Our Objective & Purpose

Objective

To make appreciable improvements in health outcomes and patient and provider experience by promoting the translation of evidence into practice.

To do this we will:

    1. Drive high quality translational health research
    2. Develop interest and capability within our partner organisations to undertake translational health research
    3. Increase consumer and community involvement in translational health
      research
    4. Build collaborations between clinicians, consumers, managers, researchers and policy makers

Purpose

Our Purpose is to accelerate the transition of evidence into practice to improve the health and well-being of regional and rural communities, and the efficiency and effectiveness of health services.

Strategic Plan

In late 2019, NSW Regional Health Partners developed a strategic plan for 2019 – 2022, which was refined in 2020. The Strategic plan outlines the priorities of the Centre along with its purpose, objective and ways of working. As detailed in the strategic plan, NSWRHP will:

1.1. Fund translational research with the greatest potential to improve clinical practice or public health. This may include studies of replicability, adaptability, scalability, sustainability and effectiveness.

1.2. Promote best practice in translational research, including:

    • Creation of evidence syntheses;
    • Use of co-design;
    • Detailed study of context;
    • Use of patient reported measures;
    • Evaluation of outcomes that includes clinical, social and economic measures.

1.3. Prioritise rural and regional health, service gaps, and equity issues including Aboriginal health.

1.4. Share findings, outcomes and experiences of research with clinicians, the community, educators, decision makers and funders.

1.5. Facilitate access to clinical trial research by:

    • Providing supportive systems and researcher training;
    • Supporting Department of Health, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) initiatives, and NSW Ministry of Health to address improved research governance and access to clinical trials. 

2.1. Develop awareness, skills and knowledge in:

    • Research design and methodologies;
    • Economic and social evaluation
    • Evidence-based decision making;
    • Change management;
    • Public messaging.

2.2. Create opportunities for clinicians, managers and researchers to set priorities together and participate in translational health research .

2.3. Support research that feeds into the clinical research pipeline, supports clinician researchers’ career development and provides opportunity for further funding.

2.4. Integrate translational research design principles into health professional courses.

3.1. Require consumer and community involvement in research we fund.

3.2. Provide opportunities for consumers to participate in priority setting, research design and research delivery.

3.3. Train and support researchers to build consumer and community involvement into their research.

3.4. Build consumer awareness of the evidence-practice gap and consumer demand for best practice.

4.1. Facilitate multidisciplinary and multi organisational teams to develop proposals for funding.

4.2. Partner with other health translation centres and research organisations on research programs and grant applications addressing rural and regional priorities across Australia:

    • Contribute actively to the Australian Health Research Alliance;
    • Collaborate with the NSW Rural Health Research Alliance, the other NSW translational centres and the NSW Ministry of Health to develop translational research that has impact across NSW.

4.3. Prepare policy briefs and submissions to government to promote the work of NSW Regional Health Partners and the value of translational health and medical research.

4.4. Maintain accreditation of NSW Regional Health Partners.

4.5. Pursue increased and new funding.