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Evidence Synthesis, Translation and Implementation


Australia spends about $6 billion on health and medical research each year yet only a fraction of the research findings are translated into sustainable practice or service improvements. As people expect to receive the most effective care based on the best available evidence, the critical application of evidence to practice is essential to the role of any health professional.

Our aim

We aim to foster collaboration and capacity building in finding, appraising, translating, implementing and evaluating evidence in practice for safe, effective and efficient healthcare practice and health service delivery. We will achieve this by: 

  • conducting robust systematic reviews that synthesising best available evidence
  • translating research findings into practice-friendly tools
  • collaborating with clinicians and health services on quality improvement and implementation research
  • co-designing theory-based or conceptually-derived evidence implementation plans with key stakeholders
  • evaluating effectiveness of implementation strategies for sustainable practice change.

Our researchers

  • A/Professor Sonya Osborne (Theme lead)
  • Dr Sharon Rees (Theme co-lead)
  • Hancy Isaac (DPhD Candidate)
  • Ms Amanda Balmer (doctoral student)
  • Ms Judy Avery (doctoral student)
  • Ms Christine Schoenfisch (professional doctorate student)

Areas of inquiry

Evidence synthesis, translating research into practice, evidence-based practice and implementation strategies, quality improvement, planning and evaluating innovations in health services, and capacity building in EBP and research.

Core research programs

  • Translating Research And evidence Implementation Network  (TRAIN)