The embedded Economist program (eE) – We did make a range of crisis plans for the eE, balancing threats to integrity of the research protocol due to potential inability to embed (with non-essential workers not allowed in LHDs), with the desire to provide potentially needed economic support to COVID affected facilities. Options included omitting some sites from the study and/or redesigning the study. At the same time, everyone got a lot better at Zoom meetings. The end results have been minimal impact on the research program with introduction of a mere three month hiatus in the embedding program and a highly engaged MNCLHD site. While the effects of the remote engagement period are yet to be measured, indications are that the program did not suffer. We were delighted to be able to complete and submit a strong theoretical paper during this period.
The Spinifex Network – This Network is growing – and a new website will shortly be available. NSWRHP is also driving the establishment and implementation of the Spinifex Network, a national alliance for Rural Health and Medical Research comprising more than 60 rural and regional health organisations (co-convening it with the other two CIRHs – Central Australian Academic Health Science Network and the Tropical Australian Academic Health Science Centre. The Network is championing rurally-based research, and rural representation in health research and decision-making groups.
Working more closely with NSW Health – This has been a beneficial excellent COVID ‘side effect’. NSWRHP has begun to work with the other NSW Health Translation Centres – Sydney Health Partners and SPHERE – to progress state-wide priorities. We co-organised and co-chaired the NSW Health Service Research COVID-19 Response Priority Setting Roundtable in June and are working with the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Office of Health and Medical Research to increase the profile and success of health services research in NSW.
We are looking forward to…
- Completion of the first round of RART projects and growing evidence of their impact
- Providing more support to those working in palliative and end of life care – in order to get their messages out to the community
- Developing a national paper with support from all the health translation centres, demonstrating the value to health services of local level health economic analyses
NSWRHP is staffed by a small team, with big ambitions…
We work together to facilitate and fund impactful research and communicate well to all our stakeholders.