Progress on the Roadmap for Strengthening Health and Medical Research in Queensland

23 February 2024

Health Translation Queensland (HTQ) has launched the first progress report on the Roadmap for Strengthening Health and Medical Research for Queensland (the Roadmap), calling on the health and medical research community to continue actively moving the sector forward.

HTQ Executive Director Professor John Prins encouraged all members of the Queensland health and medical research ecosystem to consider how they can get involved in strengthening the sector.

“The Roadmap outlined a range of priorities and recommended actions identified by the health and medical research community, to build Queensland’s health and medical research sector,” Professor Prins said.

“The Roadmap Progress Report identifies the initiatives underway to progress the Roadmap’s priorities and actions.

“This progress is encouraging, and I urge the health and medical sector to continue supporting the growth of an active translational research culture within Queensland’s health services and system. This will ultimately result in better health and wellbeing for all Queenslanders.”

The progress report highlights the work underway in each of the 3 priority areas of the Roadmap, which are:

1. Strengthen the ecosystem

2. Build workforce capability and capacity

3. Optimise funding.

For example, under Priority 1, HTQ Partners are strengthening Queensland’s clinical trials through several initiatives, including Queensland Health leading the Australian Teletrials Program. This program aims to improve access to clinical trials for rural, regional and remote Australians.

Under Priority 2, HTQ runs a growing education and training program, which reaches thousands of clinicians, researchers and consumers each year. This centralised approach to common education and training needs reduces duplication, and fosters collaboration by bringing together people from across HTQ’s partnership, and beyond, to learn together.

The progress report also identifies ongoing and future work areas for the health and medical research community.

For example, under Priority 3, Queensland’s health and medical research community can further optimise health and medical research funding through initiatives like grant programs and philanthropic funding for near-miss schemes and by supporting researchers to prepare grant applications, such as generating preliminary data to strengthen their applications.

Read the full Roadmap Progress Report 2023.

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