Welcome to the fifth newsletter of the SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre (SA Centre).
In recent months the SA Centre has focussed on working closely with fellow Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) in Australia to create a National AHRTC Alliance called the Australian Health Research Alliance which will lead, and drive, an unprecedented level of national collaboration to improve health outcomes, and tackle systems level challenges nationally through integration of research, education and health care.
The value of the Alliance was demonstrated when it played a key role in discussions with the Commonwealth Department of Health on how AHRTCs can support the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), culminating in the welcome announcement of $10 million in the 2017 budget to support AHRTC’s and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs) to conduct rapid transformational research.
Another outstanding result has been the SA Centre’s success in obtaining a $4 million SA Premier’s Research and Industry Fund grant for the establishment of a comprehensive state-wide registry to support healthy ageing in South Australia. The Registry which will be co-ordinated under the auspices of the SA Centre, is an excellent example of collaboration between the SA Centre, its members and industry.
Activities have continued in our priority areas such as data access, the Beat Bowel Cancer Project, the evaluation process for Transforming Health, and most notably, the recent launch of the South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium which saw key stakeholders signing a “Statement of Commitment” to support the vision of the Consortium “to implement the SA Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan, the SA Aboriginal Diabetes Plan and the SA Aboriginal Cancer Control Plan over the next 5 years”.
I am also pleased to announce that Professor Alex Brown, who has been intimately involved with the SA Centre since its inception, has agreed to act as Deputy Director for the SA Centre.
As we reach the half way mark for 2017, I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring, and continuing to work with our SA Centre members on both new and existing initiatives.