April Newsletter
Accelerating the translation of Research findings into Action to ensure scientific evidence can positively Impact on the health of South Australians.

During the month of March, HTSA was delighted to host the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) Council Meeting. The Council is made up of representation from the seven National Health and Medical Research Council accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTC's), and the three Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) across Australia. 

The meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on the role of AHRA and consider how the group can support the AHRTC's and CIRH and research translation within Australia into the future. These conversations are timely for HTSA as it embarks on a review of its current strategic directions. In mid-April, the HTSA Board of Partners will meet to reflect on the achievements we've made over the last 2 years and set new work priorities for the next 3 years. 

Stay tuned for more information about this in the coming months!

Wendy Keech, CEO

Photos of AHRA Council Members, 2021. 
Above (Left to Right): Aboriginal Health Care Senior Researcher, Dr Kim O'Donnell, Aboriginal Health Care Research Lead & Course Coordinator, Dr Janet Kelly and kidney transplant recipients Rhanee Lester and Kelli Owen
Transforming kidney care for Aboriginal Australians with respect and deep understanding

The exceptional outcomes of the Health Translation SA Aboriginal Kidney Care Together – Improving Outcomes Now (AKction) project, led by the University of Adelaide and supported by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative, have recently been recognised with a further $2 million Ideas Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Since 2018 AKction project leader, Dr Janet Kelly, and the diverse research team, comprised of clinicians, leaders in the field, peak bodies and academics, have been responding to the experience of people living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and revolutionising kidney care for Aboriginal Australians in South Australia.

“By developing an action-based approach to our research and in leading real and deep engagement between Aboriginal people and health care workers, we have begun to  fundamentally transform how kidney care is provided in South Australia and share our findings, nationally and internationally,” Dr Kelly says.

To read the full story, visit our website here

Do you want to keep updated about the latest advances in technology in the South Australian health system? - A new website is now live! 

The health system in South Australia employs a range of high performing technology, analytics and research professionals.

Professionals with these skills are increasingly in demand to meet the challenges of providing the best quality health care to our community. To ensure their skills rapidly evolve to utilise the latest advances in their fields, HTSA’s
 Health Analytics Research Collaborative has created a System Capacity Innovation program (the program).

The program offers workshops and seminars to promote the latest advances in technology in the South Australian health system. As featured in our March Newsletter, the group has already initiated a
 weekly meeting for users of the R programming language and have several further events in development.

To keep updated with news and events, please visit the groups new website

The Policy Impact Programs first report is now available - Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda

The Winston Churchill Trust and the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland have formed a partnership to increase the impact of outstanding Churchill Fellows and their findings through the Policy Impact Program (PIP).

The Policy Impact Program (PIP) identifies, curates and advocates a selection of ideas from Churchill Fellows that have the potential to shape best practice and policy reform on a variety of relevant and contemporary issues facing Australia.

In 2020, 11 applicants were selected to join the program to work alongside leading policy analysts to assess the policy implications of their work and develop their policy ideas into an article for the annual publication,
 Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda.

Owen Churches (SA 2018), HTSA’s Health Analytics Research Collaborative Data Fellow was one of the deserving applicants chosen for last year’s program and wrote the report titled “To create fairness and accountability in the use of government decision-making algorithms”. A copy of the report is available here

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash.

Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium - New diabetes video resources now available!

The SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium recently launched a series of diabetes video resources featuring members of rural and remote Aboriginal communities sharing their diabetes stories, challenges and successes in managing diabetes and diabetes risks and complications.

Supported by funding from the Country SA Primary Health Network, 24 Aboriginal community members from nine locations across South Australia were interviewed during the development of the videos. The resources also featured health professionals (including Aboriginal health professionals) who provide background information and explanations about the disease and management strategies.  

The videos can be found on the Consortium YouTube channel, or by clicking on the individual video links below:

1. Aboriginal Diabetes Video Resources Overview
2. “Understanding diabetes” – Types 1 and 2
3. “Gestational diabetes” – Gestational
4. “What helps my diabetes?” – Nutrition, physical activity, medication
5. “Safe use of medication”
6. “Monitoring my diabetes” – Blood glucose monitoring
7. “It’s getting complicated” – Diabetes complications, incl. neuropathy, retinopathy, circulatory disease (amputations)
8. “I can’t deal with that” – Diabetes and mental health
9. “Diabetes is preventable” – Prevention & lowering risks (screening) 

2021 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase

Call for Abstracts Now Open!
We are excited to announce that the 2021 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase will be held in Sydney on 27 and 28 July 2021.
The highlights of both conference days will be abstract presentations covering all areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Wherever you are in your career, you are encouraged to submit your research. Travel prizes will be awarded to assist some interstate presenters.

To submit an abstract, please completed the
submission form and email to IRNet@sahmri.com by COB Friday 30 April.

For updates on this years Showcase, please subscribe to the fortnightly IRNet e-Bulletin

Health Services Research Conference 2021 - Call for Abstracts Now Open! 

The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) are delighted to invite you to the biennial Health Services Research Conference. 

The Conference will be held at the University of Sydney from 1 to 3 December 2021. This will be the HSRAANZ's 12th conference, following on from its successful 2019 conference held in Auckland, New Zealand.

Speakers and delegates at this years conference are invited to delve into the inter-related themes of resilience, innovation and value, and the role of health services research in embedding these principles into our health systems.

For further information and to submit your abstract visit the conference website

Are you an Aboriginal Health Researcher? - Have your say regarding the use and application of ethical guidelines

Associate Professor Luke Burchill, Chair of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Aboriginal Leadership Group, is conducting a survey to understand Australian researchers’ (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) perspectives regarding use and application of ethical guidelines, with attention to governance as a foundation for ethical Indigenous health research.

The survey is voluntary and open until Sunday, 9 May.

To find out more information or complete the survey, visit the HTSA website.

AHRA Women's Health Research Translation Network Grants - Applications Now Open! 

The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) Women's Health Research, Translation and Impact Network (WHRTN) is offering 20 one-off 12-month funded grants to facilitate career advancement and development in women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers. This support will advance the career development of women working across the breadth of women’s health research and build capacity in women researchers across underrepresented groups, diverse disciplines and Indigenous research. 

This grant round is open from Monday 22 March 2021 and offers a 1-year competitive award of up to $15,000 to commence on 1 July 2021.

To find out more information, visit the HTSA website here

Adelaide BioMed City Weekly Research Mini-Reviews

Each week Adelaide BioMed City (ABMC) is hosting a webinar which promotes current research activities within the ABMC precinct. 

Sessions are also recorded and available for later viewing. 

For further information on upcoming webinars, or to see past webinar recordings, visit the ABMC website.

Do you have a news story you would like to share with the HTSA community? 

We would love to hear from you! 

Please contact Alex Michelmore, Strategic Communications Officer via email alexandra.michelmore@healthtranslationsa.org.au or phone 08 8128 4039. Alternatively, come and find us on Level 8 North at SAHMRI. 

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

Recent Publications:
Bidargaddi, N, Schrader, G, Myles, H, et al. (2021) Demonstration of automated non-adherence and service disengagement risk monitoring with active follow-up for severe mental illness. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 

Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant
  • Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness Grant
  • Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant
  • Clinician Researchers Applied Research in Health Grant
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant
Other Grant Opportunities:
  •  Women’s Health Research Translation Network Grants; Early and Mid Career Researcher Funded Award
  • Round 4 or the BioMedTech Horizons Program
  • RACGP Foundation/ANEDGP Innovation Research Grant
  • RACGP/TGL Foundation Diabetes Research Grant
  • RACGP Foundation Family Medical Care Education & Research Grant
  • RACGP Foundation/HCF Research Foundation Grant
  • National Health & Medical Research Council: 2021 Synergy Grant 
>> View all funding opportunities >>

Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Initiative - Project Update

AHRA is committed to strengthening consumer and community involvement in health research across Australia. AHRA’s Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Initiative is a program of work which aims to embed the involvement of consumers and the community in health and medical research policy and practice. The program currently has four priority areas.

Together with
 NSW Regional Health Partners and Sydney Health Partners HTSA is leading one of the priority areas which is focused on identifying and testing approaches that show if involving consumers in health research makes a difference, and the kinds of effects it has in different research settings.

Specifically, they have been tasked with:
  • Developing a short paper (the case) for CCI in health research.
  • Developing and testing tools for measuring the impact of CCI in health and medical research.
Significant progress has already been made, with the publication of The Value of Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research: A Narrative Review, and the completion of a scoping exercise to identify evaluation tools for measuring the impact of CCI, both nationally and internationally.

A national workshop is planned on Wednesday, 21 April with researchers and consumers to discuss 4 evaluation tools that were short listed through the scoping exercise. The workshop is being facilitated by Agustina Gancia, HTSA’s Senior Project Officer, Consumer Engagement, and aims to identify and/or adapt the best evaluation tool(s) to use in an Australian context.

Keep an eye out for more information about the workshop in our next Newsletter!

For further details about the CCI Initiative, please visit the AHRA

  • Specialist Knowledge Translation Training: Learn how to create a pathway to impact in just two days - 20 to 23 Apr
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program - 10 to 14 May
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Grade Workshop - 10 Jun
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Scoping Review Workshop - 17 Jun
  • PRAXIS: Project Management Fundaments for Research & Clinical Trials - 3 Aug 
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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