The NSW Regional Health Partners Research Roadshow concluded its journey earlier this month, with its final stop in Newcastle.
Kicking off in Taree in August, the Roadshow delivered skills training and workshops across our regional footprint. Next stops were Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Gosford, Wyong, Armidale, Tamworth and Newcastle. Each stop was marked by enthusiastic participation from health care professionals, stakeholders and presenters alike, creating a culture of shared learning, contributing to its overall success.
”By bringing together experts and health care staff, we hoped to raise awareness of research, and empower those very new in their research career to feel confident while getting started. When health care professionals conduct research, it means that challenges they see every day can be addressed. This ultimately improves staff and patient experience and leads to better patient outcomes,” said Nicolette Hodyl, Director at NSW Regional Health Partners.
Sessions were crafted to offer insights, practical skills and hands-on experience in research methodologies, evidence-based solutions and research translation.
Presentations and workshops were delivered by experts from the region, ranging from research methodologies and grant writing to co-design, collaboration with consumers, development of research protocols, understanding health economics, and impact evaluation.
The Roadshow was interactive in nature with attendees actively engaging in Q&A sessions, and sharing their own experiences and learnings with fellow participants. This interactive format not only facilitated knowledge exchange but also sparked meaningful conversations and potential new collaborations. Participants met others who were at the same stage in their research career, who can now act as peer support as their research experience deepens.
University of Newcastle’s Erin Bovino, who works on the Central Coast and attended the Newcastle event, said she found Nicolette Hodyl’s grant submissions, and Elissa Elvidge’s presentation on cultural safety the most invaluable learnings. “As a person changing careers mid-life and just starting in research, navigating and understanding everything can be rather overwhelming. The knowledge and experience these ladies have passed on through their workshops provided me with foundational skills and a sense of confidence to build on.”
NSW Regional Health Partners is developing resources that complement the wonderful presentations to build an ongoing resource to support people getting started in health and medical research. Look out for these on our website in the coming months!