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Enabling research to be translated into action to positively impact on the health of people.
September Newsletter
Message from the CEO
An important role of HTSA is to activate cooperation and collaboration between researchers, health services and consumers to address key healthcare challenges in our community.

Recently I was pleased to be able to co-facilitate a workshop with the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH), that brought together thought-leaders, researchers, and industry experts to look at potential solutions to COVID-19 contact tracing challenges.
Instigated by the SA COVID-19 Coordinating Group for Innovation, Research and Development, over 40 representatives from South Australian research institutions, CEIH, the Department of Health, and various other interested parties took part in a ‘Contact Tracing Think Tank’ to identify solutions to enhance the process of contact tracing without reducing its integrity. A number of innovative solutions were presented which will be incorporated into a report for consideration by the COVID-19 Coordinating Group.  Importantly the session provided an opportunity to reflect and consider South Australia’s contact tracing response to date and acknowledge the important contribution of our contact tracers to our success in tackling the pandemic in SA.

As a research translation advocate it has been very exciting to see what South Australia can achieve when people and resources across various sectors work together to solve a problem. It is my great hope that we continue to break down silos and adopt a multi-sectoral and collaborative approach to address other healthcare challenges in South Australia.

This month we are highlighting two feature projects that are taking place at a national level.

Stay safe and healthy.
Wendy Keech, CEO

> Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network (IRNet)
The Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network is a national project that aims to support the connection and coordination of research training, translation, methodological development and project collaboration across the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA).

To find out more see the latest IRNet e-news below.

> National Network Planned for Women's Health Research

Health Translation SA, along with Australia’s other nine Research Translation Centres, under the auspices of the Australian Health Research Alliance, have come together to address priority areas for women and girls across physical and mental health and to support career advancement for women in health and medical research.

A Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network (WHRTN) has been formed which has received funding of $5 million over five years from the
Morrison Government, the Hon Greg Hunt MP and the Medical Research Future Fund.

This national collaboration across community, health services and academic institutions will boost national and international collaboration on women’s health, build health workforce capacity, develop leaders in women’s health, and advance research and translation to deliver impact and better health for Australian women.

Current Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunities:
  • 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 COVID-19 Grant Opportunity
  • MRFF 2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant Opportunity
>> View all funding opportunities >>

Calls for Expressions of Interest
Health Translation SA's Primary/Acute Care Interface Data Project

Health Translation SA is currently seeking to recruit two community members with a lived experience of healthcare as they move between care in the hospital setting and care in the community.

They will be joining the new steering committee for the Primary/Acute Care Interface Data Project.

The aim of the project is to better use the rich supply of healthcare data in South Australia to improve continuity of care across the primary/acute care interface. That is, supporting the timely access and linkages between the acute and primary care sectors, and the subsequent transfer of important patient information.

Further information is available by calling the Senior Project Officer for Consumer Engagement, Dr Agustina Gancia on 08 8128 4031 or emailing 

To apply for the position, please send the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) form to: Agustina Gancia, community@sahmri.com. She will remain a point of contact over the course of the project.

Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested! 

Deadline to apply is close of business Saturday 12 September 2020.

Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry National PROMs Implementation Advisory Working Group

Are you a Consumer Representative who has an interest in contributing to health research that benefits the wider community? Have you have had some exposure to joint replacement surgery? Are you in touch with a wider network of other consumers with similar or related experiences?

The Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry (AOANJRR) is currently seeking to recruit two consumer representatives with a lived experience of joint replacement surgery or caring for someone who has. They will be joining the new AOANJRR National Implementation Advisory Working Group.

To request additional information about this project or position please contact Marta Jasinska on (08) 8128 4301 or by email 

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) Application Form below, with a summary of your experience and statement outlining how you believe you would be suited for this Working Group. Please send it to Agustina Gancia, Senior Project Officer for Consumer Engagement, 

Deadline to apply is close of business Friday 25 September 2020.

Have your say!

Our colleagues at the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) are developing an online knowledge hub on consumer and community involvement in healthcare and medical research. It will bring together all the consumer and community involvement resources, contacts and information you need - together in the one place. 

To prioritise the resources and features to include in the online hub, we are asking Australian healthcare professionals, researchers, managers and consumers to tell us about your consumer and community involvement needs in this 10-minute survey.

For more information on the survey please email the Project Manager Sarah Carmody at

For South Australian Researchers looking for consumer and community engagement support, please contact HTSA's Senior Project Officer for Consumer Engagement, Dr Agustina Gancia at agustina.gancia@healthtranslationsa.org.au.

Community Engagement Resources for Consumers and Researchers

Our Victorian colleagues have recently developed a series of self-paced modules on Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) in research found in the link below. 

This website is available to anyone interested in consumer and community involvement but is primarily designed to support the needs of researchers and healthcare workers less familiar with this. The website also provides some insights for consumers and community members.

If you are in South Australia and would like to receive support or advice on how to engage with consumers in your research, contact Agustina Gancia, Senior Project Officer for Consumer Engagement at SAHMRI and HTSA.

  • Adelaide BioMed City (ABMC): Weekly research mini-reviews
  • The Robinson Research Institute: 2020 Lloyd Cox Memorial Lecture

  • The University of Adelaide: Undertaking a Scoping review
  • Western Australia Health Translation Network: Consumer and Community Involvement - Researcher Workshop
  • Sax Institute: Introduction to program evaluation
  • Joanna Briggs Institute: Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program (CSRTP)
  • PRAXIS: Productivity and Time Management - Reducing the “Overwhelm”
>> View all upcoming events and training >>

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