Health Translation Queensland (HTQ), in collaboration with its partners, has undertaken a comprehensive health research needs assessment to assist with identifying and responding to health research translation needs, emerging health priorities and funding opportunities across Queensland.
HTQ’s Health Research Needs Assessment (needs assessment) identifies significant trends and issues in demographic and health data, as well as gaps and opportunities for collaboration at a statewide level – in a first providing unique insights into the health translation landscape across all of Queensland. The needs assessment also considered health research needs that can be addressed by both research translation and service provision - which sets it apart from other more locally focused needs assessments which primarily focus on health service provision.
HTQ and the report’s lead author Emma White used a methodical and thorough needs assessment approach drawing on vast sets of credible data sources and extensive stakeholder and consumer consultations to bring together demographic and health data that is meaningful in a Queensland-wide context.
The needs assessment is a substantial research piece that incorporates research evidence through data and literature, practical experience through key stakeholders, clinicians and researchers, as well as lived experience through consumers as forms of evidence in identifying health research priority areas.
Through the needs assessment HTQ has identified 9 health research priority areas, each with potential focus areas and collaborative opportunities.
The 9 health research priority areas are (in alphabetical order):
Going forward, the needs assessment will be used by HTQ to establish HTQ Collaborative Groups for identified health research priority areas. The purpose of HTQ’s Collaborative Groups is to advance research translation projects united around a specific clinical problem or priority population group to respond to emerging health priorities and harness funding opportunities.
Download the full Health Research Needs Assessment report.
Download the Health Research Needs Assessment summary (infographic).
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