July Newsletter
Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people

A note from the CEO

A key focus of our work at Health Translation SA (HTSA) is partnering with community members to strengthen research and effectively translate research findings into improved health for South Australians. We recently held our second meeting of our HTSA Consumer and Community Engagement Action Group whose role it is to assist HTSA to increase the active involvement of consumers and community members in our work.

This group is providing advice on a community engagement toolkit for researchers and community members, assisting with the Connecting with Community Forum being held in October 2019 and working on a very important piece of work relating measuring the value and/or impact of community engagement in health and medical research.  
I have also been in discussions with the Professor Paddy Phillips, Commissioner of the newly formed Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health, which provides leadership and advice on clinical best practice to maximise health outcomes for the South Australian community.

We are currently exploring opportunities to work together on a number of mutually beneficial projects including improvements to the management and analysis of data in this state.

Finally we have also completed a report to the National Health and Medical Research Council ( NHMRC) on our progress as an Academic Health and Research Translation Centre in achieving our aim of improving the health of South Australians. This is a precursor activity to HTSA’s reaccreditation which will take place in 2020.

Wendy Keech
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This newsletter includes:
  • MRFF Current Funding Rounds
  • Community Interest Register - JOIN NOW!
  • New CBD based Cancer Voices 'Walk & Talk' Group
  • Sax Institute Critical appraisal of research to support policy and program professionals
  • Sax Institute for early career researchers training course
  • The 15th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) conference
  • Masters of Healthcare Innovations Course
  • Share your stories with us




Community Interest Register - JOIN NOW
Together with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Health Translation SA (HTSA) is excited to announce the launch of our new Community Interest Register (The Register).
The Register will provide access to a database of people who are interested in being involved in health and medical research across both SAHMRI and Health Translation SA to help ensure our research:
  • Reflects the issues that are important to our community
  • Can more easily be translated into clinical practice, policy and education
  • Reaches those who need it the most
If you are a community member who lives in South Australia, you can register your interest by:
We would also appreciate you forwarding this email on to other people you think may be interested in joining The Register.

For more information about The Register please visit the Community Interest Register
 by clicking the button below:
Community Interest Register
You can also contact Alex Michelmore, our Senior Project Officer in Consumer Engagement via her details below:
Ph: 8128 4031

New CBD based Cancer Voices 'Walk & Talk' Group - For Cancer Researchers & Survivors
In collaboration with Health Translation SA, Cancer Voices SA is starting a regular 'walk & talk' group every Friday lunchtime, starting at 12.30pm from the SAHMRI foyer (approximately 45 mins duration). Initially the group will head towards The University of Adelaide footbridge, so people at the Frome Road end of town can join in at the footbridge at about 12.50pm if that suits better.
Researchers, cancer survivors…we welcome you to come and take the opportunity for informal networking, idea sharing and idea generating while we walk. However, ’talking shop’ isn’t mandatory. 

This is a totally flexible arrangement to come when/ if you can, and just turn up!
We know this is a good idea.  In mid-2015 Chris Christensen (Chair, Cancer Voices SA) started up the Cancer Voices walking group in Belair National Park.  This group often have researchers join them, and they always learn a lot from each other…about all sorts of things!  The group walk every Tuesday, 9.30-10.30am starting from the carpark of the former Belair Golf Club.
It would be wonderful if the cancer community in Adelaide can benefit from novel ideas born out of walking and talking.
For further information, please contact Julie Marker (Executive Member, Cancer Voices SA) via email:


Workshop: Critical appraisal of research to support policy and program professionals
Wednesday 31 July 2019

Are you a policy maker or program manager who needs to use research findings in your work? 
If so, the Sax Institute’s upcoming training course could be for you.

In this 3.5 hour workshop, participants will gain:

  • A greater understanding of different types of evidence from research
  • Information to know where to access research evidence
  • Experience using tools to critically appraise research to assess if it is high quality and relevant to your work

The two workshop presenters are Associate Professor Mary Haines, Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, and Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider, Adviser at the Sax Institute and Senior Lecturer and Director, Master of Health Policy at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Between them, Mary and Carmen have over 30 years’ experience in health policy and translational initiatives.

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Skills-based training course for early career researchers
Building successful partnerships for policy-relevant research
5-7 November 2019

Research conducted with policy partners can have a greater chance of impacting on policies, programs and services.

But how do early career researchers build these partnerships? How do they manage and sustain them? And how do they get their research findings known and used?

Sax Institute are offering a new skills-based training course, launched in 2017, which has been developed to address these questions. It's a 3 day, face-to-face course, drawing on the expertise of senior policy makers and researchers to help early career researchers build the skills required to initiate and sustain research partnerships with policy makers.

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The 15th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) conference

Health Translation SA would like to invite you to attend, and is proud to support the 15th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) conference hosted by University of South Australia.

Health Translation SA aims to bring together health care stakeholders and promote collaboration to enable research findings to be translated into action and impact. Focussed on trustworthy evidence for questions that matter, this conference will provide opportunities to listen and learn, and share experiences and perspectives from around the world on the important role of guidelines in 21st century health care.  

The conference is relevant for all health care stakeholders and those interested in addressing evidence-practice gaps by promoting best practice and improving the quality and safety of health care.

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Masters of Healthcare Innovations Course
Innovate, inspire and create positive change with the Master of Healthcare Innovations

The first of its kind in Australia, the groundbreaking new Master of Healthcare Innovations targets at a diverse cohort of health leaders; health administrators, academics, nurses and allied health disciplines who want to be systems thinkers and problem solvers by using research based evidence to deliver high quality healthcare in the 21st century.

This innovative, multidisciplinary program is run in conjunction with the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond Business School and the Bond University Transformer, allowing students to explore the content led by global leaders in higher education, research and innovation.

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The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine offers students 3 pathway degrees as study options that lead into the Master of Healthcare Innovations. 

These degrees can also be studied individually and cover a range of different areas that may suit individual needs. 

For more detail on each degree, please click the links below or submit an enquiry to discuss the best study option for you.

Graduate Certificate in Health Systems
Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice
Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovations

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For any queries please contact:
Jenni Carr, Senior Project Officer
P 08 8128 4380

Postal address:
PO Box 11060
Adelaide SA 5001

Our staff team location:
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North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

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