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

Welcome to the first edition of the Newsletter for 2022! On behalf of the Health Translation SA Team, we wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you’re feeling a little refreshed after the Christmas break!

It’s been an interesting start to the year as the team has once again adjusted to working from home. Despite this, it has been an incredibly busy time for us as we put the finishing touches on the NHMRC re-accreditation application, before submitting the document in late January.

I would like to thank everyone who was involved in developing the application. Your reviews, feedback and ideas have been invaluable, and we look forward to sharing the feedback from the Research Translation Centre Assessment Panel once we know more.

Now it’s time to get back to progressing the important system-level initiatives we have already committed to or will commence this year, and supporting our Flagships and our Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation projects!

One exciting system-level initiative that commenced last year is the establishment of SA Node of the Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA) project. Tamara Hooper, who is featured in this month’s Newsletter, has recently started within the Health Translation SA team and will have responsibility for supporting the project locally. We look forward to getting to know Tamara and seeing this infrastructure take shape in 2022.

In other news I am continuing to work with SA Health and our other Partners to advance the Recommendations of the SA Productivity Commission Review into Health and Medical Research (H&MR) including development of a H&MR Strategy for SA. Health Translation SA is keen to ensure the H&MR Strategy highlights the importance of impactful H&MR and builds a statewide ecosystem to support it.

Wendy Keech, CEO

Our newest team member set to help establish the SA Node of the Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA)
Tamara Hooper has recently joined the Health Translation SA team full-time as a Project Manager. Tamara will work closely with Australian Research Data Commons to establish the SA Node of the HeSANDA project. The primary focus of the project is to develop national infrastructure to enable researchers to access and share data from health studies, with an initial focus on clinical trials.
Tamara was recently employed as a Project Manager of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Registry (supported by the Australasian Cardiac Outcomes Registry).
Tamara’s initial healthcare experience includes Intensive Care (ICU) Nursing, ICU Clinical Trials, Clinical Practice Improvement, Safety and Quality. From there, she moved into the commercial medical device industry working for two different companies and was appointed national roles within education, marketing and sales. 
From 2010 to 2015, Tamara moved back into the world of research, safety and quality as the Project Manager on two large NHRMC grants related to the assessment of the appropriateness of care for adults and children. As an aside to this role, her continued interest in Safety and Quality led to an opportunity of teaching the methodology and practice of Root Cause Analysis on behalf of SA Health, QLD Health, NT Health and the Australian Council for Healthcare Standards.
Tamara continues to be passionate about facilitating healthcare improvements at individual, group and system levels.
We welcome Tamara to the team and look forward to seeing the HeSANDA project come to life within SA over the coming months.

Health Translation SA team working remotely and Covid-19 vaccination reminder
The Health Translation SA team is currently working from home and conducting most of our day-to-day meetings online. However, if you are attending a meeting at SAHMRI in the coming months, please remember that you must be fully vaccinated. 

If you don’t have a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate, 
please visit this Department for Health webpage
 here for instructions about how to access it.
Thank you again for your ongoing cooperation in helping protect our team, the people we work with at SAHMRI and the broader community.

Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash.

Consumer Engagement Community of Practice - Join now!

Following a successful 2021 program, the SAHMRI Consumer Engagement Community of Practice (CoP) is expanding in 2022. Membership is now open to researchers, staff, consumers and students affiliated with all Health Translation SA partners organisations.

One of the core domains of the CoP model is to build strong relationships between members through discussion, activities, and shared learning. In addition to monthly meetings, which were the mainstay of the 2021 education program, the CoP now offers an online group platform (via MS Teams). The 2022 program will provide a mix of guest speaker presentations,journal club sessions and informal “Q&A” sessions to support peer-to-peer discussion and knowledge sharing on a range of consumer engagement topics and methods.
If you have a passion for consumer engagement in health and medical research or want to learn how to do it better, please join us as a member of the CoP. Meetings will begin Friday 18 February (12:00 - 1:00pm) and will then be held monthly (online).

To sign up, please provide your details via the following link:

Are you a women working in women's health research? Share your views now!

The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) Women's Health Research, Translation and Impact Network is conducting its second annual survey into the career development needs and challenges of early and mid-career women working in women's health research and translation.
We invite female EMCRs to tell us about the information, resources, and support needed to progress and develop their careers.
The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will help us strengthen and support women in their research careers. It’s anonymous, voluntary and participants may withdraw at any time.

Surveys should be completed by Friday, 25 February 2022.

If you have any questions, please email Joanna Ong at
>> Click here to start the survey >>

Want to learn more about the Research Impact? Join us from mid-March for our latest Spotlight Series!

Health Translation SA's next ‘spotlight’ will be on Research Impact. From mid-March we will be sharing resources and webinars to raise awareness of the importance of research impact; what it is, how to measure it and strategies for effective dissemination.

Follow Health Translation SA on Twitter to keep up to date during the months of March and April.

Photo by Luis Morera on Unsplash.

Are you a researcher or policy professional? Register now for the next Research - Policy Partnerships Masterclass!

The Centre for Health in All Policies, one of Health Translation SA Flagship Programs, is hosting it's next Research - Policy Partnerships Masterclass in March.

The Masterclass is open to researchers/academics, policy professionals and government/non-government officials interested in:
  • Sharing experiences with researchers and policy actors in an interactive space
  • Developing skills and expertise in collaboration for research-to-policy translation
  • Exploring opportunities for working across research policy boundaries
  • Networking and building research and policy partnerships
The Masterclass is run over three days:
  • Module 1: Concepts & Frameworks - 15/03/2022
  • Module 2: Tools & Skills - 16/03/2022
  • Module 3: Application & Practice - 25/03/2022
To find and more information, including how to register, click here.

Don't miss out! Cultural Awareness and Cultural Safety Training Workshops available to research staff from Health Translation SA partner agencies in March.

Research staff from Health Translation SA Partner Agencies who may supervise Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander members of the health/health research workforce (staff/students) as part of their role are invited to participate in a package of Cultural Awareness and Cultural Safety training workshops.

This 2 ½-day package aims to develop the capacity of non-Indigenous managers in building and maintaining culturally safe and respectful work environments for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health/health research workforce.

To register your interest, or for more information, please contact:
>> Download training information flyer >>

Keep an eye out for the great range of short courses offered by Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) throughout the year!

JBI has evidence synthesis and evidence implementation short courses ranging from one day to six months, tailored to meet the needs of busy health professionals, researchers, academics and policy makers.

If you’re interested in learning more about Comprehensive Systematic Review, Scoping Reviews, GRADE, Clinical Leadership or Evidence Implementation, visit their website 
Current MRFF Grant Opportunities:
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant 
  • Glioblastoma Adaptive Global Innovative Learning Environment (GBM AGILE) Clinical Trial Grant 
  • International Clinical Trials 
  • Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents Grant 
  • Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant 
  • Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant 
  • Cardiovascular Health Grant
  • Primary Health Care Research Grant 
  • Stem Cell Therapies Grant
  • Clinical Trials Activity Grant
  • Chronic Neurological Conditions Grant
  • Brain Cancer Research Grant
  • Consumer-Led Research Grant
  • Maternal Health and Healthy Lifestyle Grant
  • Early to Mid Career Researchers Grant
  • Primary Health Care Digital Innovation Grant
  • Chronic Respiratory Conditions Grant
  • Indigenous Health Research Grant
For a list of all MRFF grant opportunities from January 2021, click here.

Other Grant Opportunities:
  • National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation: Alzheimer's Disease Grant
  • National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation: General Grant Round 
>> View funding opportunities >>

  • Masterclass: Research - Policy Partnerships - 15, 16 & 25 March 
  • Cultural Awareness & Cultural Safety Training - 15, 22 & 23 March
  • 2022 South Australian Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Summit - 25 Mar
  • PRAXIS: Good Clinical Practice Online Module (Exclusive Offer)
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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