Sydney Health Partners – five founding Partners take leadership of a platform for improving translational research.

Sydney Health Partners (SHP) begins its fifth year as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC), having just received independent endorsement of its approach to tackling the major health system challenges.

Implementation of Sydney Health Partners 2019-2022 Strategy will see each of its five founding Partners take leadership of a platform for improving translational research:

  • Northern Sydney Local Health District build health and medical research capacity and remove barriers to the timely conduct of research
  • Sydney Local Health District lead efforts to transform how research improves patient outcomes to meet the needs of our communities
  • Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (at Westmead) foster the utilisation of digital health and informatics to optimise models of health care and care delivery
  • The University of Sydney build translational and implementation research expertise within health services
  • Western Sydney Local Health District promote collaboration and inclusivity, and by doing so increase research scale and international competitiveness.

Other work being done by Sydney Health Partners:

  • We are building new communities of collaboration, knowledge and practice through our thriving streams and themes.
  • All five of our major partners have now signed an Accord for the Sharing of Health Data across Sydney Health Partners. It’s a significant and symbolic step, but just the first towards ensuring that the wealth of data in health services and academia is effectively utilised.
  • In a closely-related initiative, we have begun work on the creation of a research “passport” which could allow its holders to more readily and easily conduct research across local health districts, including accessing data sets.
  • We are currently supporting 22 individual Rapid Applied Research Translation projects with grants financed by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
  • We have partnered with Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) to sponsor a review of the various Indigenous health and well-being research which is currently being undertaken across the Sydney basin. The survey will assist researchers to identify untapped opportunities for large-scale collaboration and help prepare them for the MRFF’s upcoming Indigenous Health Research Fund grant round.
  • Led by the University of Sydney, we have begun planning for an online community of practice, education and training program, and a dedicated research stream in the emerging discipline of Implementation Science.
  • Following the success of last October’s Implementation Science Symposium (which received a 96% approval rating from attendees) we have begun planning this year’s Symposium, to be held on Monday November 16. Once again, this year’s keynote speaker will be an major international figure in the field, so stayed tuned for more news.
  • We will soon have news of a new SHP initiative supporting consumer and community involvement (CCI) in research in New South Wales.
  • And through our membership of the Australian Health Research Alliance, we are also co-leading a national systems-level initiative to develop CCI.

Professor Garry Jennings AO
Executive Director
Sydney Health Partners