Enabling Research, Communications & Public Outreach
The Enabling Research, Communications and Public Outreach Platform facilitates a suite of opportunities for researchers to advance their knowledge and skills while developing collaborative research networks. Programs and initiatives to promote teamwork are targeted at the individual researcher level as well as between universities, medical research institutions, the private and public hospital sector and with industry. The aim of this platform is to improve the efficiency of medical research in WA, as well as lead to more effective cooperation between research bodies. To date, workshops in cancer, haematology, liver, respiratory and infection/immunity have led to new collaborations and grant funding. WAHTN has worked with other stakeholders to facilitate, advertise and co-ordinate multidisciplinary meetings, seminars, workshops, Knowledge Translation Series and clinical rounds including:
- Science on the Swan – A three-day conference held annually with different health themes each year; Lifecourse (2015); At the Cutting Edge (2016); One Health (2017). The 2016 meeting was rated by Chris Smith, of the Naked Scientists (University of Cambridge, UK) as “the best conference that I have ever attended” on an ABC radio interview. Attendance is about 350 researchers, clinicians, trainees, together with international delegates www.scienceontheswan.com.au
- Distinguished Visiting Professor Series – Professor John O’Neil, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University visited WAHTN partners in 2016, meeting with colleagues in population health across WA and delivering a seminar in the School of Public and Population health at UWA on Governance and Health Care in Canadian Aboriginal Communities. The first visitor for 2017, Professor John Frank visited Perth in February 2017. Professor Frank is currently Chair of Public Health Research and Policy and the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, has published more than 150 papers in the peer reviewed literature, several books and book chapters. WAHTN is currently arranging additional visitors as part of this series including Dr Geoffrey Hammond, Chair of the Department of Physiology and Anatomy at the University of British Columbia and world expert in the field of steroid hormone binding proteins. He visited WA for a 2-week period in 2016 where he presented at the Telethon Kids Institute, UWA, Harry Perkins Institute and Murdoch University and was a poster judge at Science on the Swan. He established a number of collaborative opportunities and will return to Perth in February 2017, as part of his sabbatical period to work with Professor Rob Trengove (Murdoch University), Brendan Waddell (UWA) and Jeff Keelan (KEMH). It is anticipated that joint grant submissions will emerge from those interactions.
- Cutting Edge of Knowledge Translation Series – As part of this series, distinguished events have included:
- Dr Iona Novak from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, held on 1st and 2nd September, 2016 (in conjunction with CAHS and TKI) “Health Translation”
- Consumer and Community Workshop held on 12th September, 2016
- Dr Michael Winlo from Linear Clinical Research, held on 5th October, 2016 “Progressing Clinical Research through Linear”
- Melanie Barwick, “Scientist Knowledge Translation Training”, held on 27th and 28th October, 2016. Additional events held at the University of Notre Dame; Ear Science Institute; Curtin University; and PMH. Supported in part from the WA Department of Health funding from FutureHealth WA
- Health Economics and Evaluation Workshop to be held in March, 2017
- Mr Gary Cox from Wrays, “Entrepreneurial and Innovation” to be held in 2017
- Leading Interprofessional Research Event -This event was held over breakfast, invited participants included a range of health professionals from Nursing, Allied Health, Dentistry and Medicine, Researchers and Clinicians. Three short presentations were made to set the scene and provide best practice exemplars in interdisciplinary models and partnerships in health research:
- Professor Catherine Elliott – Building partnerships to improve children and youth health
- Sue Davis and Professor Susan Slatyer – Bringing together academic and clinical expertise to translate evidence for nursing practice
- Dr Camile Farah – How do we work together to improve outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer?
- Community Lecture Series – 2017 will mark the commencement of the WAHTN Community Lecture Series whereby qualified WA researchers will be invited to discuss a pressing issue facing our community. Events will be open to the public and free of charge with the aim of raising awareness and improving municipal engagement.
- Speed Networking for Researchers – To facilitate translation, collaboration and training WAHTN has established Speed Networking Meetings. The first speed networking event will be held in early 2017 and will be an entertaining and effective way to meet new people, make valuable contacts and cultivate opportunities for collaboration.
- Research Education and Training Programs (RETP) – Aiming to provide health and medical researchers with open access to comprehensive research skills training across the entire research process. RETP training is designed to support busy professionals with flexible training options. RETP resources are freely available to all researchers within the WAHTN network and include:
- A range of online training modules across the whole research process
- Access to additional research skills resources
- Links to other training opportunities in research skills, including the Princess Margaret Hospital Research Skills Seminar Series
Other initiatives under the auspices of the Enabling Research, Communications and Public Outreach platform include:
- Researcher/Investigator Database – A centralised database of health and medical researchers in WA accessible through the WAHTN website. The database is a useful resource for fellow researches, providing current information in research advancements and opportunities across the State. WAHTN has entered into an agreement with Dr David Glance from the UWA Centre for Software Practice, to develop this into a smartphone application.
- iPREPWA – An initiative to establish research collaboration between universities and industries in WA with scholarship opportunities for PhD candidates.
- The Advancing Western Australian Research Education (AWARE) – facilitating a suite of opportunities for WA postgraduate students, early career researchers and research supervisors to advance their knowledge and skills through collaborative programs.
- InSPiRE – A week-long postgraduate conference-style event that provides expert training and professional development for researchers to promote high quality, collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The event brings together all five WA Universities and hundreds of postgraduate students and covers many important topics and issues faced by postgraduate research students.