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

As we come out of lockdown within South Australia, our thoughts are with our interstate colleagues as they continue to juggle the demands of work and life at home. 

For Health Translation SA, this period has allowed us to 'take a breath' and come together as a team to plan for how we want to implement our new HTSA Strategy 2021-2024. Now, more than ever, we feel it's important that the projects and initiatives we are involved in strongly align to our Strategy and not only work towards accelerating research findings into clinical practice and policy, but also continue to build South Australia's research translation capacity. We look forward to sharing our Strategy with you very soon! 

We are also preparing for the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) re-accreditation. As an NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centre (AHTRC) we will be required to submit a new application in the next few months. The NHMRC will soon release the refreshed criteria for AHRTCs and Centre's for Innovation in Regional Health. 

We plan to work with our Partners and the broader community to prepare an inclusive and visionary application. It will include a report on our achievements to date and our plans for the next 5 years.

Wendy Keech, CEO

Community led projects the key to better Aboriginal health care

One of Health Translation SA’s (HTSA) Flagship Programs, the SA Aboriginal Chronic Diseases Consortium (SA ACDC), is closer to establishing the first Aboriginal Cancer Healing Centre in South Australia, thanks to pilot funding from the Hospital Research Foundation.

Following a successful joint bid with the Flinders and Upper North Local Area Health Network and the Rural Support Service, the pilot and associated research is earmarked for the Whyalla Hospital Chemotherapy Unit and expected to be operating by the end of the year.

In conjunction with the Medical Research Future Fund, HTSA’s support of SA ACDC projects like the Aboriginal Cancer Healing Centre is enabling valuable connections with partner organisations and health translation experts to maximise the impact and reach of research outcomes.

Senior public health officer on the project, Dr Gloria Mejia says the Aboriginal Cancer Healing Centre will allow researchers to roll out and test the principles of more culturally sensitive cancer care for Aboriginal people that have been developed by the Consortium in its Aboriginal Cancer Healing model.
Read the full story here.

Photo of Dr Gloria Mejia, Senior Public Health Officer.

South Australia one of nine initial HeSANDA nodes

Last month, the Australian Research Data Commons announced the development of 9 initial nodes of the Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA) network, a national infrastructure to support the sharing and reuse of health research data.

The HeSANDA South Australian node is one of the first being progressed and is being coordinated by Health Translation SA. 

Read the full story

Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash.

South Australia's Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH) launch their new Patient Reported Measures website

Congratulations to the CEIH on the launch of their new Patient Reported Measures (PRMs) website. PRMs give patients a voice to share their health outcomes and experiences to help improve outcomes and quality of care.

To learn more about how PRMs can assist clinicians or patients, check out the videos and other resources on their website here. 

Free webinar series hosted by The CEIH explores improvements in healthcare 

In case you missed it, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health is hosting a free weekly webinar series, bringing together integrated South Australian teams to connect, share and explore improvements made in healthcare.  

Each week, a new presenter team investigate how improvements are identified, designed, implemented and evaluated and what insights and lessons they learned throughout the process. 

The webinars are held via Zoom, and previous recordings are available on their website

To sign up for the next webinar, register

Time to celebrate South Australia' STEMM achievers!

Nominations for the 2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards are now open.

These annual awards recognise South Australian individuals and teams that have demonstrated leadership across the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) research and innovation value chain.
Categories include:
  • SA Scientist of the Year
  • PhD Research Excellence Award
  • Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration
  • SA Innovator of the Year
  • STEMM Educator of the Year (School teaching)
  • STEMM Educator of the Year (Tertiary teaching)
Nominations can be made online before 11 August and this year there is a new feature enabling stakeholders and community members to nominate colleagues, students, teachers in all categories. This tool allows the South Australian community to be even more engaged with the Awards and support those that have made an impressive contribution to the sector.

Learn more here.
>> Click here for nomination guidelines >>

World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day launches campaign to fight fake news

World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day is held on 20 October each year. It is a global initiative that raises awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally.

It is an opportunity to participate in debate about global trends and challenges, but also to celebrate the impact of individuals and organisations worldwide, recognising the work of dedicated researchers, policymakers and health professionals in improving health outcomes.

For more information, please visit the

Research Impact Summit - Don't miss this free online event!

The 2021 Research Impact Summit features over 20 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and influencers from government, policy and business.

The Summit consists of content across the themes of: 
  • Translation;
  • Implementation Science;
  • Collaboration & Engagement;
  • Dissemination; and
  • Research Impact.
The summit is for researchers, research support and administrators, research funders and anyone wanting to learn more about research impact.

This summit will transform how you plan for and deliver on your impact endeavours – whether you are new to research impact or have years of experience.

Register to attend here

FHMRI honours and PhD information session - CHANGE OF DATE!

This event will now take place on Thursday 19 August, 2021.

A large number of researchers at Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute will be available to discuss honours and PhD student research interests and help them find a research project and supervisor. 

From molecular biosciences, through to clinical translation and building healthy communities, there’s a research project for everyone. To check out the wide range of researchers that will be on hand to answer questions click

Information about rural and remote research, scholarships and application process will also be available, along with free pizza!

Click below for more information and to register.
>> Click here for more information >>

Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant
  • Rare Cancers Rare Diseases Unmet Need General Grant
  • COVID 19 Health Impacts and Vaccination Schedules Grant
For a list of all MRFF grant opportunities from January 2021, click here.

Other Grant Opportunities:
  •  NHMRC; Alzheimer’s Disease Grant 
>> View funding opportunities >>

  • SAHLN Enquiry Seminar Series: Research Week Lead-up Event - 10 Aug
  • Masterclass in Media & Communications - 10 Aug
  • Monash Partners: Lunchtime Seminar 6: Consumer and community involvement and ethics - 12 Aug
  • Monash Partners Learning Health System Forum - 18 Aug
  • JBI Scoping Review Workshop - 24 Aug
  • Research Impact Summit - 1 Sept to 2 Sept
  • Monash Partners Lunchtime Seminar 7: Incorporating consumer and community involvement into your grant application - 9 Sept 
  • Masterclass in Maximising Research - Policy Partnerships - 13 Sept to 14 Sept
  • World Evidence-Based Health Care Day - 20 Oct
  • JBI: Comprehensive Systematic Training Review Training Program - 25 Oct to 29 Oct
  • JBI Grade Workshop - 12 Nov
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase - 23 to 24 Nov
  • Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2021 National Conference - 29 Nov to 2 Dec
  • PRAXIS: TransCelerate Endorsed Online GCP Training
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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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:
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

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