Health Translation SA (HTSA), an organisation that links researchers, the health system, clinicians and decision makers, is undertaking a range of coordinating activities to ensure that the South Australian COVID-19 response is well informed, effective and efficient.
At Health Translation SA we are joining our fellow colleagues, community members, family and friends in our nation’s effort to slow the spread and effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As we adopt new ways of working and social distancing we want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank those on the frontline of our health system.
Research Translation teams by their very essence are filled with those who want to see patients get the best possible care. So to all the clinical staff on our research teams and across all our partners we stand in support of you as collectively we try and #flattenthecurve. We also want to thank all the researchers investigating this coronavirus, discovering effective treatments and working to develop vaccines.
CREATING A SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COVID-19 RESEARCH REGISTER
The purpose of this register is to:
- capture and promote COVID-19 research projects taking place in SA
- support coordination and collaboration between researchers, institutions, health services and industry
- reduce duplication of research
- maximise impact of COVID-19 research
- position SA for upcoming COVID-19 funding opportunities.
In addition to seeking information relating to projects, HTSA would also like to collate a list of SA resources and capabilities pertinent to the COVID-19 response, to build a SA COVID-19 Research Capability Register. This information will be publicly available and housed on the HTSA website to facilitate the cross-sector sharing of resources and collaboration.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
We are interested in any projects, ranging from basic science, clinical trials and health service research to data projects, predictive modelling, medical technology and drug/vaccine discovery. Activities can be based in industry, health service or academia.
If you have projects, resources or capabilities that you would like to include in the SA COVID-19 Research Register or SA COVID-19 Research Capability Register please email Ecushla.firstname.lastname@example.org
SA COVID-19 EVIDENCE TASKFORCE
We are working with SAHMRI, SA Health and the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health to mobilise the rapid synthesis of COVID-19 evidence. This is helping to inform the planning and decision making of the SA COVID-19 Taskforce, especially the Chief Public Health Officer. These ‘Evidence Reviews’ are developed in response to specific questions from the SA COVID-19 Taskforce on a daily basis and are coordinated by Professor Caroline Miller at SAHMRI.
The reviews are available for use nationally if required. Assembling this highly skilled team in a time critical manner, demonstrates the value of an organisation such as Health Translation SA which straddles the research/health system interface.
STATE-WIDE COVID-19 VIRTUAL DATA REGISTRY
Working with researchers, clinicians and data analytics experts to undertake analyses to rapidly inform workforce planning and help predict the impact of COVID-19 on the broader health system. Additionally HTSA is supporting the establishment of State-wide COVID-19 Virtual Registry that is being led by Professor Derek Chew from SALHN, Flinders University and SAHMRI.
The Registry aims to provide researchers, service planners and clinicians with real time linked data to greatly enhance efforts in a timely manner.
INVOLVE CONSUMERS IN RESEARCH
Engaging consumers in projects linked to the COVID-19 response is crucial to better understand the reality and needs of those using the healthcare system and to accelerate the translation of these rapid projects into practice. If you are leading a COVID-19 project and need help getting connected with consumers, contact Agustina, our Consumer Engagement Senior Project Officer at email@example.com or visit the Community Engagement in Research Toolkit.
If you are a consumer and would like to be involved in the COVID-19 response, please visit the Community Interest Register below.
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As a member of the Australian Health Research Alliance we are strongly supportive of the COVIDSafe app and encourage everyone to add it to their mobiles.
Resources & Useful Information
Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) Press Release – 5th April 2020