The inaugural NSW Cardiovascular Research Symposium held at Westmead Innovation Centre last week brought together NSW Regional Health Partners, Sydney Health Partners and Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) to showcase remarkable research advances, collaboration and teamwork among NSW Research Translation Centres.
By gathering researchers, healthcare professionals, policymakers and industry leaders, the symposium aimed to advance state-wide cardiovascular health priorities and be a platform for innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange.
NSW Regional Health Partners Director, Associate Professor Nicolette Hodyl emphasised the importance of involving all stakeholders right from the beginning to maximise the impact of research findings.
“The best way to ensure research achieves real benefits to patients and health services, is ensuring all next-users, end-users and stakeholders are involved right from the beginning. The Research Translation Centres can help make this happen, by leveraging the knowledge, expertise and resources we have available in our partner organisations. Working together, we can accelerate the translation of research findings into real-world solutions.”
Also representing NSW Regional Health Partners was cardiologist and researcher Professor Andrew Boyle, who leads the regions Cardiovascular Network. Andrew highlighted the particular needs of our regional and rural communities, where access to health services and support for clinical staff are far more challenging than those living in large cities. Professor Boyle encouraged collaborative efforts that consider new tailored approaches to support cardiovascular health in regional and rural communities.
The symposium fostered a collaborative and proactive environment, with attendees committing to work together on bold and ambitious programs of work.
“The passion and desire to work together across NSW to drive cardiovascular research forward was tangible and energising. I have no doubt that together we can achieve incredible advances that improve cardiovascular outcomes,” said Associate Professor Nicolette Hodyl.