Issue 9 - 1 October 2012 enews home

Colloquium to unearth research that works

Professor Alison Kitson is one of a raft of renowned health professionals who will speak at Menzies Scientific Colloquium 2012

The exciting science of translating health research into large-scale change will be the focus of an upcoming colloquium to be held at Charles Darwin University.

Menzies Scientific Colloquium 2012 will bring together a raft of nationally and internally renowned scientists, health professionals, leaders, researchers and educators to discuss, debate, set the direction and make decisions about health outcomes, particularly in Northern Australia.

Key note speaker, Professor Alison Kitson said that translating evidence into practice required research that bridged the gap between discovery and delivery.

"In the past, it was usually assumed that research results would somehow trickle down in a process known as passive diffusion without much attention given to the exact mechanisms or the intended target audience," Professor Kitson said.

Her research over the past two decades has focused on understanding the mechanisms that enable new knowledge, in the forms of guidelines or innovations in practice such as new roles, to be introduced into clinical practice.

A leader in the science of knowledge translation and implementation, she is Professor of Nursing and Head of Discipline of Nursing at the University of Adelaide, Co-Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Practice South Australia, and an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford.

The Colloquium will also showcase three innovative Menzies research programs that have achieved world-class success in translating research into significant change in health care and health outcomes.

Menzies Scientific Colloquium 2012 will be held on Friday, 26 October 2012 from 9am to 1pm at the Mal Nairn Auditorium, Charles Darwin University.

Attendees should confirm their attendance before 17 October 2012 by emailing