The purpose of the Forum is to provide an engagement mechanism for key health and research sector stakeholders; to inform and contribute to priority setting, projects, enabling platforms, workforce development and advocacy activities of Health Translation SA.
The Forum is advisory to the Board of Partners and takes direction from the Board of Partners for the state-wide priority setting process.
Membership is open to any individual, organisation, sector or community that has a ‘stake’ in enhancing the rate of translation of research into healthcare to create a self-improving, sustainable and high-quality health system. This includes consumer groups, non-government organisations including condition specific foundations and research groups that are not formal partners in the Centre.
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.
Wendy Keech, CEO of HTSA, facilitated a session at the Forum focussing on research translation funding opportunities, particularly through the Medical Research Future Fund. She highlighted the MRFF requirements which include partnerships, collaboration, leverage and co-investment, together with the burden of disease and unmet need. This means that stakeholders have an important role in the design and development of research translation projects.
Given the requirement to strengthen stakeholder involvement in research proposals, the interactive session aimed to explore how HTSA can support stakeholders to be more engaged in the work of HTSA and ensure that the areas of research translation most important to them are prioritised and progressed in SA.
Attendees told us that they have organisational research priorities, established links with the research community, important data and valuable expertise, particularly in community engagement, that could be very beneficial to research efforts in SA.
HTSA wants to facilitate the connections between stakeholders and the research community so we are keen to gain a better understanding of our stakeholder community so we are developing a survey which will be circulated to our stakeholders in early 2020.