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

December Newsletter 2022
Accelerating the translation of Research findings into Action to ensure scientific evidence can positively Impact the health of South Australians.
2022 may almost be over, but there’s been no shortage of activity at HTSA in the lead up to the end of the year.

The second half of November saw us host the 2nd annual Patient Reported Measures (PRMs) Research Collaborative Symposium in partnership with the CEIH, convene our annual Consumer & Community Engagement Summit with SAHMRI, and hold a satellite event for the national NHMRC Research Translation Symposium. 

In addition, the HTSA Board met on December 7th for the final time in 2022. At that meeting we reflected on the achievements of 2022 and agreed on our priority activities for 2023. It will be a great year focussing on the translation of research into practice and enabling an environment to accelerate research translation. 

As part of our capacity building agenda, last week HTSA piloted our new ‘Research Translation Essentials’ course, which we intend to roll out in 2023. Thank you to our willing test participants, and to our facilitators for working with us to refine the content and delivery of this course. While we are still reviewing the course evaluations, anecdotally it was extremely valuable to participants. The feedback will be used to shape our offering that addresses a clear area of need in South Australia. 

When thinking about grants and the MRFF, we would like to draw your attention to the new MRRF Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant round that will open on January 9th 2023.  Feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss grant or collaboration ideas. HTSA is happy to help facilitate links with health services.  

Finally, HTSA will be closed over the holiday break from Friday December 23rd-Monday January 2nd inclusive. We look forward to returning to work in 2023, re-energised and ready to tackle all that 2023 has in store. 

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy festive season! 

Wendy Keech
CEO, Health Translation SA

Diversity & inclusion under the spotlight in Second PRMs Research Collaborative Symposium

Presented by HTSA in collaboration with the CEIH , the 2nd Patient Report­ed Mea­sures (PRMs) Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive Symposium was held on 14 November 2022 in the SAHRMI auditorium.

The theme of the symposium was Using patient-reported measures to improve health care for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations, People living with a Disability and First Nations peoples, with guest presenters sharing real world examples of how policy, practice and research can work together to address system challenges. 

CEO of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), Mohammad Al-Khafaji provided an insightful keynote address, ending on a thought-provoking quote which resonated with many attendees: ‘Diversity in Australia is a fact- but inclusion is a choice.’
Other guest presenters provided examples of how their work sought to adapt or utilise PRMs to improve engagement with underrepresented populations. The day culminated in a panel session and interactive workshop, with invited guests sharing their lived experience of being from and/or advocating for culturally and linguistic diverse communities, and/or people living with disability.

The tips and recommendations raised by presenters and in the workshops will be utilised by the CEIH State-wide PRM Program, incorporating learnings into their planning and approach to implementation, which is scheduled to commence in stage 1 services approximately mid-2023.

Read more here about the PRMs Research Collaborative

Top: Mohammed Al-Khafaji
Left: Panel session (L-R) Mohammed Al-Khafaji, Lana Earle-Bandaralage, Ruby Nankivell, Felicity Crowther
Workshop session co-led by Dr Agustina Gancia and Lana Earle-Bandaralage

Annual Consumer & Community Engagement Summit

HTSA's Annual Consumer & Community Engagement 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. This year, the summit was held on November 29th in the SAHMRI auditorium, with guests also attending virtually throughout the day.

The 2022 summit explored the importance of involving diverse consumer perspectives in health research across the continuum of the research lifecycle, and at all points of the translation pathway. The day showcased informative presentations and case studies, interactive sessions, and a panel.

A key highlight of the day was the opportunity to hear from Dr Antoine Boivin, Daniel Turgeon and Ghislaine Rouly from Canada Research Chair on Partnership with Patients and Communities. Despite the time difference, and the fact that they had a grant application due the next day, the Canadian team were only too pleased to join the summit virtually to present their work and answer audience questions. 

Thankyou also to the other presenters and panel members who made the event such a success, including Barbara Chappell (Simply Speaking Consulting), Di Smith-McCue (Women and Children’s Hospital Network), Odette Pearson & Kim Morey (Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity theme, SAHMRI), Gillian Caughey (ROSA, SAHMRI), and panel members Mohammed Al Khafaji, Felicity Crowther and Hanna Beinke. 

You can catch up on the presentations here

Photos (L-R): Mohammed Al-Khafaji, Felicity Crowther, Hanna Beinke, Agustina Gancia

2023 NHMRC Research Translation Symposium

Thanks for your support of the 2023 NHMRC Research Translation Symposium last month, which this year explored the theme of Embracing Diversity. 

A particular thanks to those who joined us in the SAHMRI Auditorium on November 21st to view the live stream, and network over lunch. 

All of the plenary presentation recordings are now available on the Symposium platform, so you can now catch up on a session you might have missed or re-watch a session you found particularly interesting. All of the Symposium presentations, including the posters, will remain available on the Joyn platform until November 2023.

Looking for your next opportunity?

HTSA is currently recruiting for a new Senior Project Officer- Capacity Building for a 12 month contract (parental leave cover)

The Senior Project Officer (SPO), Capacity Building is responsible for the high-level coordination of the capacity building program across HTSA and its 11 Partners that enhance and enable research translation across the State.The position will be responsible for coordinating HTSA activities to ensure the organisation meets the requirements outlined by the NHMRC, and the priorities set by its Partners.

Find out more by viewing the position description here

Taking the next steps: Informing the transformation of the research sector to respond to Aboriginal research priorities and ways of conducting research

The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (supported by Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Research at SAHMRI) invites you to complete an anonymous online survey to identify the needs of the health and medical research sector in South Australia to respond to Aboriginal-informed research priorities and ways of conducting research.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be found here:

You can read more about the survey on this information sheet

Professor Robin Clark (CHAP) leading nursing and midwifery research at Flinders Uni
New leadership role for HTSA Flagship Lead 

HTSA wishes to congratulate senior clinician and Flinders University researcher, Professor Robyn Clark,  who has been appointed as Professor of Nursing and Director of Nursing and Midwifery Research at Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. Professor Clark is the lead for the Country Heart Attack Prevention (CHAP) project, one of HTSA's key flagship programs. 

The joint appointment by SALHN and Flinders University will focus on enhancing the nexus of clinical care, research and teaching and is the first research position of its kind at SALHN in almost 20 years.

Professor Clark will work collaboratively with the SALHN Nursing and Midwifery leadership team and Caring Futures Institute leadership to promote nursing and midwifery research and higher education sector research partnerships.

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

Implementation Science Health Conference Australia

Australia’s premier national implementation science conference for the health sector will be held in Sydney on 23 and 24 March 2023.

The second Implementation Science Health Conference Australia
(ISHCA 23) will bring together leaders in implementation science and practice to share successful innovations and insights on how to sustain evidence-based healthcare improvement at scale.

Registrations are now open, with more detail available at the ISHACA 23 website

Webinar recording available now: Principles of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Research & Engaging Meaningfully with Community 

MTPConnect’s Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) program, a Medical Research Future Fund initiative will open Round 3 of its Research Projects funding opportunity in early 2023 to support diabetes and cardiovascular disease projects that address the unmet health and medical needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in rural, remote, regional, and urban centres.
In anticipation of the round, MTPConnect hosted a webinar to highlight key elements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research that potential applicants should consider early when building their projects and teams.
Teams interested in applying for Round 3 TTRA funding are strongly encouraged to view the webinar. See the TTRA Round 3 webpage for more information.

$38.5 million to support the rapid translation of research into clinical practice and quality health care

Guidelines for the 2022 Rapid Applied Research Translation grant opportunity are now available. The grant opportunity will provide $38.5 million for projects that accelerate the implementation of research knowledge and outcomes into health care and practice. Funding is from the MRFF’s Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative.

Applications open on 9 January 2023 and close 12 May 2023.

Find out more about this grant opportunity.

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.

NFMRI General Grant Round- opens Jan 29th 2023

Expressions of interest for the NFMRI general grant round will soon open. Applications for innovations across all diseases and conditions are sought from Australian publicly funded research organisations. 

Find out more at the NFMRI website

JBI Evidence Implementation Program Scholarship 

JBI is offering scholarships for the JBI Evidence Implementation Training Program in March 2023.
The JBI Evidence Implementation Training Program is a ‘hands on’, supported approach to practice change, providing attendees with proven approaches to implementing evidence into practice.
Open to healthcare professionals who are passionate about implementing the best available evidence into day-to-day practice.
Applications close 25 January 2023.
Learn more and download the JBI EITP scholarship flyer

Watch this space!

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