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

This month HTSA's is putting a spotlight on the exciting range of projects we're leading or supporting in the field of data health and data-driven health care in South Australia.

The work being undertaken within these projects is inline with one of our new strategic priority areas - build the right environment for research translation - where we are looking for opportunities to advance data access and analytical capacity across the health and research system to improve patient outcomes.

We've also highlighted a number of opportunities available to get involved or find out more about this important area. Find out more below! 

Over the coming weeks, Leanna Read (HTSA's Independent Board Chair) and I will be meeting with all of our Board representatives to discuss their needs and identify how we can collectively meet our new vision and strategic priorities. We look forward to hearing their thoughts and ideas, and incorporating these into our approach going forward. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Michelle McKay on her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide Primary Health Network (Adelaide PHN). Adelaide PHN is one of HTSA's valued Partners and we're pleased to being working with her. 

Wendy Keech, CEO

Aligning data, research and culture to improve the health of South Australians

Knowledge gained through health and medical research underpins improvements in Australia's health and health services. However, the creation of knowledge does not automatically lead to widespread implementation and positive impacts on health. The knowledge must be translated into changes in practice and policy for the benefits and impacts to flow to South Australians. National Health and Medical Research Council accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) were established to enhance the translation of research into practice to improve the health and well-being of patients and the populations they serve.
At Health Translation SA we are working to achieve this by enabling a Learning Health System (LHS) in South Australia where data, research and culture are aligned, and new knowledge is routinely captured as a by-product of delivering care to create a continuous cycle of learning and improvement. 

A LHS is characterised by continual engagement with stakeholders, especially service users, the community and frontline clinicians, to ensure that research, data and stakeholder knowledge are brought together and incorporated into practice through the use of evidence-based implementation strategies. 

The effective-use of data is pivotal to a successful LHS, and we are involved in a number of exciting projects in the field of digital health and data-driven healthcare:
  • Our Connected Care project is looking to improve the continuity of care by connecting up general practice and hospital data, in partnership with Digital Health SA, Adelaide Primary Health Network, Country SA Primary Health Network and the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH).
  • The Actionable Intime Insights AI2 team led by Prof Niranjan Bidargaddi has developed innovative technology, the first of its kind in Australia, to harness Medical Benefits Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data to support digitally enabled models of care in mental health and beyond. This project was recently showcased by the CEIH and the recording can be viewed here
  • The state-wide RAPIDx-AI project led by Professor Derek Chew is exploring how artificial intelligence can improve emergency care of people with chest pain.
  • We are partnering with the CEIH to establish a Patient Reported Measures (PRMs) Research Collaborative to support high-quality applied research, with a clear focus on improving experience and outcomes for patients. 
  • We are currently reviewing the Health Analytics Research Collaborative (HARC) 1.0 to identify potential improvements for HARC 2.0 that will be launched in 2022. This is a collaboration with the CEIH.
If you have a project that is helping to create a Learning Health System in SA let us know via

We would love to celebrate these achievements!
Get involved or find out more

Express your interest in joining the PRMs Research Collaborative
Join to col­lab­o­rate on sup­porting high-qual­i­­ty applied research, with a clear focus on improv­ing expe­ri­ence and out­comes for patients. More information available here.

Learning Health System Webinar
Our colleagues at Monash Partners recently hosted a webinar showcasing the LHS as an approach to address health service and community priorities and improve health outcomes through research translation and better use of health-related data.

COMING SOON! Digital Health Community of Practice in SA
We will be launching a Digital Health Community of Practice in SA in the next few months. If you would like to help shape this Community of Practice and/or register your interest in joining this exciting initiative please contact:

Lecturer in Digital Health – Flinders University (0.2 FTE until 31 July 2022)
Are you passionate about upskilling the health and medical sector in digital health? Help create the future of digital health in Australia through the design of a Digital Health course for Flinders University (Masters of Public Health/ Microcredentialling). The person will work with a network of partners facilitated by Health Translation SA and content experts to create an immersive learning experience looking at the application of digital health solutions in across the health system and in health services. For more information email:

Our HTSA Stakeholder and Community Forum Report is now available! 

Thank you to the all the stakeholder representatives and community members who attended the HTSA Stakeholder and Community Forum (the Forum) in May.

The Forum is a key component of Health Translation SA’s governance, and its purpose is to inform, consult and involve key stakeholders and community members in the development of priorities, projects and advocacy activities of Health Translation SA.

The focus of this Forum was to present HTSA's Strategy for the period 2021-2024. There was positive support and engagement with the refreshed strategy. Of particular interest was the need for:
  • HTSA to assist organisations represented to identify areas of unmet need in SA and develop a process for funding allocation; and
  • HTSA to collaborate with these organisations to leverage both their data assets and significant consumer engagement and voice.
A copy of the Forum Report is available here.

Free online course in Consumer and Community Involvement in Research

The WA Health Translation Network has launched a free online course titled Consumer and Community Involvement in Research. This course offers an introduction to Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) in health and medical research and is designed for consumers, community members, researchers and administrators.

The course consists of 3 parts and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
>> Click here to enter the course >>

Tackling topics relevant to your HREC - Free virtual Human Research Ethics Conference

Human Research Ethics Committee Members across Australia are invited to attend a FREE virtual Human Research Ethics Conference on 1, 2 and 3 December 2021.

The conference format includes breaks so that delegates can participate as well as attend to work tasks as required. The HREC Conference provides valuable theme discussions on areas relevant to HREC members and training sessions.

By attending, delegates fulfil the annual training requirements for HREC members.
>> Register now >>

Do you know a rising early-to-mid career research star? Tell them about the Academy Mentorship Program

Applications are now open for the Academy's Mentorship Program. The Program is a rewarding partnership for the Academy and their Fellows, and provides mentees with support and advice from experienced Fellows who help them navigate career challenges and meet research goals. In return, they're fortunate to have remarkable researchers as Associate Members who give their time and expertise to contribute to the Academy’s work at a very demanding point in their careers.

The Program's next round of applications close 20 September 2021

You can find a useful flyer here, or more information about the Program on the Academy's website.

Harnessing research for better health - A vision for integrating research in healthcare

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences is conducting a project to improve healthcare for Australians by better enabling research to be conducted within the health system.

You can contribute by sharing your perspective and experiences of research in the health system through a short 
survey (15 minutes). The survey will close 28 September 2021.
Patients, researchers, carers, hospital workers, healthcare administrators or members of the public who want to share their perspective are invited to complete the survey.

Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant
  • Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers and Babies
For a list of all MRFF grant opportunities from January 2021, click here.

Other Grant Opportunities:
  •  NHMRC: Alzheimer’s Disease Grant 
>> View funding opportunities >>

  • Masterclass in Maximising Research - Policy Partnerships - 13 Sept to 14 Sept
  • World Evidence-Based Health Care Day - 20 Oct
  • JBI: Comprehensive Systematic Training Review Training Program - 25 Oct to 29 Oct
  • JBI Grade Workshop - 12 Nov
  • Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2021 National Conference - 29 Nov to 2 Dec
  • Human Research Ethics Conference - 1 to 3 Dec
  • PRAXIS: TransCelerate Endorsed Online GCP Training
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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