Here's what's been happening at HTSA this month

November Newsletter 2022
Accelerating the translation of Research findings into Action to ensure scientific evidence can positively Impact the health of South Australians.
The HTSA team has been reflecting recently on some of the key ‘myths’ and ‘misconceptions' of health research translation. It’s not always well understood that research translation principles and practices should be embedded at every stage of the research journey not just at the end of a project. Researchers should consider the needs and interests of the 'end user', as well as the 'next user'. The question “who will use my research and how?” should be asked at the start of every project, and these individuals or groups should be around the table as part of the project planning. I look forward to exploring in more detail these themes at the many events and engagements that I’ll be involved in in the coming weeks. 

This year’s NHMRC Research Translation Symposium has a great program showcasing the theme of Embracing Diversity. The symposium will begin later this week on Thursday November 17th, and run also on the 18th, 21st & 22nd. I encourage you to explore the program and attend as many sessions as you can. As a virtual event, it’s very accessible from the comfort of your workstation, and there is sure to be many thought-provoking insights from the speakers and panels. If you prefer an in-person format, HTSA will also be livestreaming the program in the SAHMRI auditorium on Monday November 21st, with lunch provided. Please register for the Adelaide Satellite Event if you’d like to join us. 

Finally, the lead up to the end of the year is always a very busy time for our team, and it is easy to get buried in our plans for the forthcoming year without reflecting on our accomplishments. I am currently meeting 1-1 with our 11 partners to review and reflect on 2022 and identify key projects for 2023. Our last board meeting for the year on December 7th will set the agenda for 2023 in line with our 2021-2024 Strategic PrioritiesWe look forward to continuing activities that are having an impact, as well as identifying further 'across state' gaps that we can focus on to accelerate the translation of research into practice, and build state wide research translation capacity. HTSA is all about adding value to our partners so that we can collectively improve South Australian health outcomes.    

Wendy Keech
CEO, Health Translation SA

STAAR-SA delivering long term benefits for older Australians

With increasing numbers of older people with complex needs seeking hospital care the rapid applied translational research initiative State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalisations and Unplanned Admissions (STAAR-SA) project is delivering innovative and significantly improved pathways of care for older South Australians.

The STAAR-SA project, funded by a Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant and facilitated by HTSA, has brought together the full scope of health and aged care experts and practitioners with consumers to work together to develop models of care designed to improve health outcomes for older people and reduce avoidable hospitalisations.

Study lead, Professor Maria Crotty, Professor of Rehabilitation and Aged Care, at Flinders University says many people leave hospital while they are still on a waiting list for a Commonwealth in-home care package.
“We drew on qualitative research, where older people including those who had been repeatedly readmitted to hospital were all very clear that between leaving hospital and going home, there was something missing in the middle,” Prof Crotty says.

Also on the research team, internationally recognised expert in implementation science and leader in the field of knowledge translation, Professor Gillian Harvey, from the Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University, says the outcomes from the Quality Improvement Collaborative have been significant.

“Part of what we set out to do was establish a network of knowledge users, researchers, and policy makers working across differences in resources, knowledge, skills, and culture, that would have the potential to tackle other complex problems associated with caring for the older population across SA,” Prof Harvey says.

“We have delivered that, and it will continue to make an impact on improving aged care in South Australia.”

Read the full story on our website

Photo: Left- Professor Maria Crotty, Right-Professor Gillian Harvey

HTSA welcomes Dominic Lin to Connected Care Project

PhD Candidate Dominic Lin has worked in the Information Technology Industry for over 20 years. But now, thanks to a new APR Intern position with HTSA, it’s the health sector that will benefit from Dominic’s expertise. 

Working as part of the Connected Care project team, Dominic will be developing the technical requirements for a solution that connects patient health records in real-time and assists doctors provide the best  possible care for their patients.

Dominic is embedding remotely in SA Health’s Office of the Chief Medical Information Officer to work on this strategic partnership project. 
 “The HTSA internship program provides an excellent opportunity for me to learn how to translate research into a product” says Dominic.
“In addition, the internship program offers a new pathway for me to develop new skills and connections in the health sector, which will also benefit my Ph.D. research outcome."
Deputy CEO and Digital Health Program Lead, Dr Ecushla Linedale, says projects such as Connected Care require a cross discipline approach, and need to draw on many sources of expertise to succeed.
“Dominic has worked on similar real-time data projects in the aviation industry, and so we are really looking forward to the perspective and expertise he can bring to the project.”
After his first few weeks researching the South Australian Health Services sector, Dominic is excited by the potential outcomes of the project. 
Dominic’s PhD Research through Swinburne University in Melbourne investigates a new health informatics approach using machine learning and data science methodologies to predict Alzheimer's disease caused dementia. 

October Spotlight Series: That's a wrap!

Enabling researchers to be successful in their research endeavours is core to the work of HTSA. Throughout October, we were delighted to welcome a broad cross-section of partner organisations and stakeholders to the activities as part of our Spotlight Series focusing on Consumer Engagement.

We've compiled the key messages, webinar links and other resources shared during the Spotlight month on our website. 

For more info or support with consumer & community engagement, contact HTSA's Dr Agustina Gancia at 

South Australia to lead national WHRTN priority 

We're pleased to share that Marion Eckert, Co-Chair of the South Australian Women's Health Research Translation Network  (WHRTN) has been announced as academic lead for a WHRTN Co-Production Seed Grant for the ‘Health Ageing’ priority.

These $40,000 grants for each of WHRTN’s nine priority areas will run for 6-months concluding in April 2023. 

Researchers and Consumer Advisors/Advocates will identify the research priority and develop an application for the WHRTN Co-Production Grants, which will commence in July 2023.

Read more about the seed grants at the new national WHRTN website.

Find out more about SA WHRTN by subscribing to the mailing list or Join the LinkedIn Group.

SA Cancer Plan: have your say 

SA Health is seeking input from public and private clinicians including doctors, nurses, allied health staff, support workers, researchers and others who are connected to cancer prevention and care in SA to help shape their new five-year statewide cancer plan.
You can share your experiences and ideas through this consultation using one or more of the options below: Further information about the project can be accessed via the SA Cancer Plan webpage.

Million Minds Mental Health Research: Consultation open 

The MRFF’s Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission is investing $125 million for mental health research to support the development of new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Consultation on the Mission’s draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan has opened. You can provide written submissions on the drafts via the consultation hub until 1 December 2022.

Find out more via the MRFF website.

NHMRC Research Translation Symposium 

On Monday November 21st, HTSA will be live streaming the NHMRC Research Translation Symposium in the SAHMRI Auditorium from 11:30am-3:30pm (ACDT) with lunch provided during the break from 1:20pm-1:40pm (ACDT).

Please register via the symposium website and select Adelaide Satellite Event to join us.

Consumer and Community Engagement Summit

Join us for our annual one-day summit! This year, we will be exploring the topic of Diversity in consumer and community engagement.

Co-hosted by HTSA and the SAHMRI Registries Consumer Engagement Community of Practice (led by ANZDATA), the event will take place on November 29 2022, at SAHMRI and virtually.

This summit is open to researchers, healthcare consumers and community members, coming together to celebrate successes and showcase methods for including diverse perspectives in research projects.

Find out more and register

Online Education and training platform for anyone involved in clinical trials 
  • Free for all South Australians
  • Courses which are interactive, practical, multi-modal, evidence based
  • Networking opportunities for the clinical trials workforce
Find out more: V-CTEC has been brought to South Australia thanks to the SA/NT Regional Clinical Trial Coordinating Centre and the Office for Research in the Department for Health and Wellbeing, in partnership with HTSA

Committee for Adelaide event: Changing Health and Patient Care

Hear from experts, including HTSA CEO Wendy Keech, about changing health and patient care through research translation, disruptive technologies and innovation. 

Find our more and register

Other upcoming events & training

New MRFF Funding Opportunity 

The 2022 Indigenous Health Research Fund grant opportunity is now open and will provide $27.8 million from the MRFF’s Indigenous Health Research Fund for Indigenous-led research into health issues of importance to First Nations people. Applications close 1 March 2023.

Find out more about this grant opportunity.

New grant opportunities regularly available throughout the year

National Health and Medical Research Institute (NHMRC)
Within Australia, the NHMRC is the major funding body for health and medical research. There are a range of funding schemes that have different focuses and purposes. You can view current NHMRC funding opportunities via the NHMRC website.

The MRFF provides grants of financial assistance to support health and medical research and innovation, with the objective of improving the health and wellbeing of Australians. The NHMRC works with the Department of Health to implement disbursements from the MRFF. Visit the MRFF website to find out more about the current opportunities.

Many of our partner organisations have a dedicated person that can assist you in applying for MRFF grant opportunities.Visit the HTSA website for a list of South Australian based MRFF Support Leads.


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