What's been happening at Health Translation SA
Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people.
July Newsletter
Message from the CEO
I am so pleased to be able to write this introduction today from my office in SAHMRI, sitting in person alongside - 1.5m gap of course - my team. Life is slowly returning to what we previously regarded as ‘normal’ albeit while continuing to practice distancing and hygiene measures.  During what has been a difficult time for all of us personally and professionally, the team at Health Translation SA, as well as our partners and stakeholders, adapted quickly to new ways of working and continued to support impactful research for better health in South Australia. 
Like many other organisations we contributed to the South Australian COVID-19 response. HTSA and SAHMRI worked with key players at SA Health and the Commission in Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH) to mobilise the rapid synthesise of all available evidence to inform the planning and decision making of the SA State-wide COVID 19 Taskforce. Our HTSA data fellows worked with researchers, clinicians and data analytics experts to undertake analyses to rapidly inform Health Service workforce planning and to help predict the impact of COVID-19 on the broader health system.  We also established a COVID-19 Research Register to capture and promote COVID-19 research projects taking place in SA. For more information on our COVID-19 response go to 
Work on our Medical Research Future Fund Better Care projects continues with some welcome adjustments to project timeframes and there has been significant progress on the work to reset clinical research governance in this state. A communique outlining the last developments is featured in this newsletter. 
I have been very pleased with our ability to be flexible in these uncertain and changing times while continuing to deliver on our core business. More than ever we are reminded of the important role science plays in keeping our community healthy and strong.
As the current situation in Melbourne demonstrates the COVID-19 crisis is ongoing and it is important that we continue to follow the testing, distancing and hygiene practices that have gotten us to our current strong position.  Operationally for HTSA this means much of our work will continue to be conducted virtually and via digital platforms.
Stay safe and healthy
Wendy Keech, CEO

How Health Translation SA is driving positive change in research governance for better patient health

Clinical research governance – the system that manages health research and clinical trials – is being reset. Health Translation SA is coordinating and facilitating the change in South Australia’s research governance.

For an update on the progress of this key initiative, see the most recent communique below.

HTSA Resources
View our updated and newly released resources.
HTSA SA Productivity Commission Submission

HTSA Annual Review

SA COVID-19 Research Register 7th Edition

SA COVID-19 Evidence Taskforce

Consumer and Community Engagement in Health and Medical Research Induction
Join us for the first Consumer and Community Engagement in Health and Medical Research Induction event.

If you are currently listed in our Community Interest register at SAHMRI and would like to learn more on what it means to be a community member involved in health and medical research, this event is for you. This session aims to:
  1. present why consumer and community engagement in research is important, and
  2. describe what role consumers and community members may have in a research project
  3. introduce you to the research cycle, SAHMRI and examples of consumer engagement
Examples of consumer and community engagement will be presented and there will be opportunity to ask questions via chat.

Date: 30 July 2020
Time: 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM ACST
Location: This event will take place online, as a webinar, on ZOOM. Details will be sent to attendees before the event.

Please RVSP by COB Monday 27th July 2020 to secure a spot.

If you wish to receive more information, please contact Agustina Gancia, the Senior Project Officer for Consumer Engagement at community@sahmri.com.
Register here
> Do you know someone we should be celebrating? If so, nominate them!
The South Australian Community Achievement Awards

We are all experiencing an extraordinary situation with COVID-19 turning our world upside down right now. We want to help make a difference, by recognising those in our local communities who are stepping up for others.

Designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout South Australia. We would love your help in sharing positive stories to encourage people to stay strong, be kind and work hard to ensure South Australia comes out the other side an even better place to live.

To find out more about the Awards please visit our website.
Nominations close Tuesday 11th August 2020. 

> BCG vaccination to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in healthcare workers (The BRACE Trial)

If you're a healthcare worker in South Australia, you're invited to join the BRACE trial, which is investigating whether the BCG vaccine, alongside the flu vaccine, can reduce the consequences of COVID19 in Australian healthcare workers.

National Institute for Health Research
Consumer and community engagement in health and medical research during COVID-19

With COVID-19 bringing our work online, it is important to keep consumers and community members engaged in health and medical research as they have a say in the decisions and solutions taken for the healthcare system.

The NIHR has put together a list of resources supporting research teams to continue their engagement with consumers and community members.

View the resources

View funding opportunities

>> View all upcoming events and training >>

COVID-19, Clinical Trials and the Life Sciences

14 July

From recruitment to submission, hybrid and virtual clinical trials and the increased application of digital healthcare technologies present risks we may not have imagined. It’s essential to have plans in place to protect your emerging liabilities.


Clinical Trials
and AI

16 July

There are a number of significant ethical considerations and challenges, as well as adjustments likely to be required to regulatory frameworks as these technologies evolve and the social licence to operate is continuously negotiated.

> LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Research Impact Academy

Creating, capturing and communicating research impact

28 - 30 July

This live and online workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of research impact and help you understand what it is, how you can plan for it, and how to easily create more opportunities to take your work to the next level.

> FREE ONLINE SUMMIT: Research Impact Academy

Inspiring Change: Creating impact with evidence-based implementation

24 - 25 August

Featuring over 20 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and influencers from government, policy and business.

> WORKSHOP: The Sax Institute

Critical appraisal of research: Skills to use evidence wisely in your work

24 - 31 July

Are you a policy maker or program manager who needs to use research findings in your work? If so, the Sax Institute’s upcoming training course could be for you.

> BEAT-CKD Annual Research Forum: SAHMRI

Connecting People and Science in the Disinformation Age

3 August
For patients, family members, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers with an interest in conducting and implementing research to improve outcomes for people with chronic kidney disease.

>> View more upcoming events and training >>

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For any queries please contact:
Jenni Carr, Senior Project Officer
P 08 8128 4380
E enquiries@healthtranslationsa.org.au

Postal address:
PO Box 11060
Adelaide SA 5001

Our staff team location:
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

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