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Making Research Matter in Clinical Practice - Understanding the journey from research to implementation


Each session features thought-provoking presentations and case studies from leading Australian researchers, many of whom will be co-presenting with members of the community involved in their research.

The symposium will also showcase a selection of the best research presentations from Mater researchers who have participated in the BRIDGE (BRInging researchers and Donors toGEther) Training Program.

It will conclude with a panel discussion with health consumers and researchers sharing their ideas for more efficient and effective ways to translate scientific findings into clinical practice and improved health outcomes for the broader community.

Following the conclusion of the symposium, we invite all symposium attendees to stay for the post event networking function where drinks and light refreshments will be provided. The networking function is a fantastic opportunity to meet with our speakers and network with like-minded professionals in a relaxed environment.

2018 Program

8.30 - 8.50 am


8.50 -
9 am

Welcoming address

9 am - 10.40am

Session 1: Engaging and partnering with consumers and communities in research and practice

This session is being chaired by Prof Vicki Flenady and will feature presentations from:

  • Prof Sue Kildea, Director of the Midwifery Research Unit at Mater Research, to co-present with health consumer Kristie Ivory on Using Participatory Action Research for Sustainable Service Delivery Redesign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers and Babies.
  • Dr Helen Gooden, Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney, and Kristen Larsen, ovarian cancer survivor and founder of OvarShar, to co-present the Survivors Teaching Students program: Saving Women’s Lives® (STS)- an ovarian cancer survivors learning initiative for health professional students.
  • Anne Mckenzie, Head of the Consumer and Community Health Research Network in Western Australia, to present on Consumer and Community Involvement in Research: How to get started

Morning Tea 

11 am - 12.40pm

Session 2: Finding success in clinical translation of research through integrated care

This session is being chaired by Prof Sue Kildea and will feature presentations from:

  • Dr Jake Begun, Leader of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) Research Group at Mater Research, to co-present with Ariella Wyatt on A unique model for treating young adults with chronic illness
  • Perrin Moss, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, co-presenting with health consumer Emma Dunlop on Consumer collaboration and co-design: integrating care via Project ECHO®​
  • Prof Emma Duncan, Professor of Medicine at The University of Queensland, presenting on Genomics in 2018: Translating the genetics revolution into clinical practice

1.20 -
3 pm

Session 3: Technology-enabled research translation and technology-driven healthcare

This session is being chaired by Dr Jake Begun and will feature presentations from:

  • Prof Vicki Flenady, Leader of the Stillbirth Research Group at Mater Research, to co-present with Megan Weller, Coordinator of the My Baby’s Movements App Trial; and health consumer Sally Summergreene who used the My Baby’s Movements app throughout her pregnancy.
  • Prof Michael Sawyer, Head of Research and Evaluation Unit, Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, The Women's and Children's Hospital in South Australia, to present on eMums – New Technology for New Mums
  • Dr Clair Sullivan, Medical Lead for Digital Healthcare Improvement in the Clinical Excellence Division of Queensland Health, to co-present with health consumer Christine Slade on Digital transformation and disruption
Afternoon tea
3.20 - 3.40 pm

Session 4: Presentations from Mater researchers who have participated in the BRIDGE (BRInging researchers and Donors toGEther) Training Program

This session will feature presentations from:

  • Dr Linda Gallo, Early Career Fellow at Mater Research to present on Getting to the heart of the problem for people living with diabetes
  • Dr Shelley Wilkinson, Senior Research Dietitian and Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals to present on Building an evidence-based nutrition maternity service
  • Dr Patricia Carreira from Mater Research to present on Improving cancer care
  • Dr Mary Ghazawy from Mater Research.
3.40 - 4.20 pm

Session 5: Panel discussion: Our panelists share their vision on how to better translate clinical research into practice 

Panel members for this discussion are:

4.20 -
6 pm

Post event networking function - drinks and light refreshments provided



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