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

This has been an exciting month for HTSA as we work on setting our strategy for the next three years!

On April, 21 HTSA held our Board and Strategic Planning Day, with the intent of defining a common vision of success for HTSA; To drive a whole-of-health system approach to accelerating the translation of evidence into practice for improved health outcomes. 

Discussions on the day have provided us with a clear set of statements and a prioritised pathway that inform the actions required to deliver on this success. We look forward to sharing our new strategy in the coming months. 

HTSA has also been working with a number of project teams across our partner organisations to support them in reviewing their applications to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation Fund, due this week. We wish them every success in their applications. 

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Australian Lung Health Initiative (ALHI) on being awarded $28.9 million of funding over the next five years under the MRFF Frontier Initiative. ALHI is a joint venture between 4DMedical, the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, that was established to deliver innovative advancements in functional lung analysis. It's a wonderful demonstration of what can be achieved through collaborative partnerships and HTSA was very pleased to be an active supporter of this application. 

Wendy Keech, CEO

Photos of HTSA Board and Strategic Planning Day participants, 2021. 
Consumer & Community Engagement - A time to reflect!

Consumer and community involvement in health and medical research has been shown to produce more relevant research to the needs of policy makers, service providers and the community.

National funding bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Centre, the National Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Future Fund, are increasingly requiring research teams to demonstrate how they involve and integrate consumer input into their grant applications and research projects. The Australian Health Research Alliance has also identified consumer and community involvement as one of its key national system level priorities and is leading 4 collaborative projects to support Australian researchers and consumers in this work.

At a state level, Health Translation SA (HTSA) is playing an important role in influencing and supporting our partner organisations to engage community members in health and medical research as active contributors, and to accelerate and improve the translation and application of findings into clinical practice, policy and treatments.

With HTSA's Senior Project Officer for Consumer Engagement, Agustina Gancia, about to go on maternity leave we thought it was timely to highlight some of our key achievements in this space over the past 2 years!

  • In collaboration with SAHMRI, launched the Community Interest Register; 98 community members have since registered their interest and this is now available to all of our partner organisations. 
  • Developed a dedicated webpage on the HTSA website to showcase community engagement activities, opportunities and resources.
  • In collaboration with SAHMRI, published the Consumer Engagement in Research Toolkit.
  • Co-hosted with SAHMRI the Connecting with Community Forum which brought together over 60 people currently involved in, or having an interest in, community engagement activities.
  • Connected with all members of the Community Interest Register via phone interviews which informed 2 Induction Sessions. 
  • Held 4 HTSA Consumer and Community Engagement Action Group meetings, made up of representatives from our partner organisations.
  • Supported 27 different research projects across 13 organisations, research groups and research registries to engage consumers in their work.
  • Actively participated in the AHRA Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Steering Committee.
  • Published a narrative review on the Value of Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research which has been referred to in the National Position Statement published by AHRA.
  • Facilitated a national workshop for AHRA CCI Project 3: Evaluation of CCI in Research to inform recommendations on the use of evaluation tools to measure CCI impact in research.
  • Delivered capacity building presentations to research units within SAHMRI, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.
  • Presented at the 2021 National Consumer Health Forum.
Learn more here

Photo of Primary and Acute Care Project focus group participants, 2020.

Connected Care: Working towards linking hospital and general practice data systems

Expressions of interest now open for June workshop! 

Health Translation SA is leading a project that aims to better use healthcare data to improve patient care as people transition in and out of hospital (Primary and Acute Care Interface Data Project). Connecting patient electronic medical records across South Australia is a pressing need of high priority to patients, carers and clinicians alike. 
We are hosting a workshop on Friday, June 4 at the Adelaide Convention Centre (9-11am) to identify and prioritise the needs of clinicians and patients regarding the real-time transfer of clinical information between general practice and hospitals. These ‘user requirements’ identified will inform Digital Health SA's business case for the technical solution.

We are seeking representation from hospital clinicians, general practitioners, patients and carers. 
Please email your interest to:
Reimbursements apply.

Are you a health professional or community member? - We want to hear from you! 

Connecting patient data within hospitals and community care settings is a high priority for patients, carers and clinicians. This is particularly important when people transition between different care providers and care settings. 

We want to understand the needs and concerns of health professionals, patients and carers regarding connecting up patient health records across the health system.

In particular, we want to know more about:
  • How this exchange of patient information can occur in a way that ensures privacy, safety and quality care.
  • Key timepoints in a patient journey when information exchange is important
  • What information is important to share
  • Issues and concerns
Information collected from this anonymous survey, and a workshop held in June, will be analysed by Health Translation SA and the University of South Australia and provided as a report to SA Health detailing the user requirements for a technical solution to connect hospital and community care data systems.

This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete online.

To read more about this project and stay updated click
>> Take the survey now >>

Join us at this year's HTSA Stakeholder & Community Forum

Please join Health Translation SA on Thursday, 20 May in the SAHMRI Auditorium to find out how we are designing and delivering rapid, impactful health research in South Australia and the role you, as a stakeholder or community member, can play in creating better health through research.
Presentations will include:

Health Translation SA Update: A year in review - Wendy Keech, HTSA

Key exemplar HTSA projects:
  • Primary Acute Care Data Interface Project - Professor Susan Hillier, UniSA
  • Health Analytics Research Collaborative - Dr Owen Churches, HTSA
Interactive session: HTSA Strategic Plan 2021-2024 - Dr Leanna Read, HTSA Board Chair
All presentations will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions. You will also be able to provide comment on what priorities HTSA should pursue and how HTSA can better involve you, as stakeholders and community members, in our work.

Please register by Tuesday, 18 May 2021. 
>> Register now >>

Would you like to accelerate your research inventions towards innovation? - Sign-up for the Impactful Innovator Program!

The Bright Arena Impactful Innovator program is designed to help the scientifically smart become commercially clever, to future-proof funding allow for bigger and better bets by our best minds to create a brighter tomorrow. 

Participants can be researchers, professional services, students, academics or EMCRs alike! Projects can be at the idea, early or later stage. Wherever you are on your journey, Bright Arena can help you accelerate your progress.

The program is run over 4 months where you will receive training on entrepreneurial mindsets and tools, as well as support to immediately apply these tools to your projects.

Learn more by clicking on the button below or contact Alex Hadley E: To sign up for the program, click here
>> Click here for more information >>

Are you a PhD student commencing research in the field of study evidence synthesis methodology? - JBI scholarship now available! 

Expressions of interest for the Evidence Synthesis Methods Scholarship funded by JBI (Joanna-Briggs Institute) are now being accepted.

The scholarship is to support a full-time PhD student who is commencing research in the field of study evidence synthesis methodology, and is available for 3 years upon enrolment. 

Learn more

Launch of the AAMRI Research Impact Framework Report

In an Australian first, dozens of medical research institutes from across Australia have come together to develop a universal language to communicate how their work is contributing to knowledge, society, health, and the economy. This ‘research impact’ project has involved years of effort and extensive collaboration to produce.

The Report will be launched during an online event on Thursday, 13 May 12.30-1.30pm (AEST). Speakers will summarise key findings, and a panel of national and international speakers will share insights into using research impact metrics in the Canadian, UK and Australian contexts.

Learn more, or register for the launch, here

Introducting the Innovation Challenge: Augmenting Ability

The Government of South Australia is posing an Innovation Challenge to Australian businesses and their global partners.

Up to one million dollars is available to the successful recipient (or recipients) looking to accelerate the commercialisation of new technology within the theme of Augmenting Ability.

The successful project should:
  • demonstrate South Australia’s capability to harness frontier technologies across the research and innovation value chain
  • result in the development of new products or services that augment the ability of person at any stage of life to live independently, productively, with dignity and wellbeing
  • create early market advantage for South Australian businesses.
Learn more here.

Are you an Aboriginal Health Researcher? - REMINDER to have your say regarding the use and application of ethical guidelines

Associate Professor Luke Burchill, Chair of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Aboriginal Leadership Group, is conducting a survey to understand Australian researchers’ (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) perspectives regarding use and application of ethical guidelines, with attention to governance as a foundation for ethical Indigenous health research.

The survey is voluntary and open until Sunday, 9 May.

To find out more information or complete the survey, visit the HTSA website.

Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant
  • Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness Grant
  • Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant
  • Clinician Researchers Applied Research in Health Grant
Other Grant Opportunities:
  •  Wellbeing SA: Chronic Disease Integrated Partnership Grant 
>> View all funding opportunities >>

  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program - 10 to 14 May
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: gLocal - 19 May
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Sustaining Knowledge Translation Interventions Webinar - 1 Jun
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Grade Workshop - 10 Jun
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Scoping Review Workshop - 17 Jun
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research - 27 to 28 Jul
  • PRAXIS: Project Management Fundaments for Research & Clinical Trials - 3 Aug 
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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Jenni Carr, Senior Project Officer
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