Joining the Dots
August Newsletter

Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people
A note from the CEO
Plotting our strategic directions for the next 18 months was a key focus of HTSA’s Board of Partners meeting held on Friday 19 July 2019.
It was agreed that our work would address three key strategic priorities: 
  • Mobilising leadership and collaboration to address health system challenges
  • Building expertise in SA through projects and capacity building initiatives
  • Developing a state-wide translational pathway 
Importantly, we are developing an Impact Evaluation Framework to ensure we can map and measure our progress towards our goal of accelerating the translation of research along the impact pathway to improve health outcomes for South Australia.  

We continue to move ahead with our work with the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health to develop data and analytics solutions, and we have recently established a working group to bring together representatives from all universities and SAHMRI to strengthen and position South Australia to maximise Medical Research Future Fund grant funding success.
Finally, I would like to encourage any students interested in pursuing a Masters or PhD in Health and Medical Research to attend our Higher Degree Research Open Night being held on Thursday 19 September 2019 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at SAHMRI. Hosted by Health Translation SA, this event is a great opportunity to discuss potential project opportunities with leading SA research institutions. See further details in the newsletter to register.

Wendy Keech
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  • Higher Degree by Research Student Open Night
  • Community Engagement Report 2018 -19
  • HTSA Website Expansion
  • Open and Upcoming Funding Opportunities
  • The 15th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) conference
  • Research Impact Summit
  • Sax Institute for early career researchers training course
  • Masters of Healthcare Innovations Course
  • Share your stories with us


HTSA Website Expansion

Health Translation SA's website has developed a few more pages and we are ready to share them with you! We've added a drop down menu dedicated to opportunities, where you can search through events and seminars, funding opportunities, community engagement opportunities and training.

On top of these new features, we've also added a newsletter section where you can view all of our newsletters sent out in the past. This is all part of our new structure, allowing a more comprehensive user experience and transparency, giving you an insight into the hard work of HTSA. Visit our website and enjoy! 


Higher Degree by Research Student Open Night

Are you interested in a Masters or PhD in Health and Medical Research?
Discuss your options with leading SA research institutions.

Thursday 19 September 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm
South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI) Auditorium
North Terrace

Health Translation SA invites you to attend an Open Night to explore your options to pursue a postgraduate research degree that addresses cutting edge health and medical issues.

This free, informal expo event provides the opportunity for potential students to meet with leading research groups as well as current students from Uni SA, Adelaide University, Flinders University, CSIRO and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

What can you expect?
  • Opportunity to explore research areas and identify a project area of interest
  • Chat to current supervisors about research areas/projects
  • Find out about scholarships
  • Meet current students & get the inside story in our networking lounge
  • Food and drinks will be provided
  • Enter prize draw for a one-year subscription to NETFLIX

Registration closes Monday,16 September 2019


Community Engagement Report 2018 - 19
Health Translation SA (HTSA) is pleased to announce the publication of our first ever Community Engagement Report 2018-19 (the Report).
Information within the report reflects the dual role our Consumer Engagement Project Officer, Alex Michelmore, has across both HTSA and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and includes:
  • An outline of community engagement activities and achievements of SAHMRI and HTSA from July 2018 to June 2019, including HTSA’s involvement in national community engagement initiatives as a part of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA);
  • Examples of how community members have been involved or are influencing our research projects; and
  • ‘Looks back’ over the past four years and highlights the achievements of SAHMRI since the development of the SAHMRI Consumer and Community Engagement Framework.
Several highlights over the past year include:
  • Holding the first ‘Connecting with Community’ Forum, bringing together over 60 consumers and researchers currently undertaking consumer engagement activities across SAHMRI, HTSA and Adelaide Bio-Med City.
  • Collaborating with Flinders University to run a ‘Partnership in Research Workshop’. Several researcher and consumer partnerships were formed, and a second event is planned.
  • Launching the Community Interest Register, enabling access to a database of community members who are interested in being involved in health and medical research within South Australia.
A copy of the full report is available via the link below.
Community Engagement Report




The 15th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) conference

Health Translation SA would like to invite you to attend, and is proud to support the 15th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) conference hosted by University of South Australia.

Health Translation SA aims to bring together health care stakeholders and promote collaboration to enable research findings to be translated into action and impact. Focussed on trustworthy evidence for questions that matter, this conference will provide opportunities to listen and learn, and share experiences and perspectives from around the world on the important role of guidelines in 21st century health care.  

The conference is relevant for all health care stakeholders and those interested in addressing evidence-practice gaps by promoting best practice and improving the quality and safety of health care.

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Research Impact Summit
Translation, Implementation Science, Collaboration & Engagement, Dissemination, and Research Impact
21 - 22 October 2019

The Research Impact Summit is an annual, online and FREE event featuring over 20 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and industry influencers.

Covering themes of translation, implementation science, collaboration & engagement, dissemination, and research impact this summit will transform the way you plan for and deliver on your impact endeavours.

The summit is for researchers, research support and administrators, research funders and anyone wanting to learn more about research impact (whether you are new to research impact or have years of experience).

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Skills-based training course for early career researchers
Building successful partnerships for policy-relevant research
5 - 7 November 2019

Research conducted with policy partners can have a greater chance of impacting on policies, programs and services.

But how do early career researchers build these partnerships? How do they manage and sustain them? And how do they get their research findings known and used?

Sax Institute are offering a new skills-based training course, launched in 2017, which has been developed to address these questions. It's a 3 day, face-to-face course, drawing on the expertise of senior policy makers and researchers to help early career researchers build the skills required to initiate and sustain research partnerships with policy makers.

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Masters of Healthcare Innovations Course
Innovate, inspire and create positive change with the Master of Healthcare Innovations

The first of its kind in Australia, the groundbreaking new Master of Healthcare Innovations targets at a diverse cohort of health leaders; health administrators, academics, nurses and allied health disciplines who want to be systems thinkers and problem solvers by using research based evidence to deliver high quality healthcare in the 21st century.

This innovative, multidisciplinary program is run in conjunction with the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond Business School and the Bond University Transformer, allowing students to explore the content led by global leaders in higher education, research and innovation.

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The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine offers students 3 pathway degrees as study options that lead into the Master of Healthcare Innovations. 

These degrees can also be studied individually and cover a range of different areas that may suit individual needs. 

For more detail on each degree, please click the links below or submit an enquiry to discuss the best study option for you.

Graduate Certificate in Health Systems
Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice
Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovations

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