Translating evidence into practice requires research that bridges the gap between discovery and delivery.
At Menzies, we are committed to ensuring that the research we do is put into practice and policy by health care providers, governments and other key stakeholders to improve health outcomes.
We do this by:
Working closely with those likely to put our research findings into practice and people who can influence policy to identify those areas in which research is likely to be able to contribute to improving health outcomes.
- Example: the ABCD National Research Partnership supports regional research committees made up of community, government and research partners in the Northern Territory (NT), South Australia (SA) and Queensland to identify priority primary health care research needs, develop research proposals and find ways of carrying out the research.
Doing research in partnership so that our research is informed by both scientific excellence and the lived experience and knowledge of communities, practitioners and others whose work contributes to building healthy communities throughout our region.
- Examples: our partnerships with Indigenous communities, stores and big food suppliers to improve nutrition in remote communities.
Designing programs of research with long-term results in mind – thinking about how the research might eventually lead to improvements in health care or health outcomes.
- Example: Menzies' Tobacco Research Program looks at those changes needed at both the local and ‘big –picture’ level to reduce smoking and its effects on Indigenous health. View more information about this program here.
Communicating our research findings in ways that are accessible to and useable by a range of people.
- Example: the RHDAustralia website provides evidence about rheumatic heart disease (RHD) tailored for use by practitioners, families and communities and state/territory government RHD programs. Menzies partners with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfonet to support the Earinfonet and CancerInfonet online communities and resourcebanks for practitioners and others.
Working with stakeholders to implement, evaluate and respond to change as new treatments, programs or new ways of working are put into practice.
- Example: One21seventy supports primary health care services to use continuous quality improvement to ensure best practice care is provided for Indigenous Australians.
Knowledge translation is everybody’s business at Menzies, but a number of staff also have specific interests in knowledge translation and implementation:
- Jenne Roberts, evaluation and knowledge translation coordinator
- Jenny Brands, research and translation coordinator, Centre for Primary Health Care Systems and chief investigator of Implementation of Innovations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care
- Louise Clark, head of Education and Training, completed a PhD titled ‘Implementing Interventions in Indigenous primary health care: A Realist Evaluation’