer period
  2. Screen relevant articles and assess quality of shortlisted articles using the Joanna Brigg’s Institute (JBI) guideline 
  3. Prepare a flowchart according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guideline and tables containing key information of the shortlisted articles, and
  4. Draft the systematic literature review on MSGLT2i&CE by January 2020.

The supervisory team includes Dr Daniel Xu (Principal Supervisor), Prof William Hart (Co-supervisor) and Professor Chris Reid (Co-Supervisor).

The supervisory team will supervise you closely to ensure they meet the expected outcome and complete a draft of the systematic literature review on MSGLT2i&CE. As the GP registrar on this academic post, you will have access to Curtin library database and a workstation with close proximity to the supervisors at Curtin University (400.213 or 410.526) over the period of 2020-2021. Together with other Research staff from both the School of Public Health and Curtin Medical School, the team will provide academic advice on the project in developing a systematic literature review on SGLT2i&CE.

What can I expect to gain from this academic post?

Expand your skills on critically apprising, interpreting and applying the information available to you. By completing this academic post you will:

  1. Gain expertise in using scholarly databases, searching and exporting references to Endnote library and maintaining the library
  2. Apply the PRISMA guideline and critically assess quality of peer-reviewed articles using the JBI guideline, and
  3. Improve academic writing skill in the form of a systematic literature review and journal manuscript.

To register your interest, or for more information about this post. Please contact Curtin Medical School's Director of GP Training, Dr Daniel Xu via email on

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