Happy Holidays everyone! 
From the team at Health Translation SA we would like to wish you and your families all a very happy, relaxing and safe festive season.
2019 WRAP UP
To end the year, I would like to update you on some of the projects that have really developed in the last three months.
  • There is no doubt that the activity arising from the disbursements created through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has enabled us to significantly expand our reach and engage with a broad audience including the research community, health service providers, our stakeholders and the community, to focus our efforts to improve health outcomes for South Australians. This year we distributed $6.1 million of MRFF funding (for the period 2019/20/21) to collaborative research projects that address key SA health service challenges and improve patient outcomes. To find out more, register for our Research Impact Showcase in February 2020.
  • We made sure that consumers and stakeholders played a role by developing research priorities, contributing to the design and development of projects, and participating in project assessment. To find out more about our consumer engagement activities, please click here.
  • Good communication is key to successful research translation so we have updated our branding, website and promotional materials. You can also follow us and see what we are up to through our LinkedIn and Twitter page.
  • Supporting our health and research workforce to develop and build their skills in research translation has also been a key focus in 2019. We have mobilised the leaders in implementation, health economics and healthcare improvement in South Australia to progress capacity building in this state. There are a number of other exciting opportunities in the pipeline for 2020 which is another good reason to promote our newsletter to your friends and colleagues.
  • Another very important initiative being coordinated by HTSA, is the Health Analytics Research Collaborative (HARC) which is being run in partnership with the Commission in Excellence and Innovation in Health. In all of our conversations with the HTSA community on how to deliver, impactful research in SA the need to improve our data analytic capacity was highlighted. HARC brings together members of the research community, including clinical researchers, registry analysts and data scientists, to boost collaboration and further develop the data analytic capacity in SA.
  • The HTSA community also told us that to effectively tackle health service challenges in SA we need to enhance clinical research governance processes to make them faster and more efficient. In response we established the Clinical Research Governance Steering Committee. To find our more, register for our Clinical Research Governance Forum in February 2020.
  • Once a year Health Translation SA holds a Stakeholder Forum with the purpose of informing, consulting and involving key stakeholders in the work of Health Translation SA. This year 45 people attended our Stakeholder Forum held in the SAHMRI Auditorium on 6 November 2019.  A summary of the Forum is provided in a report here.
We are pleased to acknowledge these achievements and look forward to plans for 2020. We are a collaborative partnership who are committed to ensuring research makes a difference to the lives of South Australians.

On behalf of Heath Translation SA, I would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season. 

Wendy Keech
Visit our website www.healthtranslationsa.org.au
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Research Impact Showcase 

Tuesday 18 February 2020 
9.00am - 12.30pm
SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace

Health Translation SA (HTSA) is holding a Research Impact Showcase to showcase exciting South Australian research projects that are ‘driving impact’.

All Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation and Flagship Programs project teams will provide short presentations highlighting the impact of their research followed by interactive sessions focusing on the key learnings on maximising the pathway to impact.

A program will be available mid-January.

Register here

Clinical Research Governance: an update on implementation of the Birch Review

Tuesday 18 February 2020 
2.00pm – 5.00pm
SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace

We invite you to attend a Forum which will provide important information on the current status of the implementation of the Birch Review.
Health Translation SA is facilitating this initiative to implement the 17 recommendations included in the Review of Research Governance in the Department for Health and Wellbeing and related Local Health Network’s Report (the Birch Review).

If you are involved in medical, surgical, or allied health research and clinical trials, this is an opportunity to learn about further information on developments in South Australia.
A strategic leadership group – the SA Clinical Research Governance Steering Committee – has been established to drive this initiative and to date there has been significant work and engagement.
Register now to secure your attendance at this important event. Places are limited so please register early.

A full program will be available mid-January.

For further information on Health Translation SA’s involvement in this initiative please visit our website.

Register here

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Showcase 2020

27 - 28 February 2020 
University of Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building
4 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000

The Australian Health Research Alliance, Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network and Health Translation SA would like to invite you to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research in 2020. Join us while we celebrate our progress to date whilst imagining a shared vision for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

If you have not already, please register, as places are limited. We hope to see you in February! 

Register here


South Australian Allied Health Research Forum
“Communicating value, creating impact”

Thursday 26 March 2020

Abstract submissions are now open for clinically based allied health research projects that highlight clinical, financial or service delivery impacts or explore how the value of research can be communicated to stakeholders.

This forum is an opportunity for allied health clinicians with an interest in research and quality improvement activities to learn about the breadth of research projects being undertaken across allied health in South Australia and for clinical researchers to showcase their work.

Applications close at 5pm Friday 10 January 2020.

Details of registration are coming soon. Please check back shortly.

For further information please contact HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au.

Click here for submission details

State of Science Presentation and Consultation Session - Health and Medical Industry

Thursday 23 January 2020
3.30pm - approx. 5.00pm
SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace, Adelaide

You are invited to hear from Professor Caroline McMillen, Chief Scientist for South Australia and share your thoughts on the development of South Australia’s STEM Research and Innovation Strategy - this Strategy is focussed on supporting the State’s Growth Agenda and aims to support a growth in productivity and Gross State Product to place South Australia in the top quartile measures in the OECD relative to the size of our economy.

We hope you can join the discussion and help shape the Science and Innovation Strategy for South Australia. If you have any queries please contact Gillian Hewlett, Department for Innovation and Skills: gillian.hewlett@sa.gov.au.

Register here

Medical Device Symposium

10 - 11 February 2020
Flinders at Tonsley, Lecture Theatre 2                                                                                 
1284 South Rd, Adelaide

This symposium brings together international experts in digital health and medical devices to share knowledge and discuss issues and trends. Learn how digital health can support medical device quality and safety.

Download the program here

Register here

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