Health Translation SA’s logo motif is derived from an original art piece painted by Professor Alex Brown, an Aboriginal man from the New South Wales South coast.
Alex is a Deputy Director at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), SAHMRI Aboriginal Health Theme Leader, and a member of Health Translation SA Board of Partners.
The artwork represents “collaboration” and highlights the importance of connecting the efforts of individuals, organisations and communities if we are to realise the potential of the partnership approach that underpins Health Translation SA. It acknowledges that a collaborative effort with a common vision is required to tackle the issues that currently undermine the health of South Australians.
Health Translation SA respectfully acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waterways on which we meet and where our facilities are located. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal people to their Country. We pay respect to the Elders past, present and future, community members and culture and continue to uphold their ongoing relationship to the land and waterways.
Health Translation SA (formerly known as the SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre) is one of the first four inaugural Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (Translation Centre’s) to be formally accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Institute (NHMRC) in 2015.
In a unique whole-of-state collaborative network, Health Translation SA brings together a network of people – researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers, consumers and the community – and resources to advance healthcare practice and policy for a healthier South Australia.
What is Health Research Translation?
Every day South Australian, national and international researchers make important scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in how to prevent and treat disease and promote health. The process of ensuring these discoveries are turned into cutting edge, reliable and safe healthcare for our community is known as health research translation.
Health research translation is a dynamic process taking place within a complex system and requires collaboration among diversely skilled teams and partners including the research community, health service providers, education and training providers, policy makers and consumers. Health research translation can be time-consuming, and it is reported that it takes 17 years for only 14% of research to actually ‘make it into the real world’.
Australian Health Research Alliance
At a national level, Health Translation SA also works with the six other Advanced Health Research Translation Centre’s and three Centre’s for Innovation in Regional Health accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Together they comprise the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA). The other Centre’s are:
- Monash Partners
- Melbourne Academic Centre for Health
- Sydney Health Partners
- The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise
- Western Australian Health Translation Network
- Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners
- NSW Regional Health Partners
- Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre
- The Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre