Joining the Dots
September Newsletter

Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people
A note from the CEO
August has been a busy month! We have been putting the final touches on our refreshed strategy for the next 18 months. It continues to focus on our Flagship programs of work and our Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funded projects that aim to impact on health outcomes.  The strategy also identifies the need to mobilise policies or systems to enable better health outcomes for South Australians through a research embedded and data driven health system.  Currently we are progressing initiatives with our partners to improve clinical research governance processes, strengthening South Australia’s ability to maximise MRFF grant success, building implementation science capacity and improving data access and data analytics across the whole health system.  We will circulate a link to the finalised strategy shortly. 
One activity of interest is the establishment of Health Translation SA (HTSA) Health Analytics Research Collaborative (HARC). We will soon release a call for individual researchers to join the HARC Leadership Group.

Also a reminder that HTSA is hosting a Higher Degree Research Open Night on Thursday 19 September 2019 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at SAHMRI.
This event provides a great opportunity for potential students to meet with leading research groups as well as current students from South Australian universities and research institutions to explore project opportunities to improve health outcomes through research.  The event is proving popular so far with over 120 students already registering.  Further details are available below.
Finally, last week Steve Wesselingh and I attended a national meeting of all nine NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centres and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health in Sydney.  We work together through the Australian Health Research Alliance to advocate for and mobilise action to drive health research translation and research impact across Australia.

Wendy Keech
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  • What are the Translation Centres doing and why?
  • Higher Degree by Research Student Open Night
  • Solving the wicked problem of the gap from research to translation
  • Connecting with Community Forum 2019
  • SAVE THE DATE: HTSA Stakeholder Forum 2019
  • Open and Upcoming Funding Opportunities
  • MRFF Current Funding Rounds

  • Caring Futures Institute - Flinders University
  • SAHMRI Annual Scientific Meeting

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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


Higher Degree by Research Student Open Night
Thursday 19 September 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm
SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace, Adelaide

Are you interested in a Masters or PhD in Health and Medical Research?
Discuss your options with leading SA research institutions.

Health Translation SA invites students to attend an Open Night to explore your options to pursue a postgraduate research degree that addresses cutting edge health and medical issues.

This free, informal expo event provides the opportunity for potential students to meet with leading research groups as well as current students from Uni SA, Adelaide University, Flinders University, CSIRO and SAHMRI.


"Last year I met Dr Domenico Sergi from the CSIRO at the HDR Student Open Night. He was very welcoming and offered to introduce me to his lab and the research work he is doing.

Upon making further contact, I was able to undertake a summer vacation scholarship at the CSIRO with Dr Sergi as my supervisor. This was a very rewarding experience and it fuelled my interest in becoming involved in research."

- Jane Morphett, University of Adelaide
What can you expect?
  • Opportunities to explore research areas and identify a project area of interest
  • Chat to current supervisors about research areas/projects
  • Find out about scholarships
  • Meet current students & get the inside story in our networking lounge
  • Food and drinks will be provided
  • Enter prize draw for a one-year subscription to NETFLIX

Registration closes Monday,16 September 2019


Solving the wicked problem of the gap from research to translation

Tuesday 24 September 2019
10:00am – 11:30am

A presentation by Dr Noel Chambers, Chief Executive Officer, National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation (NFMRI).

The NFMRI was founded in 1977 as a not-for-profit organisation that is entirely independent. It is not affiliated with any university, hospital, government or state body. The NFMRI provides financial support to research projects whilst conserving and building its capital base.

Please register below using the password “NFMRI”.


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.


SAVE THE DATE: HTSA Stakeholder Forum 2019

Wednesday 6 November 2019
9:00am - 12:00noon

SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace, Adelaide

Join HTSA for an update on our work and provide us with information on the health challenges impacting on your organisation, to help guide the future design and delivery of rapid, impactful health research in South Australia.

More information will be provided in late September 2019 or contact

Click here to view the latest funding opportunities

Click here to view the latest MRFF funding opportunities

Click here to view the upcoming Training opportunities


SAHMRI Annual Scientific Meeting

Wednesday 2 October and Thursday 3 October 2019
SAHMRI Auditorium
North Terrace, Adelaide

Day One will be a showcase of research undertaken by SAHMRI and partner early and mid-career researchers and PhD students; Day Two will be a Symposium on the topic of “Precision Medicine”.

Please register separately for each day of the Meeting.
Please feel free to forward this on to people within your networks who may be interested in attending.


Caring Futures Institute - Flinders University
What does a caring future look like?
Professor Alison Kitson


We are imagining a future where the highest standard of health and care is available for all who need it.

A future with answers to some of the world’s greatest upcoming health challenges including an ageing population, chronic illness and the rising cost of health care. And a future where technology and the real world collide for health innovations and reduced social isolation.

The Caring Futures Institute is exploring how we apply better care and health outcomes across the lifespan and how we can develop self-care and caring solutions to improve people’s quality of life and boost social and economic prosperity.
Read more

Click here to view our Publications page

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Jenni Carr, Senior Project Officer
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