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

It’s been another action packed month for the HTSA team!

Importantly, we have been working closely with our partner organisations on the grant application process for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 2020 Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Program. This is now an open, competitive process and HTSA is collaborating with each eligible partner organisation to help develop projects that we believe will be highly impactful for South Australia and Australia, if successful. The MRFF represents an exciting funding opportunity that focuses on research that directly improves health outcomes.

HTSA is pleased to see the release of the
SA Productivity Commission Report into the performance of health and medical research in South Australia. We are working with the HTSA Board of Partners to identify how we enable the recommendations to be implemented.

Over the coming months, HTSA will be showcasing a range of impact stories that relate to our projects. They will describe the benefits to community, clinicians and health services. Stay tuned! 

Wendy Keech, CEO
TidyTuesday - A Community of Practice by and for R users

Tuesday mornings in the SAHMRI café have been a little different this year. Since January, the big tables have attracted an increasing number of administrators, clinicians, researchers and students who are unified by their interest in using the
R language for statistical programming.

This congregation forms part of a worldwide movement known as TidyTuesday. Each Tuesday morning a new public dataset is released by the R for Data Science Online Learning Community and users spend a limited period of time writing code that turns this into an insightful product such as a data visualisation. You can view some of the previous work by the group here.

TidyTuesday’s are run as a community of practice where everyone working in the South Australian healthcare system looking to improve their proficiency with R are welcome. Participation is encouraged by professionals actively using R and by supporting colleagues who would like to understand more about the use of R in practice. Anyone can ask for help when they need it and the group provides support when they are able.

Health Translation SA has made this possible through its
Health Analytics Research Collaborative program. The data fellows employed in this program have established this event and will continue to build capacity for data and technology in the health system in South Australia.

For more information, or to join the group in person or online, please contact Owen Churches, Senior Data Fellow via email

Primary and Acute Care Interface Data Project - Update

HTSA is leading a project that aims to better use healthcare data to improve patient care as people transition in and out of hospital. Broad consultation has identified connecting General Practice and hospital Electronic Medical Record data as a pressing need of high priority to patients, carers and clinicians alike. 

Together with Digital Health SA (SA Health) we will be holding a forum on Thursday, April 29 at SAHMRI with GPs, hospital clinicians, and members of the community who have experience as patients or carers in transitioning between hospital and community care settings. The purpose of the forum is to identify and prioritise the expressed needs of GPs, hospital clinicians, and patients/carers regarding the real-time transfer of clinical information. These ‘user requirements’ will inform the technical solution developed or adopted.

GP and community representatives wanted!
If you are interested in representing general practice or patients/carers at the forum and providing advice around the needs of these sectors, please send an expression of interest to In-person attendees will be reimbursed for their time.
Congratulations to ROSA! Finalists in the 2020 SA Health Awards

HTSA would like to congratulate the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) team for becoming a finalist in the recent SA Health Awards. The Awards showcase excellence in the public health sector, and recognise individuals, teams, programs or projects that have significantly improved the delivery of health services in the South Australian community.

The ROSA team was nominated for the Minister’s Research and Innovation Award for their work in understanding how older people navigate between the aged care and healthcare sectors. Individuals assessed by Aged Care Assessment Teams across South Australia since August 2018 have been enrolled in the registry, unless choosing to opt out. Linked health and aged care Information is used to provide evidence needed to support the development of more coordinated, efficient, high quality, innovative and age-friendly services and practices. Using historical data, the ROSA team have already made meaningful contributions towards improving the health outcomes of older people across Australia, for example, development of a quality and safety monitoring system for residential aged care that has been used by the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Check out the ROSA website for more information on the registry and their research.

The overall winner of this award was SA Pathology, State-wide Clinical Support Services at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network for their Design of an in-house COVID-19 Molecular Testing Platform. To find out more about all the SA Health award winners and finalists, visit the SA Health

Photo (left to right): Prof Renuka Visvanathan, A/Prof Gillian Caughey, Dr Sarah Bray and Dr Jyoti Khadka.

South Australian Productivity Commission Health and Medical Research Inquiry Report - Full report now available

In February 2020 the South Australian Productivity Commission (the Commission) was tasked to inquire into the performance of health and medical research (HMR) in South Australia.

The Commission's final report was released in February which identified several factors that appear to be influencing the state's ability to attract funding for research, the level of research activity and the translation of research into improved health and economic outcomes. The Commission also considered the potential for policy, regulatory, research governance and other reforms to improve the state’s competitiveness and performance in health and medical research.

To read the full report, visit the Commission

Women's Health Research, Translation and Impact Network Survey for Indigenous Women - Have your say!

The Australian Health Research Alliance, Women's Health Research, Translation and Impact Network Indigenous Committee, has designed a survey to gain input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are working in health research and health research leadership.

The findings will help the committee identify future aspirations and priority areas to ensure the committee achieves the greatest outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in research.

To have your say and access the survey click here.

Adelaide BioMed City Weekly Research Mini-Reviews

Each week Adelaide BioMed City (ABMC) is hosting a webinar which promotes current research activities within the ABMC precinct. 

Sessions are also recorded and available for later viewing. 

For further information on upcoming webinars, or to see past webinar recordings, visit the ABMC website.

MRFF Mission Roadmaps and Implementation Plans - Consultation webinar dates now available

Consultation is now open to inform the development of Roadmaps and Implementation Plans for six MRFF 
research missions.

The Roadmaps and Implementation Plans will set the strategic direction for the missions, including identifying the research priorities for MRFF funding.

The missions’ Expert Advisory Panels will host webinars where you can provide your feedback. Webinar dates and registration details are provided below: 
Written submissions for each consultation close 23 April 2021.

Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant
  • Indigenous Health Research Grant
  • Improving Diagnosis in Cancers with Low Survival Rates Grant
  • Clinician Researchers Applied Research in Health Grant
  • Neurofibromatosis Research Grant
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant
  • Paediatric Cancer Grant
Other Grant Opportunities:
  • National Foundation Research Innovation: General Grant
  • Department of Health: Primary Care Rural Innovative Multidisciplinary Models Grant
  • RACGP Foundation/ANEDGP Innovation Research Grant
  • TGL/RACGP Foundation Research Grant
  • RACGP Foundation Family Medical Care Education & Research Grant
  • RACGP Foundation/HCF Research Foundation Grant
  • National Health & Medical Research Council: 2021 Synergy Grant
  • National Health & Medical Research Council: Partnership Projects
  • Modern Manufacturing Initiative: Manufacturing Translation Stream (Medical Products)
>> View all funding opportunities >>

Consumer's Health Forum of Australia Virtual Summit 2021: Shifting Gears

This month, our Senior Project Officer for Consumer Engagement will be presenting at the 2021 Consumer's Health Forum of Australia (CHF) Summit: Shifting Gears. 

HTSA’s presentation at the conference will highlight:
  • Our partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute;
  • How we have co-designed consumer and community engagement resources with community members; and
  • How the resources have contributed to successful community engagement across the organisation. 
This will be Australasia’s inaugural consumer health summit, where consumers, researchers and other health sector leaders will explore and discuss the latest research and developments in the field.

For more information about the summit, or to register, visit their website.  

Seminars & Events
  • Therapeutic Innovation Australia: Pipeline Accelerator Scheme Information Webinar - 5 Mar
  • Public Sector Network: Improving Remote & Telehealth Services - 9 Mar
  • Monash Partners: A research approach for co-designing education with healthcare consumers - 11 Mar
  • CHF Summit 2021; Shifting Gears - 18 to 19 Mar
  • Global Healthcare Conclave in Oncology - 25 Mar
Workshops & Training
  • PRAXIS: Get that Grant Workshop - 9 Mar
  • GIN Guidelines & Impact: The Art of Storytelling Workshop - 12 Mar
  • The Design Thinking Hackathon - 15 Mar
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Evidence Implementation Workshop - 15 to 17 Mar
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Evidence Implementation Training Program - 15 to 19 Mar
  • Research Impact Academy: Creating, Capturing and Communicating Research Impact - 16 to 18 Mar
  • Specialist Knowledge Translation Training: Learn how to create a pathway to impact in just two days - 20 to 23 Apr
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program - 10 to 14 May
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Grade Workshop - 10 Jun
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Scoping Review Workshop - 17 Jun
  • PRAXIS: Project Management Fundaments for Research & Clinical Trials - 3 Aug 
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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