Our Academy is a key initiative of Sydney Health Partners, which is a NHMRC-accredited collaboration between five major health services, the University of Sydney and eleven affiliated medical research institutes.

Established in 2023, the SHP Implementation Science Academy builds on Sydney Health Partners’ existing implementation science program, which commenced in 2018.

Our Academy makes a crucial contribution towards realising Sydney Health Partners’ vision of transforming the way research improves patient care and public health in the Australian health system.

Our Academy also aligns with Sydney Health Partners’ operational priorities: Supporting people, Optimising Innovation, Enabling Research and Increasing Impact.

Building a Community to Improve Research Translation

We have established an online Community of Practice for all those interested in Implementation Science. Bringing together healthcare professionals, researchers and students from across our Partnership, the community facilitates networking and knowledge sharing about initiatives to improve the translation of evidence into practice. 

The Community also supports capacity development through annual educational and training events and workshops, offering online educational resources and pilot grants for implementation research projects.

How Can Implementation Science Transform the Process of Change in Healthcare?

We believe in an evidence-based approach to healthcare. 

Through Implementation Science we seek to understand how the evidence produced by health and medical research can be more quickly, consistently and effectively put to practical use. 

Implementation Science recognises that the translation of research discoveries into evidence-based healthcare is a complex and dynamic process which requires localisation and adaptation. Successful implementation needs the early engagement of stakeholders, encouraging them to make the intervention their own by adapting it to their setting. 

When implementing evidence into practice, clinicians and researchers must consider multiple factors including context, culture and capacity. Local policies and priorities, the willingness of staff to make a change, and the capacity to implement change can each have a significant impact of the ability of health services to embrace an innovation. 

By identifying factors that impact across the patient, provider, team and organisational levels of a health service or system, Implementation Science can help deliver the benefits of innovations to patients and communities more rapidly and improve quality of care.

Our aims are to:

  • Facilitate and promote the use of Implementation Science by Partner researchers and clinicians

  • Demonstrate the value of the rapid translation of evidence into practice

  • Enhance networks to facilitate translation of research into practice

  • Transform research findings into the development or refinement of health care delivery, to benefit patients and foster change in healthcare organisations

  • Evaluate and share success

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