Joining the Dots
October Newsletter

Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people
A note from the CEO
Our team and partners are committed to enabling great research to be translated into improved health outcomes for South Australians as quickly as possible and with the most impact. To that end its been another interesting and action-packed month.
  • There is significant interest in the Health Translation SA (HTSA) Health Analytic Research Collaborative (HARC) Leadership Group and the associated Fellow positions. Appointments will be made as soon as possible.
  • We have convened a high-level Clinical Research Governance Steering Committee to implement the recommendations of a SA Health Clinical Governance Systems review completed in 2018.
  • Our very collaborative Higher Degree by Research Student Open Night was a great success with lots of positive feedback on the new format and layout.  In case you couldn’t make it to the event the details of the potential projects for 2020 are still available here.
  • The project teams running our flagship and Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funded projects met on 30 September to assist us with developing our very important Impact Framework.
  • This week over 150 researchers and clinicians attended an Information Session convened by our MRFF Working Group, which provided valuable insight into the important features of the MRFF scheme.
  • Future activities include our Community Engagement Forum on 16 October, the HTSA Board of Partners Meeting on 29 October and the HTSA Stakeholder Forum on 6 November.
For more information on these initiatives see our newsletter and website or get in touch.

Wendy Keech

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  • HDR Student Open Night: A SUCCESS!
  • MRFF Information Session
  • What are the Translation Centres doing and why?
  • Find HTSA on LinkedIn and Twitter!
  • SAVE THE DATE: Clinical Informatics Conference
  • AAMRI: The Research Impact Project: Survey now open
  • MRFF Current Funding Rounds
  • Allied Health Professionals Day! #AHPsDay
  • Connecting with Community Forum 2019
  • HTSA Stakeholder Forum 2019
  • SAVE THE DATE: 4th Annual Stroke Forum
  • Seminar: Working with Government data by the Sax Institute
  • Research Impact Summit
  • SAHMRI: World-first trial reduces ED wait times and hospital admissions

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HDR Student Open Night: A SUCCESS!

Health Translation SA invited students to attend an Open Night to explore their options to pursue a postgraduate research degree that addresses cutting edge health and medical issues. The event was a huge success with a great number of students turning up to chat to leading research groups as well as current students from Uni SA, Adelaide University, Flinders University, CSIRO and SAHMRI.

To view more photos from the event, please click the button below.

HDR Student Night Gallery

MRFF Information Session

The SA MRFF working group are working together to support our researchers to respond to health system needs and to increase health and medical research funding for South Australia.

On October 1st, over 150 people attended the inaugural MRFF Information Session presented by Health Translation SA, the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of South Australia, SAHMRI and the Department of Innovation and Skills.

Take-outs from the meeting include the importance of:

  • Research that responds to health system needs and priorities
  • Verifiable and productive collaborations
  • Game changing research with potential for global impact
  • Leveraged investment in partnership with industry and philanthropy
  • Consideration of health economics and impact
  • Recognising and strengthening the role of Primary Care and preventative measures

Special thanks to Dr Martin Donnelley, Prof Chris Levi and Prof Susan Hillier for their presentation.

To view photos from the event and download the presentations, please click the button below.

MRFF Information Session

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

Find HTSA on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Health Translation SA are excited to announce our presence on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Please click the icons below and start following Health Translation SA, we would love to welcome you to our social media community!


SAVE THE DATE: Clinical Informatics Conference
Tuesday 19 November 2019

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. 
Expert presenters will cover themes including:
  • The future of clinical informatics
  • Clinician-led and data-driven change in clinical settings
  • Informatics as a driver for health system improvements
  • Emerging technologies 

More information coming soon!

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AAMRI: The Research Impact Project: Survey now open

Last year AAMRI established a Research Impact Working Group to develop a framework that will enable medical research institutes to measure how their research contributes to knowledge, society, health and the economy.

For the first phase of the project they are seeking stakeholder input through a Research Impact Survey. 

Phase 1 - What is research impact? (currently open)

Stakeholder engagement
The first phase of the Project is about identifying what the end user stakeholders of research – including health and medical research organisations, funders of research, government, industry and community organisations – identify as research impact.

This survey is now open and closes on October 31, 2019.

Please click the button below to take the survey.

Research Impact Survey

Phase 2 - How can research impact be developed and improved?

Developing a Framework for Understanding the Impact of Research
The second phase of the Project will involve AAMRI member medical research institutes participating in a Delphi process (up to four rounds) to build on the knowledge from Phase 1 and co-develop the framework for identifying and measuring research impact. 

The outcome will be a Framework of good research translation and knowledge translation practices, and indicators for the effective implementation of these.

They are now recruiting for Phase 2 of the Project, if you would like to participate, 
please register your interest via the button below.

The Delphi surveys are predicted to continue into early 2020, and this will then inform the Framework to be delivered in mid 2020.

You can read more about the The Research Impact Project on the AAMRI website.

Any questions can be email to

Register your interest

Click here to view the latest MRFF funding opportunities


Allied Health Professionals Day! #AHPsDay


In our busy lives, we don’t often stop and appreciate the work we do and recognise the difference it brings to people’s lives every day.

This is what AHPs Day is all about, and we invite you to celebrate the work that you do on the 14 October and share that celebration on Twitter to join in the worldwide #AHPsDay movement.


Here are a few celebratory ideas for you to think about, but feel free to let your imagination run wild and organise something that is meaningful to you.

  • Morning or Afternoon Tea
  • Create your own appreciation/gratitude awards
  • Invite non-AHP and Executive staff to “shadow an AHP for an hour”
  • Coordinate your own flash mob
  • Run a quiz
  • Have a bake-off
At HTSA, We would love to see photos of what you have planned with #AHPsDay. Make sure you tag us: #healthtranslationsa
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Connecting with Community Forum 2019


Wednesday 16 October 2019
9:00am – 12:00noon

SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace, Adelaide

The forum will bring together community members and researchers who are currently involved in, or have an interest in, community engagement activities across HTSA, HTSA partner organisations and SAHMRI. A special focus of the morning will be to explore different examples of how community members have influenced research priority setting within South Australian. 

Come along to meet other community members and researchers interested in this area, hear from a range of engaging speakers and share your experiences and ideas for future community engagement activities across the South Australian health and medical research community.

The full program and registration details are available via the button below.

We would appreciate you forwarding this invite on amongst your colleagues and networks.


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.


SAVE THE DATE: 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


Seminar: Working with Government data by the Sax Institute
One day seminar
Friday 1 November 2019

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) are valuable data resources with untapped potential to identify and monitor patterns of health service use and inform health service planning.

The Sax Institute invites you to attend this seminar on working with MBS and PBS data, which will provide insights into the multiple ways these datasets can be used.

Participants will receive an introduction to datasets, advice on dealing with some of their specific characteristics, and view worked examples of how they can be used.

Research Impact Summit
Translation, Implementation Science, Collaboration & Engagement, Dissemination, and Research Impact
21 - 22 October 2019

The Research Impact Summit is an annual, online and FREE event featuring over 20 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and industry influencers.

Covering themes of translation, implementation science, collaboration & engagement, dissemination, and research impact this summit will transform the way you plan for and deliver on your impact endeavours.

The summit is for researchers, research support and administrators, research funders and anyone wanting to learn more about research impact (whether you are new to research impact or have years of experience).


World-first trial reduces ED wait times and hospital admissions

A world-first randomised trial that was embedded in practice at Adelaide’s public hospital emergency departments has delivered shorter wait times and lower hospital admissions while maintaining health outcomes for patients.

The RAPID-TnT trial was led by SAHMRI and Flinders University Professor of Cardiology Derek Chew. He says the key component was significantly reducing the time between blood tests for anyone with presented to EDs with chest pain.

“By testing someone’s blood for a protein called troponin T we can see whether they are having a heart attack,” Professor Chew said.

“Current guidelines dictate EDs do these blood tests as soon as a patient arrives and then again three hours later to compare their protein levels. The RAPID-TnT trial investigated whether performing the follow-up test after one hour could be just as, or even more, effective.”

More than 3000 patients with chest pain were involved in the study at the Royal Adelaide, Queen Elizabeth, Flinders and Noarlunga Hospitals. On presentation they were randomly allocated to a zero-and-three-hour testing group or a zero-and-one-hour testing group.

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