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October Newsletter

Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people
A note from the CEO
It’s been another action packed month! I’m really pleased to include information about the Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Round 3 projects getting started. These are two year projects which will conclude June 30th, 2021.

The following activities have also kept us busy
  • Health Translation SA (HTSA) together with SA Health facilitated a high level forum on implementation and improvement in healthcare (Find out more below)
  • We held the inaugural meeting of the Health Analytics Research Collaborative Leadership Group that will be overseeing exemplar data projects. Recruitment of Data Fellows is progressing with appointments made soon.
  • The SA Clinical Research Governance Steering Committee that is driving implementation of the Birch Review has convened and is reporting to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.
  • We also held a Connecting with Community Forum which was well attended by community members and Partner organisations (Find out more below)
  •  Additionally our Board of Partners endorsed our new strategy and made important decisions about the future
  • And finally tomorrow we’re holding our Stakeholder Forum (Find out more below or Register Here).

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  • Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Funding
  • Connecting with Community Forum - A success! 
  • Advancing the Practice and Science of Implementation and Improvement in SA
  • What are the Translation Centres doing and why?
  • Find HTSA on LinkedIn and Twitter!
  • The latest funding opportunities
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Health Services and Policy Research Conference
  • Tomorrow: HTSA Stakeholder Forum 2019
  • 4th Annual Stroke Forum
  • Equity in Health with Professor Richard Cookson
  • Healthy South Summit

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Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Funding

HTSA is pleased to announce funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) for four projects aimed at improving the health of South Australians.
The projects focus on key health areas including Aboriginal health, ageing, data access and analytics including the interface between primary and acute care, and mental health that deliver scalable solutions to health service problems and directly benefit patients.
They build on translational research activities, to accelerate translation of research findings into health care and ensure that health care problems identified by end-users, such as health care professionals and consumers, are brought to researchers, closing the loop between health care practice and research. 
The projects are strongly collaborative with co-leads of researchers and clinicians and further enhanced by close links with HTSA Partners including universities, health organisations, the community and consumers.
The following projects will be funded for 2 years commencing mid 2019: 

  • Aboriginal Health Project - Project Strengthening Aboriginal Capacity in Health Research Translation and Development in South Australia
  • Ageing Project - STAAR‐SA. State Action on Avoidable Re-hospitalisations and Unplanned Admissions: An Integrated Knowledge Translation project across SA
  • Data Access and Data Analytics Project - Including an exemplar Health Services Interface Data Project
  • Mental Health Project - Needs based community mental health services: Implementing timely and needs based interventions in the community by applying algorithms to transactional health care data

Further information on each of these projects is available via the button below.

These projects were supported by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund as part of the Rapid Applied Research Translation program.

MRFF Round 3

Connecting with Community Forum - A success!

In mid-October, HTSA and SAHMRI hosted our second Connecting with Community Forum which brought together over 50 community members and researchers who are currently involved in, or have an interest in, community engagement activities across HTSA, HTSA partner organisations and SAHMRI.
Attendees had the opportunity to:

  • Hear an update about community engagement activities that have been happening within HTSA and SAHMRI;
  • Learn about different examples of how community members have influenced research priority setting within South Australian; and
  • Provide feedback on ways they thought community members could be involved in research priority setting going forward and advice on a range of topics to inform a ‘top-tips’ factsheet. 

 The Forum was a huge success, with many positive ideas being generated for future community engagement activities across the South Australian health and medical research community.

More information about the outcomes of the Forum will be communicated in the coming month.

Advancing the Practice and Science of Implementation and Improvement in SA

This week 40 healthcare decision makers, clinical champions and research academics came together to consider opportunities to build on the considerable breadth of activities and world-renowned expertise in South Australia in evidence-based healthcare innovation and implementation. 

Attendees included Executive Leaders from The Department of Health and Wellbeing, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health, Wellbeing SA, the Local Health Networks, Primary Health Networks, Health Consumers Alliance of SA, Aboriginal Health Council of SA as well as Adelaide University, Uni SA and Flinders University. 

Alignment of the forum with the 
G-I-N & JBI Conference​ allowed implementation science experts Prof Bridie Kent (University of Plymouth), Prof Ian Graham (Ottowa Hospital Research Institute) and Prof Roman Kislov (University of Manchester) to contribute to the forum, as well as Ms Megan Campbell - Centre Director of the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI).

The day demonstrated the significant opportunity we have in South Australia to work together to enhance what we do and the way we do it, and Health Translation SA looks forward to helping enable this.

What are the Translation Centres doing and why?

NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (Translation Centres) are leading centres of excellence and collaboration in health and medical research, research translation, research-infused education and training and outstanding health care.

This video demonstrates an overview of NHMRC’s Translation Centre initiative and what the Translation Centres are about.
Click here to learn more about Translation Centres

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Clinical Informatics Conference
Tuesday 19 November 2019
8:30am - 4:30pm
The Playford Adelaide

Join us for this free one-day conference to hear about developments in clinical informatics and how it can inform future healthcare delivery in SA. 

Special Guest: Matiu Bush
Deputy Director, Health Transformation Lab
RMIT University

Expert presenters will cover themes including:
  • Informatics as a driver for health reform
  • The importance of clinician-led change
  • Building workforce capacity and the emergence of new roles
  • Precision medicine, machine learning & artificial intelligence
  • Design and the patient narrative
Register here

Health Services and Policy Research Conference
Addressing Health Service Inequities to improve Health System Performance.

The 11th Health Services and Policy Research Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from the 4th to the 6th of December, 2019.

The purpose of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and to ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand.

Find out more

Tomorrow: HTSA Stakeholder Forum 2019

Wednesday 6 November 2019
9:00am - 11:30am

SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace, Adelaide

Join Health Translation SA for an update on our work and how we are designing and delivering rapid, impactful health research in South Australia.

Register here

4th Annual Stroke Forum

Friday 8 November 2019
12:00noon - 4:45pm

National Wine Centre

Join the conversation and attend this Stroke Forum, which is facilitated by the Peter Couche Foundation and supported by the three universities, Adelaide, UniSA and Flinders.
Addressing key issues, concerns and challenges faced by people who have had a stroke and their supporters, clinicians and researchers.  The ongoing aim is to identify the key issues and challenges faced by these groups and generate meaningful questions that we can answer here in SA.
The Forum will continue to highlight high level presentations.  Keynote speakers includeProfessor Geoffrey Donnan, AO, Professor of Neurology at The University of Melbourne and former Director of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.  He is a Past-President of the World Stroke Organization and was Chair of the World Congress of Neurology.  Ms. Sharon McGowan, Chief Executive Officer Stroke Foundation and Clinical Associate Professor, Timothy Kleinig.

You can register your attendance today by contacting Josie:
Further information: 
Josie Gray 
P 8313 9939
M 0419 829 631

Equity in Health with Professor Richard Cookson
Wednesday 11 December 2019
8:45am - 3:00pm

SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace, Adelaide

Health Translation SA together with SAHMRI’s Aboriginal Health Equity theme invite you to attend the forum Working Towards Equity in Health in South Australia: 'The role of equity-informative health economics evaluations to support service and policy decision making’.
Our visiting academic for the day is Professor Richard Cookson, a health economist with the University of York, UK. The forum will explore several questions including:
  • The nature and role of equity-informative health economic evaluations?
  • Why might they be needed in South Australia?
  • How might they be developed and applied in South Australia?
In his keynote address Prof Cookson will share an overview of his research on equity informative economic inquiry including:
  • Important gaps in the evidence base for reducing health inequalities
  • How well organisations are performing in reducing health inequalities
  • The health equity impacts of specific interventions
  • The trade-offs between reducing health inequality and improving total population health in a resource constrained environment.
A facilitated panel conversation with Prof Richard Cookson and key thought leaders will also consider the importance of equity in health to South Australia as well as our opportunities and next-steps (Session 1 - 8:45-11:15 am).  
For those who are interested in a more in-depth exploration of the potential for developing and applying equity-informative evaluations in South Australia, there is also a workshop from 11:15am-3:00pm featuring presentations by local researchers across a broad range of health and well-being related domains.  Rather than presenting polished results, the workshop is an opportunity for exploring ideas, identifying potential for change and having a conversation with an expert in the area and others with a shared curiosity. A desired outcome of the workshop would be to consider how to prioritise and move towards realising these potentials.
Register here

Healthy South Summit


Friday 29 November 2019

9:00am - 4:00pm

Flinders University

Join researchers from the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity who will be presenting findings from the Healthy South Project.
The day will include:

  • The history of health promotion in the south of Adelaide and what current activities and structures exist
  • A panel on how government and health system leaders think the leadership and coordination of health promotion to prevent non-communicable disease (NCDs) can be improved
  • How urban planning can prevent NCDs including the development of the Healthy Urban Neighbourhood Transition Tool (HUNTT)
  • A hypothetical panel to discuss how the south of Adelaide became the healthiest, most equitable and sustainable region of the world by 2040 

This event will be of interest to policy makers from all sectors, urban planners, researchers, health and social service workers, local government elected members and community members.
Hosted by the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University. The Healthy South project was funded by Health Translation SA through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation Program undertaken in 2019.

Register here

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