The Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN), is a state-wide collaborative network of WA’s universities, medical research institutes, health care service providers and the Health Department. It’s purpose is to advance the translation of evidence based health and medical research into changes in policy, practice, training and innovation, to benefit the health and well-being of all Western Australians.
WAHTN received formal accreditation as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC) by the National Heath and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in June 2017. The NHMRC accreditation recognises WAHTN as a network of world-class academic, research and health care delivery facilities prepared to embrace and accelerate research translation.
WAHTN is part of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), comprising of the seven accredited AHRTCs and two Centre of Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) across the country. This national alliance aims to improve healthcare by supporting health service led, priority driven and co-designed collaborative research.
Vision & Aims
Our vision is to ensure health and medical research is continuously and rapidly translated into health care in order to create a sustainable, evidence-based, high quality health system.
WAHTN aims to connect health and medical clinicians, researchers and community to innovate for better health. Bringing together all key stakeholders within WA who have have an interest in improving health through research. Including:
- Medical Research Institutes
- Public and private health care providers
- Primary care and community health entities
- The Health Department
- The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
- Other Government agencies
In our efforts to work towards our Vision, the WAHTN’s objectives are to:
- Advance the continuous and rapid translation of evidence based health and medical research
- Changes to policy, practice, training and innovation to benefit all Western Australian’s
- Ensure research informs and aligns with training, workforce and patient care
- To create a sustainable, evidence-based, high quality health system
- Promote collaboration and inclusiveness between WA and national researchers
- Through the identification or areas of mutual cooperation and engagement with local, national and international networks
- Facilitate effective and equitable enabling platforms (our activities and initiatives)
- To enhance and promote excellence in research, health care, education and translation
- Promote the continuum of innovation from discovery to health care improvement
- By embedding a research culture into clinical practice
- Provide support and leadership
- Through transparency and communication to, and on behalf of, the WA health and medical research sector
- Support the development of priority driven health and research agenda
- Through provision of evidence based strategic advice to policy makers, government and other agencies