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

A note from the CEO

During the month of May we have been consulting with all of our partners to ensure that our way forward meets their needs as partners. This has included mapping of research strengths and health service activity across South Australia which has confirmed that there are many exciting opportunities for Health Translation SA in the future.

Also of importance is a recent announcement that the MRFF has made a commitment to provide funding for Rapid Translation Projects through the Translation Centres across Australia for a ten year period until 2027/28. We are yet to know exactly what that looks like but it is good news!
I was also reminded of the importance of the Allied Health sector when I provided a key note presentation to over 200 health professionals at the SA Health Allied Health Research Forum on 24 May 2019. Within this sector there are many examples of translational research generating positive system change and positively impacting on the lives of South Australians.


In the next few weeks we are looking forward to finalising a number of MRFF Funded Strategic Projects funded through Round 3. The team at HTSA will be working with these projects to ensure they impact on some of the most pressing healthcare challenges in this state. 
This week we celebrate Reconciliation Week. I would like to finish up by reinforcing Health Translation’s SA commitment to working with Aboriginal health services leaders, research leaders and the community to advance work in areas that are of pressing need to the Aboriginal community. Our Flagship Programs the “SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium” and the “First 1000 days” are kicking goals to improve the lives of Aboriginal families.

Wendy Keech
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This newsletter includes:
  •  The Health Translation SA Newsletter
  • Community Interest Register - JOIN NOW!
  • New CBD based Cancer Voices 'Walk & Talk' Group
  • The Medical Device Partnering Program
  • HCF Research Foundation Expressions of Interest
  • COMET 2019
  • Sax Institute for early career researchers training course
  • Call for abstracts: 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation
  • Share your stories with us
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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:

Have a great idea for a medical device and need R&D assistance? 

The Medical Device Partnering Program

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is an ideas incubator – fostering collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government to develop medical technologies with global market potential.

MDPP is unique in its focus and the way that it operates. It works at the very early stage, turning ideas into proven concepts. Rather than ‘push’ technology towards applications, the Program invites inventors, clinicians and researchers to submit ideas for new medtech innovations.

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HCF Research Foundation Expressions of Interest
The HCF Research Foundation is making its 9th annual call for research projects to deliver $1 million in funding to the research community in health care areas that provide opportuinty to significantly improve health services.

The HCF Research Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from research teams interested in funding for health services research to begin in 2020.

EOIs received after 5:00pm AEST on Thursday, 27 June 2019 will not be considered.
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COMET 2019

The 17th International Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics will be held in Adelaide at the University of South Australia – City West Campus, 26 - 28 June, 2019. This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, involving a wide range of healthcare specialities and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis will be on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics. 

The keynote speakers include some of the most influential international and Australian researchers and practitioners in this field. In addition, there will be strong representation through the conference on themes of Indigenous health, aged care, mental health, and chronic pain.

The detailed program and registration is available via the button below:

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Skills-based training course for early career researchers
Building successful partnerships for policy-relevant research

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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Call for abstracts: 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation
We are pleased to inform you of the upcoming 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation which will be held in Melbourne on 19 - 20 November 2019. 

The theme for this year is; "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies".

The call for Abstracts for the Symposium is now open. Successful authors will be offered either an oral or a poster presentation.

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Jenni Carr, Senior Project Officer
P 08 8128 4380

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