Abstract

“So today I really am keen to talk about sort of how we have a lot of innovation and a lot of great advances in our healthcare research, but how a lot of that is still underutilized and sorta kept in silos. And I’d like to sort of… well I hope the conversation goes in a way where we get a lot of ideas around how we can bridge this gap between having this knowledge from research and these great innovations and that getting put into practice in a way that’s much quicker. At the moment we know that there’s around a 17 year gap between what we know from health research and what we do. We also know there’s mounds of reading that clinicians would have to do to be on top of things. So its sort of how can we make that a little bit easier, and particularly given that we have so much technology, we have access to so much data these days, and how we can do things a little faster using some of that technology, and maybe close this gap a little bit faster particularly in Australia would be great.”

Abstract

“So Knowledge Translation is really about how do we take the knowledge that we have from research and put it into practice. And theres a few things that underpin that, but most importantly, its really about having the right knowledge at the right time for the right person, but in a way they can use it. So we want to make things useful and usable. The way that we do that is we need to make sure that the work that we do and the knowledge that we find is relevant to the end user. Which requires us to kind of work with the end user in a much more collaborative way, and deliver things differently than we have traditionally. So getting away from that peer-review journal and guidelines that we write, and more really how we can get people to take this up and use it now; how does it fit into the context of that user, and implementing things right into practice, so we can impact on healthcare or health service delivery in some way very quickly.”

Tamika Heiden | Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia | LinkedIn | E-mail | Twitter