Knowledge translation: evidence into action

Transferring research evidence into the policy making process is the focus of the latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP), which includes papers on a new model of collaborative research, frameworks for translating research evidence and an interview with former Federal health minister Nicola Roxon.

The guest editors for Issue 1 (2017) are Associate Professor Andrew Milat, Director, Evidence and Evaluation at NSW Ministry of Health, and Professor Don Nutbeam, PHRP Editor-in-Chief. Themed articles include an ‘in practice’ paper that describes the experiences of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, one of Australia’s NHMRC Partnership Centres for Better Health, in delivering coproduced partnership research. In a perspective article, the authors explore how secondments can be used as a tool to increase knowledge translation. Other papers discuss a procedure for embedding stakeholder engagement in the development of simulation models; a long-term approach to evidence generation and knowledge translation in NSW; frameworks for translating research evidence into policy and practice; and the aims and achievements of the World Health Organisation partnership, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research.

In a special interview with PHRP, former Federal health minister Nicola Roxon gives valuable insights into strategies researchers can adopt to increase the likelihood of their evidence being used to inform public health policy.

Non-themed articles in the issue discuss best practice for communicating about public health hazards where the risk is low but public concern is high; and reasons behind opposition to water fluoridation in regional NSW.

PHRP is Australia’s first online-only open access peer-reviewed public health journal, published by the Sax Institute with a strong focus on the connection between research, policy and practice.

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