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March Newsletter
Here at Health Translation SA we are joining our fellow colleagues, community members, family and friends in our nations effort to slow the spread and effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As we adopt new ways of working and social distancing we want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank those on the frontline of our health system.

Research Translation teams by their very essence are filled with those who want to see patients get the best possible care. So to all the clinical staff on our research teams and across all our partners we stand in support of you as collectively we try and  #flattenthecurve.  We also want to thank all the researchers investigating this coronavirus, discovering effective treatments and working to develop vaccines. 
Health Translation SA coordinated two important events on Tuesday 18 February 2020. 
Research Impact Showcase
9.00am - 12.30pm
Over 100 people attended our Research Impact Showcase for updates from the teams delivering our Better Health projects. We heard successful impact stories from our Flagship Programs and updates from projects funded through the Round 2 Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). There were 13 short presentations followed by panel discussions where our presenters discussed both the benefits and the challenges of delivering impactful research.

A round table discussion was held with the project leads of the current Round 3 MRFF strategic projects to look at how each project is delivering on all the elements of translational research and any ideas participants might have to strengthen and enhance the projects.

MRFF projects are supported by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund as part of the Rapid Applied Research Translation program.
Clinical Research Governance: an update on Implementation of the Birch Review
2.00pm - 4.30pm
In the afternoon of Tuesday 18 February, approximately 100 members of the South Australian health and research community attended a Forum to receive an update on the current status of the clinical research governance work being facilitated by Health Translation SA. This important work focusses on the implementation of 17 recommendations included in the Review of Research Governance in the Department for Health and Wellbeing and related Local Health Network’s (LHN) Report (the Birch Review). 

Opened by South Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Caroline McMillen, the event included an inspiring presentation from Southern Adelaide Local Health Network CEO,  Sue O’Neill, on raising the profile of clinical research across the health system.  SA Health staff provided progress updates on specific recommendations including the development of key performance indicators, implementing a new research management system and the fast tracking of low to negligible risk applications.
View the presentations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase 2020
The National Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network (IRNet)
Last month, the National Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network (IRNet), an initiative of AHRA, hosted their first event as part of a strategy to facilitate and coordinate networking opportunities for people engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. The IRNet Showcase, hosted by Health Translation SA and SAHMRI, was attended by more than 180 people over two days.  After scene setting by Professor Alex Brown, Professor Chris Levi outlined AHRA’s vision for national networks.

The program featured an inspirational keynote address by Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver, invited speakers including Dr Kalinda Griffiths, Greg Pratt, and Glenn Pearson, some fantastic panellists, and a session by Dr Misty Palmer (NHMRC) on demonstrating research impact. Peer-reviewed abstracts received from across the country were showcased in short presentation and poster format; a fantastic way to learn and be inspired about current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
Check out #IRNetShowcase2020 and @CWardliparingga on Twitter, and the 
Showcase website for more information.
Visit the Showcase website


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> South Australian Productivity Commission: Inquiry into Health and Medical Research

Notice of Inquiry

The South Australian Government through the Premier has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into health and medical research and development in the state.

The Commission will provide recommendations on options to improve the state’s share of Australian Government funding, increase the scale and productivity and the impact of health and medical R&D in South Australia. Changes to the structure, governance and operations of publicly funded health and medical R&D will also be considered.

The terms of reference for the inquiry state that the Commission is to consult with the SA Chief Scientist, SA agencies, universities, research institutions, industry, relevant peak bodies and other key stakeholders.

The Commission have released an issues paper that sets out the Commission’s initial understanding of the matters to be addressed. This paper seeks feedback from interested parties on the matters identified as well as any other relevant issues.

A draft report will be made available in July and a final report in October 2020.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback at various stages and to share this information with other stakeholders who wish to contribute to the inquiry.

Find out more

> Looking for SA's top scientists, researchers, innovators and educators! 

The search is on for South Australia’s top scientists, researchers, innovators and educators!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation Awards.
These Awards recognise outstanding achievements by leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) including outstanding STEMM teachers who are inspiring and training the future STEMM workforce.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 14 August 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Nominations close 5pm Friday, 24 April 2020.

For more information, guidelines and to apply, visit 

Nominate here

> Expression of Interest - MRFF Grant Assessment Committee

The Department of Health is seeking interest from a range of stakeholders to assist in MRFF grant review and assessment processes as a member of a Grant Assessment Committee for a number of 2019-20 MRFF grant opportunities.  

In line with the published MRFF Grant Opportunity Guidelines, MRFF grant assessments have a strong focus on impact and value and the Department of Health is interested in hearing from people with translation, implementation, and a health and medical consumer focus, who can demonstrate experience and/or expertise in the following areas:

  • Translation of research into clinical practice
  • Commercialisation of health research
  • Transdisciplinary research, e.g. collaboration and/or engagement between researchers, consumers, patient groups, those involved in health service delivery and industry
  • International research projects, including clinical trials.

It is not essential to have a research qualification to contribute to MRFF grant assessment.

Register here
> South Australian Allied Health Research Forum

It is with great regret that we advise you of the postponement of the upcoming Allied Health Research Forum, which was due to occur next Thursday 26th March.

This is in response to health system directives relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated mitigation strategies required to minimise the risk of transmission to both health professionals and members of the broader community.
If you would like more information, please contact the Allied & Scientific Health Office via Health.alliedandscientifichealth@sa.gov.au or by using the button below.

Contact Allied & Scientific Health Office

> JBI gLocal Solution Room 2020
30 April 2020 
The National Wine Centre
Exhibition Hall, Adelaide

The JBI gLocal Solution Room is designed to provide pragmatic solutions to your challenges in getting evidence into practice. It aims to bring together clinicians, academics and policy makers who interested in evidence-based healthcare and serve as a collaborative and widely accessible space to promote evidence-based practice discussion and debate.

To find more information,  including the 
program, and to register please use the 'Free registration' button. 

You can also 
register for live-streaming of this event using the button below.
Register here

> Science on the Swan 2020 POSTPONED

Conference: Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19 May 2020 

Due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the WAHTN Board and the Science on the Swan 2020 Organising Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone the Science on the Swan 2020 Conference until 2021.

Find out more

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has launched their first newsletter. The Newsletter will provide the latest news and information about the MRFF, including open grant opportunities.

Medical Research Future Fund and Professor Helen Christensen AO
In this video, Professor Helen Christensen AO (Director and Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute) explains how the Medical Research Future Fund enables a national response to mental health issues.


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