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Allied Health Insights Vol. 1, No.20: Research Capacity Building

In this edition, we look at research capacity building in allied health from three perspectives—from the ‘front line’, in a low resource context, and from a management viewpoint.

Allied health research capacity building is a long game, where collaboration and responsiveness are key. Monash University allied health researcher and manager of research capability building with Western Alliance, Dr Olivia King reflects on the last five years of her work in research capacity building and shares some of her key learnings.

We look at multi-level approaches for building research capacity, what a resource-poor setting looks like, and the strategies that can be used to build capacity in these types of settings. This is highly relevant for individuals and organisations concerned with, or leading research capacity building initiatives in health settings.

How can allied health managers foster an environment conducive to research capacity building? Managers are central to the organisational research culture and climate, but not all have research skills, knowledge, or experience. Consequently they may lack the confidence to support research activity including research translation. We show that managers don’t need to have PhDs or be experienced researchers to support a positive team and organisational research culture—find out more in our 7 Ways To Be A Research Enabling Manager feature.

Under the microscope for the latest A to Z of Allied Health: we do a PCR test on medical scientists, members of a critical yet somewhat invisible allied health profession—medical scientists have continued to play an essential role in tracking viral mutations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As mentioned in our previous edition, we’ve updated our website, adding a simple interface for you to post career announcements, service directory listings, and events straight to the site, or ask your peers to answer your burning allied health question on our forum.

Our recently-launched Service Directory is a hub for businesses to promote their services directly to allied health professionals and organisations, and we’d like to offer each of our subscribers a free four week trial. Following the trial period, you can continue your listing for as little as $125 per annual subscription. Please email to find out more.

Useful Links

The AHP Playlist

rad chat podcast

Allied Health Professionals in Research | Rad Chat Podcast

Naman Julka-Anderson and Jo McNamara catch up with Dr. Hazel Roddam to discuss leadership, career progression and getting allied health professionals into research.

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clinical research podcast

Allied Health Professionals Leading Clinical Research | The Clinical Research Podcast

Vicky Booth, a physiotherapist from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust explains to Matt Hurst of the Research & Innovation department how working with falls patients who also had dementia led her to develop her own career as a clinical academic.

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national elf service podcast

Sharon Mickan | National Elf Service Podcast

Sharon Mickan discusses identifying barriers and facilitators to maximise the implementation of research evidence in clinical practice.

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In The Media

Pharmacists to get prescription powers in NSW ‘game-changer’ trial that GPs call ‘madness’

Sharon Mickan discusses identifying barriers and facilitators to maximise the implementation of research evidence in clinical practice.

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