May Newsletter
Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people
A note from the CEO

It was an action packed start to 2019 with applications for the Round 3 Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Grants due in March. We adopted a new approach for this round, identifying key strategic health priorities for South Australia and then
asking our research community to work together to develop solutions to key health challenges. Over 125 clinicians, healthcare professionals, researchers and consumers attended a Strategic Round Session in February 2019 to develop scalable, transformative health services projects that will have an impact in 2 years. It proved to be a challenging but worthwhile process and we have developed a number of important projects that are currently being assessed by the MRFF. The successful projects will be announced soon.
Communication will also be a key focus for HTSA in 2019 with a new dedicated staff member employed 2 days a week and a new website. You can also look forward to a regular monthly E-newsletter to keep you updated about our work as well as find out about relevant training courses, events, funding calls and information and resources to support you in your research translation work. We can also promote your activities as well so please get in touch if we can assist you in any way.
We are about to commence strategic planning to develop our future directions and set some key performance indicators for 2019 and beyond. I will be doing a lot of consultation in the next few months with our partners, stakeholders and the community so any feedback you have would be most welcome.

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This newsletter includes:
  •  The Health Translation SA Newsletter
  • Connected Health Cities event
  • The Medical Device Partnering Program
  • Partnering in Research Workshop
  • Call for abstracts: 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation
  • Share your stories with us


The Health Translation SA Newsletter
We will be sending out a monthly newsletter from now on, to showcase what we've been up to and how you can get involved.

Thanks for keeping up with our newsletters, watch this space!

Connected Health Cities event
On March 29th, over 100 people interested in how data can be harnessed to support, and drive health service improvement attended the UK Connected Health Cities team presentation hosted by Health Translation SA and SA Health.

The team discussed how they are linking local health data and advanced technology to improve health services for patients across the North of England and it was a great success!

Please click the button below to read more and view the Connected Health Cities Presentation.
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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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Partnering in Research Workshop

In early February, Health Translation SA collaborated with Flinders University to run a ‘first of its kind’ workshop which matched researchers together with consumers who had an interest or lived experience in their research area.

Researchers and consumers had the opportunity to learn about what ‘partnering in research’ can look like through a real-life researcher and consumer partnership story and practical exercises. Professor Johnathan Craig, Vice President and Executive Dean, College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University also shared his own experience and insights.
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Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research – An Australia-wide Audit Report

In August 2018, Health Translation SA disseminated a survey to our partner organisations, on behalf of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), to measure the extent and nature of community and consumer involvement (CCI) in health and medical research.

Responses were received from 868 people across Australia including 490 researchers, 145 health professionals and 233 consumer and community members.  The survey results have now been summarised in an Australia-wide Audit Report.

The findings of the survey, along with the outcomes of a literature review and national workshop, have informed four priority consumer and community involvement projects that will be led by AHRA across the next two years.

Please click the button below to read more and download a copy of the report.

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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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PO Box 11060
Adelaide SA 5001

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North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

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