Billions of dollars are spent in Australia each year in conducting first-rate research to answer critical questions for the benefit of Australians’ health. Yet it is argued that health systems fail to use this evidence in an optimal way, resulting in inefficiencies, wasted resources and poor outcomes in morbidity and mortality (1, 2).
Simply providing evidence via peer-reviewed journals, while important, is not enough to ensure it becomes embedded into routine healthcare or decision-making. Other methods for the translation of research knowledge are required to make full use of this valuable research.
NSW Regional Health Partners seeks to build the capacity of professionals to identify practice gaps, collect and consider strong evidence, and implement tailored solutions within their workplaces to benefit their local patients and communities.
To this aim, NSWRHP are investing funding from the Office for Health and Medical Research into building the capacity of our local health professionals to incorporate research into their healthcare role, through the provision of two scholarships: the NSWRHP Clinical Epidemiology Scholarship (20 places available) and the NSWRHP Knowledge Translation Scholarship (40 places available).
The NSWRHP Clinical Epidemiology Scholarship is for health professionals who work in the NSWRHP geographical footprint to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle.
Four courses (40 units) are included in the Graduate Certificate, with two compulsory courses of Epidemiology A and Biostatistics A. The third course will involve designing a research protocol and the fourth course is an elective. In addition to these units, students will be provided with ongoing support. More information about the Graduate Certificate can be found by clicking here.
The NSWRHP Clinical Epidemiology Scholarship covers the Graduate Certificate fees and ongoing support.
The NSWRHP Knowledge Translation Scholarship is for clinicians who work in the NSWRHP geographical footprint to undertake a 12-week online course titled, Knowledge Translation in Health Care, at the University of Newcastle. Applicants can work for the three local health districts, the primary healthcare network or be in private practice.
The course will include topics on: identifying, reviewing, and selecting knowledge for translation; engaging stakeholders and knowledge users; assessing barriers and facilitators to knowledge use; and selecting, tailoring, and implementing interventions to address barriers. Successful applicants will be entitled NSW Regional Health Partners Knowledge Translation Fellows (or KT Fellows).
At the completion of the course, KT Fellows will have completed a knowledge translation project plan which they can use to address an identified knowledge-practice gap in their local setting. Fellows will be provided with ongoing support for nine months following the completion of the course as they commence their project. Support will include monthly peer support sessions via web conferencing; on demand support via email or phone from the Course Coordinator; and ongoing access to the Blackboard site and course resources.
More information about the course can be found by clicking here.
The NSWRHP Knowledge Transfer Scholarship covers the course fees and ongoing support.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
Applicants must hold a degree in a health-related field. For the NSW Clinical Epidemiology Scholarship, it is not essential that health professionals are clinically qualified, e.g. a Health Information Manager could apply. Applicants must be clinically trained to receive the NSWRHP Knowledge Translation Scholarship. Preference will be given to nursing and allied health professionals.
Only health professionals who work in the area encompassed by the three local health districts (Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast) are eligible to apply. They do not have to work for one of the local health districts. Preference will be given to health professionals who are based in rural areas and who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Supporting documentation must be provided as a full colour copy, or certified black and white copy. The UON application itself and provision of supporting documents are only needed after an application to NSWRHP has been successful.
All applicants need to submit a letter from their head of department, service or practice to demonstrate their in-principle support. This letter of support should include, where possible, some areas where research/knowledge translation has been identified as being needed and thus an indication of the potential benefit of training for the department, patients and community.
A confirmation email will be sent to you after you complete your application. Please note: You will also need to send a 2-page summary of your curriculum vitae and a letter of support from your manager, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A second email confirming receipt of these documents will be sent to you within office hours.
Once an application is received, it will be screened for eligibility. Two judges will then review the responses and score them based on an agreed rubric. Applicants for the NSWRHP Clinical Epidemiology Scholarship may be invited to interview at the discretion of the judging panel. NSW Regional Health Partners will then notify applicants of the outcome of their application via email by Friday 20th December 2019, and all scholarship holders will be listed on the NSWRHP website.
There is no application fee to apply for either scholarship.
1. Davis D, Davis ME, Jadad A, Perrier L, Rath D, Ryan D, et al. The case for knowledge translation: shortening the journey from evidence to effect. BMJ. 2003;327(7405):33.
2. Madon T, Hofman KJ, Kupfer L, Glass RI. Implementation Science. Science. 2007;318(5857):1728-9.