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

Health Translation SA convened our first Board of Partners meeting for the year on March 2 with leaders from our eleven partners organisations, our independent chair, Dr Leanna Read and Consumer Action Group chair, Dr Nadia Corsini. It was a great opportunity to reflect on all the platforms, networks, and connections we now have in place across the state to advance the translation of research to improve health outcomes and plan our exciting work agenda for 2022.

Important highlights in the next few weeks include:

  • In mid-March, we are kicking off our next Spotlight Series on Research Impact. The Spotlight Series provides Health Translation SA with an opportunity to share information and targeted webinars on topics we think are critical to effective research translation. We have a great line-up of webinar presenters, including Dr Tamika Heiden from the Research Impact Academy and Professor Julian Grant from the NHMRC Health Research Impact Committee. I encourage you all to register your interest below!
  • On March 18, Health Translation SA, in collaboration with our partner the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health, will hold the first Patient Reported Measures Research (PRMs) Collaborative Symposium which will showcase PRMs research currently being undertaken in SA.
  • On March 25 we will be joining our partners –the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and Flinders University – to run a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Showcase event to bring together MRFF experts from Canberra, leading health professionals and successful researchers to explore ways for SA to attract more MRFF funding to SA.

Information on all events can be found below. We can’t wait to see you there!

During the last month, the Health Studies National Data Asset (HeSANDA) project has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of Tamara Hooper (Health Translation SA Project Manager). Health Translation SA, as the SA HeSANDA Node, is working with our partners, to build this Clinical Trials data sharing platform over the next 18 months. Watch out for a lot more information on this project in coming months.

Finally, we were excited to work with many members of both the clinical and research communities to develop a state-wide MRFF grant to address Emergency Department congestion, that was submitted earlier in the month. While the grant process was an absolute whirlwind, given the short timelines, it was a great demonstration of the role Heath Translation SA can play in bringing together collaborative state-wide partnerships to address important problems. We will find out the results of the grant in the months ahead. 

Wendy Keech, CEO

Keeping up-to-date with Health Translation SA activities and events!
Since Health Translation SA changed its name and logo in 2018, we have placed greater importance on developing our communication and marketing strategies, not only to promote what we do as an organisation, but also to have platforms available to our partners, researchers and other stakeholders to showcase their events and the impact and achievements of their research projects, system-level initiatives and other activities.

In 2019, Health Translation SA employed its first Communication Officer whose primary role was to maintain our website, publish our regular Health Translation SA newsletter and grow our social media presence. During this time, we expanded our newsletter subscribers to over 800 people, established Linked-In and Twitter accounts with regular weekly posts and almost doubled our website engagement from 2,768 times (1 March to 1 September 2019) to 4,653 times (1 March to 1 September 2020).

With the establishment of our core communications channels, the Communication Officer position was re-orientated at the end of 2020 to take on a strategic coordination role.This change has seen more of a focus on showcasing our translational research projects and other Health Translation SA collaborative research projects and increasing brand recognition. Impact stories are now being published in our Newsletter and on our website on a regular basis and we look forward to bringing you more of these soon! 

As Health Translation SA networks and projects expand, our communication needs continue to change. Two key priorities that have been identified for 2022 are:
  • to undertake a review of the Health Translation SA website to update content and improve usability; and
  • to establish a regular monthly social media posting schedule.
Later this year we also plan to conduct a short survey to seek your feedback on what information you find useful for us to share and if there are any changes we can make to support our partners and audience better. Keep an eye out for this in the one of the upcoming Newsletters! 

To learn more about Health Translation SA and keep up-to-date with relevant news and events, visit our website or subscribe to our communication channels:  
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Do you have an event or story you would like to share in our Newsletter? 

We would love to hear from you!

Come and chat to the Health Translation SA team on Level 8 in the SAHMRI Building (left of the central staircase) or contact Alex Michelmore, our Strategic Communications Officer, via email:

Consumer & Community Engagement Summit Report - Now available!
On 17 November 2021, Health Translation SA, in partnership with the SAHMRI Consumer Engagement Community of Practice, was delighted to welcome more than 50 consumers, community members, researchers and health professionals to the 2021 Consumer and Community Engagement Summit. Summit attendees learnt about strategies for effective community engagement in research, listened to consumer stories, and shared perspectives on how to improve engagement in all stages of the health research life-cycle.
The Summit event report is now available on our website, click
Health Translation SA  is continuing to engage with our community members and consumer representatives in 2022, with a range of initiatives aimed at; building the skills of consumers, researchers and professionals; promoting the value of consumer engagement in research; and increasing the quality and quantity of consumer engagement in research across our partner organisations.

If you would like to learn more about training opportunities, or to request support to link researchers with consumers, please
visit our website or email

Photo of participants of the Consumer & Community Engagement Summit

Learn about 10 inspiring research projects from around Australia in the Australian Health Research Alliance's (AHRA) first ever Impact Report

The 2022 Impact Report showcases ten inspiring examples of research that have been successfully implemented in practice, resulting in tangible patient and public benefits. This includes one of our very own research projects led by South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Deputy Director and Women and Kids Theme Leader Professor Maria Makrides. 

"Individually and collectively they demonstrate that improved and accelerated research translation is not only feasible, but delivers improved patient outcomes, higher-performing and more sustainable health services, more satisfied staff, and economic benefit for our communities" - Professor Don Nutbeam (Chair, AHRA).

Congratulations to all of research projects included in the Impact Report. 

To read the full report, click here

Spotlight Series: Research Impact - Webinar program out now! 

Join us for one, or all, of the upcoming webinars in our next Spotlight Series on Research Impact

Monday 21 March, 12-1pm 
Research Impact: An introduction

Monday 28 March, 12-1pm 
Evaluating Impact; developing an impact framework
Monday 4 April, 12-1pm 
Assessing Impact; insights from the NHMRC
Friday 8 April, 12-1pm 
Impactful Projects: Announcement of Health Translation SA Research Impact Awards and project snapshots

For more information on the webinar presenters, please click on the zoom links above or the program flyer here

Photo by Luis Morera on Unsplash.

Would you like to explore ways to attract more Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funding and initiatives in SA?

Health Translation SA is proud to be co-hosting with Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and Flinders University the first ever MRFF Summit. 

The MRFF Summit aims to bring together leading health professionals and researchers to explore ways to attract MRFF funding and support MRFF initiatives for the benefit of the South Australian community.

Attendees will:
  • Hear from the administrators of the MRFF on the background and strategy of the scheme
  • Hear from successful applicants on what it takes to win MRFF grant applications
  • Connect with others to identify new partnerships
  • Contribute to the development of a MRFF strategy for South Australia
  • Discuss current MRFF priorities and opportunities for grant submissions
The event will be held on Friday 25 March between 2:00 - 5:00pm at Flinders University in the Health Sciences Building Lecture Theatre 1.09 and will be available online as a livestream through the link here.

The event will be followed by a networking opportunity catered for through generous support from the Flinders Foundation.  

If you are interested in attending the event, please register
here. Please feel welcome to distribute this invite amongst your colleagues and peers.

Would you like to hear about Patient Reported Measures (PRMs) research already underway in South Australia? 

In collaboration with the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health, Health Translation SA is excited to see the launch of the PRMs Research Collaborative and first PRM Research Symposium in 2022! 

The Collaborative is open to people across the health and research sectors and entitles you to be part of the Collaboratives' activities, including the inaugural PRMs Research Symposium. Asso­ciate Mem­ber­ship is also avail­able to inter­state clinicians/​researchers/​health pro­fes­sion­als, con­sumers and car­ers, stu­dents and peo­ple with an inter­est in PRMs.  

The Symposium will showcase the PRMs research already underway in South Australia, as well as offer opportunity for networking and relationship building for future collaboration.

PRMs Research Symposium Event Details
Date: Friday, 18 March 2022
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: SAHMRI, Auditorium (Level 03, Plaza Level), North Terrace
Format: In person attendance, spaces are limited (the event may convert to a virtual experience if COVID-19 restrictions prohibit). 

To confirm your membership and register to attend the Symposium, click

Other events & training:
  • Masterclass: Research - Policy Partnerships - 15, 16 & 25 Mar
  • Cultural Awareness & Cultural Safety Training - 15, 22 & 23 Mar
  • 2022 South Australian Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Summit - 25 Mar
  • 16th National Rural Health Conference - 2 - 4 Aug
  • Health Services Research Conference - 30 Nov - 2 Dec
>> View all event & training opportunities >>

Applications for the 2022 RACGP Foundation/HCF Research Foundation Research Grant - Now open!

The HCF Research Foundation and the RACGP Foundation have established a research grant to fund research into health services issues of relevance to general practice. To be eligible for the RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant, the principal investigator must be a general practitioner or general practice registrar.

For more information visit their website.

Health Translation SA is also available to discuss and support SA based applications. Send an email to to request assistance. 


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. To see all of the funding schemes available, click here

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 
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. To see what MRFF grant opportunities are currently open and their status, click here.

Many of our partner organisations have a dedicated person that can assist you in applying for MRFF grant opportunities. For a list of South Australian based MRFF Support Leads, click here

Follow us on Linked In and Twitter to learn about other funding opportunities that become available throughout the year. 

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