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Engagement key to Queensland's translational research

After ten years working in healthcare, Kirsty Dummin decided to venture into a new sector, only to discover that her heart was in health. Recently, she joined Health Translation Queensland in a new role as Senior Principal, Communications and Engagement.

Kirsty previously worked with the Improvement Foundation, a charity that supported primary healthcare services to implement data driven and evidence based improvements for people with preventable and chronic illness. She started in a communications role for a $21M federal program to implement web-based reporting for Aboriginal health services across Australia. When the program extended for another three years, Kirsty was appointed the program manager.

“By the time the Department of Health took the program in-house, we had 300 health services onboard, a major turnaround from where we started. The most rewarding part was building good relationships with Aboriginal Medical Services in rural and remote communities, and helping them adopt changes that ultimately help them deliver improved services for their clients,” Kirsty said.

During a break from the healthcare sector, family circumstances brought Kirsty to Queensland from South Australia. She moved into a communications position with an Aboriginal owned facilities management business. While this role was rewarding, when the opportunity to work back in health came up, Kirsty didn’t hesitate.

“At Health Translation Queensland, I am inspired by the opportunity to understand and help communicate the research that happens before a discovery moves into clinical practice. After working on the health delivery side, it is fascinating to see the enormous effort that goes into research and its translation,” Kirsty said.

When she’s not writing non-fiction at work, Kirsty is writing fiction at home. So far, she’s written two contemporary fiction books and is working on a third historical fiction inspired by her grandparents’ escape from East Germany in the 1950s.

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