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Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people.
October Newsletter
At Health Translation SA’s recent board meeting we farewelled two of our foundational members - Professor Paddy Phillip (SA Health) and Julia Overton (Health Consumers Alliance SA).  Professor Phillips, who has held a number of executive roles in SA Health, was instrumental in the establishment of HTSA, chaired a number of Board working groups and grant assessment panels and was an important advocate for HTSA. 
Julia Overton, CEO of Health Consumers Alliance SA (which ceased operations on 30 September 2020), was a valuable partner of HTSA. Julia, who made sure the consumer perspective was embedded in all of our activities, was very active in HTSA’s community and consumer engagement work, both nationally and locally.
We thank them for their valuable input and expertise and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. We will be seeking to replace these board positions as soon as possible and will update you via this E-newsletter. 
Importantly the Draft Report from the SA Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Health and Medical Research was released in early September 2020. HTSA has provided feedback on this Draft Report with particular emphasis on the role we play in the sector and the opportunities available to build on HTSA’s current state-wide activities.
I am excited to introduce the
Embedded Economist initiative which is being run in partnership with NSW Regional Health Partners and delivered in SA by Prof Jon Karnon from Flinders University and the health economics team at Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN). The project aims to build the capacity of current and future healthcare leaders to use research and economic evaluation to develop and demonstrate high value health programs, services, initiatives and technologies.
An Embedded Economist Community of Practice has been established and a series of webinars on various topics have been developed and are available to Community of Practice members and the broader community. For further information
click here.

On a final note it is important for researchers to be aware that SA Health have announced a new Governance and Ethics Management System called Research GEMS. Please ensure you keep yourself up to date on this change which may have an impact on you.

Stay safe and healthy.
Wendy Keech, CEO
> Primary/Acute Care Interface Data Project
Health Translation SA is co-ordinating a project to better use the rich supply of healthcare data in South Australia to ensure a coordinated and smooth progression of care as people transition between our hospitals and the community.
We are working with our partners to understand the issues and identify opportunities to harness our data assets and expertise to improve care across this interface. 
In October we are holding two Community Focus Groups to explore what is most important to people when their healthcare is provided in both the hospital and community settings.  If you would like to share your experience of these transitions in care, plea
se click here.

We will also be holding a broader stakeholder forum in late November to identify and select a targeted project to improve the transition of care across the interface. 
To learn more about this project please click below.

> Embedded Economist
The embedded Economist (eE) is a collaboration between HTSA and NSW Regional Health Partners (the Health Translation Centre for regional NSW). It aims to support current and future healthcare leaders increase their capacity to use health services research and economic evaluation to develop and demonstrate high value health programs, services, initiatives and technologies.

This eE is an intervention consisting of an education and economist-in-residence program whereby researchers actively engage with the health service to ultimately impact on patients through the best possible evidence informing health services decisions.

Read more about the project below.

> Important Information For Researchers
New SA Health Governance and Ethics Management System: Research GEMS
SA Health, with the support of the Hospital Research Foundation, have announced a new Governance and Ethics Management System. The new system is called Research GEMS.
The current system, Online Forms, will be turned off at the end of October 2020 as the new system goes live in November 2020. All researchers are encouraged to contact their relevant 
Local Health Network research office regarding upcoming research applications.

> The South Australian Aboriginal Health Landscape Project

One of our Health Analytics and Research Collaborative (HARC) data fellows, Dr Owen Churches has been working with the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, SAHMRI on the SA Aboriginal Health Landscape Project.

The project aims to put Aboriginal data into Aboriginal hands as a means of achieving a more equal platform for informed decision making and transparent monitoring.

Dr Churches worked on a series of visualisations and maps, and an interactive data exploration website has been produced for each of the 18 defined landscape areas. 

The health and social information is currently being returned to community groups, native title organisations, and Aboriginal health organisations, and the next step is to ensure the information is provided in a way that maximises its meaningfulness to and usefulness for the Aboriginal community.

To read more about the Landscapes project
click here.

To learn more about the work of our data fellows, please click below.

We invite researchers, health professionals, patients/carers/consumers, policymakers etc to spread awareness, debate, discuss, celebrate & share their experiences in working or contributing to evidence-based healthcare as we lead up to World Evidence-based Healthcare Day.

Take action! We invite you to submit an impact story and share how your work has contributed to impact in research, policy or practice.

Congratulations to the ROSA research team
The Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA), a HTSA Flagship program, continues to produce research that is, or soon will, deliver positive changes for older Australians.
See ROSA's recent newsletter for information on their contributions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Read it here.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) discounted online training 

Discounted online Good Clinical Practice training available to Health Translation SA partner organisations!

The ‘Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in Australia’ online training course is specifically designed to assist clinical researchers within Australia understand the principles and foundations of GCP.

Find out more here.
Australian Postgraduate Research Intern Program

Businesses in the medtech, biotech and pharmaceutical sector can now access some of Australia's brightest emerging research talent through a 3 month full-time PhD internship APR Intern.

Costs covered by Australian Gov rebate and MTP Connect REDI subsidy.

Find out more here.
Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • MRFF – PPHR Initiative – 2020 Maternal, First 2000 Days, and Childhood Health Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Quality, Safety and Effectiveness of Medicine Use and Medicine Intervention by Pharmacists MRFF Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research
  • MRFF 2020 Silicosis Research Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Primary Health Care Research Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need General Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity
>> View all funding opportunities >>

Call for Expressions of Interest
Renal Community of Practice Governance Committee

A Renal Community of Practice (COP) is being established that will comprise of clinicians, consumers/carers, not-for-profit representatives, non-government organisations, Department of Health, private providers and primary care who all share a passion in renal service delivery based upon best practice and population demand.
The Renal COP is seeking Consumer/Carer nominations for two position upon the Renal COP Governance Committee, one from a country/rural location and another from a metropolitan Adelaide.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference for more information.
To nominate, please complete the EOI via the Survey Monkey Link below.

Deadline to apply is close of business Friday 16 October 2020.

AHRA CCI Knowledge Hub Co-design Workshop

AHRA is seeking your help to design an online resource for consumer and community involvement in healthcare and health and medical research. 
In September and October 2020, a series of co-design online workshops are being held throughout Australia. We are inviting Australian healthcare professionals, researchers, managers and consumers to shape the purpose, information and priorities for the online hub via the co-design workshops.
Workshops run for 2 hours on Zoom. Once registered you will receive an email with the Zoom and workshop details. Each co-design workshop will have up to 20 people and we will discuss results from the knowledge hub survey and further refine the purpose and priorities for the online hub.

AHRA CCI Co-design workshop – South Australia
Tuesday 20 October 1.00pm - 3.00pm ACDT

Please contact sarah.carmody@monash.edu with questions or if you would like to be involved but cannot make the workshop date for your state.
See you there! 

  • Adelaide BioMed City (ABMC): Weekly research mini-reviews
  • The embedded Economist: Free fortnightly series

  • Sax Institute: Introduction to program evaluation
  • AHRA: CCI Knowledge Hub Co-design Workshop
  • PRAXIS: Leadership and Management - Managing People and Teams
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Scoping Review Workshop
  • PRAXIS: Project Management Fundamentals - for Research and Clinical Trials
  • PRAXIS: Marketing and Communications - Building your Research or Clinical Trial Brand
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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Jenni Carr, Senior Project Officer
P 08 8128 4380
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Adelaide SA 5001

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