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

It’s an exciting month ahead for Health Translation SA as we launch our Impact Report (July 2019 to June 2021) and new 3-year Strategy. We thank everyone who has partnered with us, and will continue to partner with us, to deliver impactful projects and capacity building activities across South Australia. If you are interested in attending our launch event on October 22, 4:00 - 6:00pm, please see further details below. We would love to see you there!  

These two major pieces of work have occurred at just the right time, as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has recently announced the re-accreditation process Research Translation Centres will need to undertake by the end of January 2022. We were one of the first four Research Translation Centres to be accredited by the NHMRC in 2015.

This is an important period for our team and we plan to mobilise all of the relevant partners and stakeholders to help us tell the story of our collective achievements over the past 6 years. Your assistance during this time would be wonderful, and we look forward to being successfully re-accredited!

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the new Australian Health Research Alliance - the Alliance of 10 Research Translation Centres in Australia - Chair, University of Sydney Professor Don Nutbeam and new Deputy-Chair Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Executive Director David Bunker. Their combined expertise and experience will be invaluable as we continue to work towards our goal of accelerating the pace and scale of research and translation into healthcare across Australia.

Wendy Keech, CEO

Supporting researchers to embrace MRFF funding opportunities
Health Translation SA was established to bring a range of research stakeholders, including industry and the community together to development research projects and translate that research into practices that truly improve health outcomes.
In 2017, the Federal Government created the $20 billion funded Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) dedicated to supporting life-changing medical discoveries that engage researchers, healthcare professionals, governments, and the community in their development.
The opportunities the MRFF provides for funding South Australian research are enormous but accessing the funding is complex.
Health Translation SA Chief Executive Officer, Wendy Keech, says that while South Australia is a world leader in health and medical research, our success with the MRFF scheme started slowly and needed to be energised if we were to capitalise on the opportunity that it was presenting.
“We realised we needed to think differently and as a result we established the SA MRFF Working Group and together we are helping to leverage SA’s research strengths, promote collaboration and deliver research that meets community needs,” Ms Keech says.

Read the full story here.

Photo of SA MRFF Working Group members (left to right): 
Cadence Haynes (University of Adelaide), Sarah Lawson (SAHMRI), Olgatina Bushi (Department for Innovation and Skills), Ecushla Linedale (HTSA), Ben Shores (SA Health Department for Health and Wellbeing), Wendy Keech (HTSA), Marina Delpin (University of South Australia), Carmela Sergi (Flinders University), Jessica Southwood (SA Health Department for Health and Wellbeing) and Rui Hoo (Flinders University).

Our new 3-year Strategy & Impact Report are here! 

Health Translation SA invites you to the launch of our new 3-year Strategy and Impact Report which details our achievements over the period July 2019 to June 2021. 

Date: Friday, 22 October 2021
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: SAHMRI Auditorium

Following an update from Health Translation SA’s CEO, Wendy Keech,
keynote speaker Professor Anne Kelso, CEO National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), will talk to us about NHMRC Translation Centres in Australia – Past, Present and Future. 

The formal proceedings will be followed by a networking event with drinks and nibbles.

Register below to attend in person or online by Monday, 13 October 2021.
>> Register to attend IN PERSON >>
>> Register to attend VIA ZOOM >>

Help us determine whether community-based prehabilitation is feasible and improves elective survey outcomes 

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) is leading a project that hopes to improve people’s recovery after surgery and reduce their risk of post-operative complications. Although complications after surgery are common (20%), we know many of these can be avoided by getting as healthy as possible before surgery – a concept known as Prehabilitation (PreHab).

Together Health Translation SA, CALHN and Adelaide Primary Health Network will be holding a series of forums and focus groups for primary and intermediate healthcare providers and community members during the month of October - see dates below. 

The purpose of these are to understand the complexity of optimising health pre-operatively, and the needs and perspectives of people referred for elective surgery and their healthcare providers (particularly GPs). We will also be inviting feedback on a draft resource we are developing to support better visibility of available community resources.

Come and share your thoughts and experiences!
Community Member Focus Groups
Date: 25 October, 2021
When: 12:30am - 2:30pm
Location: ONLINE

Date: 26 October, 2021
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SAHMRI Auditorium

Primary & Intermediate Healthcare Provider Forums

Date: 27 October, 2021
When: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: SAHMRI Auditorium

An online forum for rural healthcare providers will be scheduled in the same week.

If you’re a community member who has undergone planned or elective surgery recently, or a community-based healthcare provider, and would like to register to attend, please email: enquiries@healthtranslationsa.org.au

Participants will be reimbursed for their time in accordance with Health Translation SA's policy.

What to learn all about Implementation Science? Join us in the month of November for our new Spotlight Series!

Introducing the Health Translation SA's Spotlight Series; a new initiative through which Health Translation SA will offer information and activities relating to a component of research translation or specific translation projects.

Our first ‘spotlight’ will be on Implementation Science and throughout November we will be sharing resources, webinars and training opportunities to raise awareness and understanding of Implementation Science; what it is, who can do it and how to start.

Want to receive all the Implementation Science content direct to your inbox? Email 
enquiries@healthtranslationsa.org.au to join our Implementation Science mailing list, or follow Health Translation SA on Twitter to keep up to date during November.

Photo by Luis Morera on Unsplash.

Consumer & Community Engagement Summit - Register now! 

Join us to explore the value of involving consumers in health research across the continuum of the research lifecycle, and at all points of the translation pathway. Featuring informative presentations and interactive sessions, this summit is open to researchers, healthcare consumers and community members, coming together in-person to celebrate successes and showcase methods for effective engagement.

Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021
Time: 8:30am - 2:00pm
Location: SAHMRI Auditorium

The full program will be released in mid-October. Register via 
Eventbrite or email community@sahmri.com for more information.

Prioritising women's health and careers in COVID recovery and beyond

COVID-19 has amplified and heightened existing inequalities, particularly for women. A national collaborative, evidence-based approach is vital to tackle the inequalities for women and women’s health, careers and well-being.

Join MP Dr Katie Allen (2020 Young Australian of the Year), Isobel Marshall (Women's Health Research Translation and Impact Network Chair), Prof Aunty Kerrie Doyle (Indigenous Women’s Health), Professor Helena Teede (Monash University) and an interdisciplinary panel of experts to launch
Advancing Women in Healthcare Leadership and the Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network.

These national collaborative initiatives will drive progress on equality and support opportunities, to building a better and healthier future for Australian women. 

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm AEDT
Location: Online

Register for this event

IRNet National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase **Postponed** 

This event has been postponed until 2022. Further information about the event, including the revised dates, will be provided in the coming months. Stay tuned! 

Don't miss out on Monash Partners free MRFF grant writing seminar!

Monash Partners is hosting a free webinar between 1-2pm, 28 October, to learn about the MRFF program, as well as practical strategies for developing a MRFF grant application.

The session will cover the structure of an MRFF grant, along with real life examples and lessons learned from experienced researchers. Incorporating consumer and community involvement in grant writing will also be explored.

This webinar is open to everyone to attend, so please register here.

Have you heard about the Medical Device Partnering Program?

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is a national program that helps researchers, clinicians and innovators translate their research or concept and start them on the path towards a fully commercialised medical device.
MDPP is a proven program that has run for more than 13 years. In that time it has supported over 100 companies, assessed more than 700 applications and connected thousands of people with the right expertise. In the last three years alone, MDPP companies have raised more than $18 million to fund their commercialisation.
Successful applicants to MDPP’s Ideas Incubator program get 250 hours of technical expertise and 30 hours of commercialisation guidance to help progress their idea. All IP generated through the program stays with the applicant, so when they finish the project you’ll receive all of the finals and any physical prototypes as part of our handover. The program will also help to connect you with groups that might be able to help in the next stages of development. In return, they only ask for a $5,000 co-contribution at the beginning of the project. 
If you would like to learn more, please submit your idea to our 
Enquiry Portal or contact stephen.blakeney@mdpp.org.au.

SA Science Excellence and Innovation Finalists & Award Celebration Announced!

Almost 90 applications from some of the state’s best and brightest innovators and STEMM professionals have been read and reviewed, and this year’s finalists have now been announced.

Through these Awards, South Australia can recognise its leading scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and educators who are continuing to research, invent, innovate, test and inspire others during these challenging times.

Click here to see the full list of 

This year the Award Celebration will be held as a hybrid event, with virtual and in person tickets available.

Save the date: Friday 26 November at Tonsley Innovation District

For more information visit the Department for Innovation and Skills website

Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • Primary Health Care Research Grant 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Grant 
  • Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant
  • International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant
  • Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers and Babies
  • GBM AGILE Grant
  • Cardiovascular Health Grant
For a list of all MRFF grant opportunities from January 2021, click here.

Other Grant Opportunities:
  •  NHMRC: Alzheimer’s Disease Grant
  • Wellbeing SA: Chronic Disease Integrated Partnership Grant
  • MTPConnect: Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease 
>> View funding opportunities >>

  • SAHLN Community Chats - 7 Oct to 25 Nov
  • Targeted Translation Research Accelerator Information Session: Funding Call for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease - 12 Oct
  • Prioritising Women's Health and Careers in Covid Recovery and Beyond - 14 Oct
  • 2021 South Australian Allied Health Research Forum - 14 to 15 Oct
  • Consumer and Community Involvement in Clinical Trials: Practical Strategies and Lessons Learned - 15 Oct
  • Accelerating Commercialisation Information Sessions - 19  Oct (multiple dates available 25 Oct & 19 Nov)
  • 2021 State Population Health Conference - 20 to 21 Oct
  • World Evidence-Based Health Care Day - 20 Oct
  • Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2021 National Conference - 29 Nov to 2 Dec
  • National Human Research Ethics Conference - 1 to 3 Dec
  • JBI: Comprehensive Systematic Training Review Training Program - 25 Oct to 29 Oct
  • HSRAANZ: Creating Infographics for Research Impact - 26 Oct
  • JBI Grade Workshop - 12 Nov
  • Cultural Awareness & Cultural Safety Training (2.5 days) - 26 Nov, 7 Dec & 8 Dec
  • PRAXIS: TransCelerate Endorsed Online GCP Training
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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Jenni Carr, Senior Project Officer
P 08 8128 4380
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