October 7, 2019

Research Week 2019 kicks off

Research Week at Northern Health annually showcases a range of local and innovative research projects and presentations from research leaders from around the world.

Professor Helena Teede spoke at the launch of Research Week 2019, making an impassioned case for the community, health care providers and health services to play a key role in priority setting, design and delivery of research and translation to deliver health impact in Australia.

Professor Teede is the Executive Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre and the Director of Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health, Monash University. She is passionate about research translation and driving better health through research. She has a leading role in research and translation, including large scale randomised controlled trials and evidence synthesis, guidelines, the co-design of new models of care, implementation and scale-up.

Professor Teede has over 450 publications and focuses on women’s reproductive health including infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pregnancy health, gestational diabetes and menopause across clinical trials, epidemiology, health services research and public health.

In her presentation, Professor Teede made the point that, “the community are the funders and beneficiaries of health care and of research, and our frontline workforce and health services are the powerhouse behind health care. Our community, health care providers and health service deserve a role in priority setting, design and delivery of research and translation to deliver health impact for Australians.”

Professor Peter Brooks, Research Lead at Northern Health, said the speakers at Research Week “will force us to reflect upon our current practices and challenge us to explore how we can rise above the increasing demands we will continue to face.”

Professor Teede challenged the audience to help create a learning health system that met both the needs of the clinicians and the community – with the support of research, evidence and translation.

Research Week 2019 celebrates an exciting year of research at Northern Health, reflected by numerous presentations and posters.

“These contributions highlight the quality of research activities occurring across the clinical spectrum being driven by an increasing number of staff at Northern Health. We know that a health service which commits to, and nurtures, a research culture has better patient outcomes and happier and more satisfied staff and patients,” says Professor Brooks.

“We should be very proud of the clinical care we deliver, but it must be underpinned by education and research. This will ensure we evaluate and question everything we do, leading to continuous improvement in the way we deliver care to our community and, importantly, educate our staff and our students – Northern Health’s workforce of the future,” adds Professor Brooks.

Research Week continues until Friday, 11 October and showcases an exciting range of speakers of the calibre of Dr Adam Semciw (an international expert on the hip), Professor Rachelle Buchbinder (Director, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University), Mark Tacey  (Biostatistician at Northern Health), plus workshops by Professor Teede and MedTech Actuator – Australia’s premier medtech company.

For the complete program, please click here.

Featured Image (left to right): Professor Peter Brooks (Research Lead), Jane Poxon (Acting Chief Executive), Professor Teede (Guest Speaker) and Dr Michael Kirk (Director Medical Services) at the launch of Research Week 2019.

Hear more from Professor Teede in the below video.