National Translational Research

Health Translation Queensland is working on a number of national projects with the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) to improve patient care and health outcomes across the country.

Health systems improvement and sustainability

The Health Systems Improvement and Sustainability (HSIS) National System Level Initiative aims to develop the workforce and models of care that improve the healthcare system and its sustainability by harnessing the best Australian expertise and skills. 

Three working groups have been established to address different aspects of the recommendations made in the 2018 National Framework.

Health Translation Queensland is leading HSIS Working Group 2: Change and Improvement of clinical practice. The HSIS Working Group 2 activity aims to drive safer, higher quality patient care by supporting health professionals to recognise and reduce low-value care practices—health interventions or models of care that provide little or no benefits, may cause patient harm or yield marginal benefits at a disproportionately high cost.

In addition, Health Translation Queensland will work with Queensland University of Technology and the other AHRA leads to re-establish a national virtual network to foster collaborative partnerships and support the implementation of all HSIS activities in accordance with the National Framework for Health System Improvement and Sustainability 2018 recommendations.

Special initiative: wound care

Funded through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the AHRA Wound Care Initiative is a national collaboration involving the Department of Health, Wounds Australia, health and medical research teams, acute care services and primary healthcare. The initiative aims to create an integrated approach to wound management that will deliver improved patient outcomes and reduce the health and economic cost of wounds in Australia.

Wounds Australia has partnered with AHRA to oversee the initiative. Health Translation Queensland and the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) are the AHRA partners leading the Wound Care Initiative.

The AHRA Wound Care Initiative involves four projects:

  1. Determine the actual (not modelled) costs of wound care based on best practice and best product.

  2. Update the 2016 National Wound Care Standards to include new guidelines and a self-audit tool.

  3. Develop an integrated training and education framework.

  4. Plan for a coordinated program of research excellence.

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