The Deeble Institute, along with the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, is pleased to announce the 2015 Knowledge Translation and Exchange Short Course which will be held from the 13-15 July 2015 in Perth in partnership with the UWA School of Population Health. The course incorporates theory with a strong practical focus covering topics to assist academic researchers in translating their research findings into policy and practice by making their work more accessible and useful to policymakers and the media. The course also includes presentations and sessions with senior State and Federal policy makers.
The course is looking to attract researchers and academics as well as public and private sector researchers with an interest in informing policy. A flyer for the course and further information is located at http://www.sph.uwa.edu.au/courses/winter-spring-summer-school/knowledge-exchange.
Course sessions will cover a range of topics including:
- Why knowledge exchange and research translation is becoming more important for academic researchers, and the various ways it can be done for different audiences;
- The realities of the policy making process and the environment in which policymakers work;
- Engaging effectively with the media and non-academic audiences, and;
- Opportunities to secure funding for policy and practice-relevant research.
Combining theory with a strong practical focus, you will receive training on the fundamentals of writing for policymakers and communicating in the mainstream media.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your skills in small groups, applying the theory presented to your own research projects. Working individually, you’ll be able to further develop a piece of your own research by translating it into a media release and one-page backgrounder suitable for a generalist policymaker (bring your own research material, e.g. peer-reviewed paper). You will also have the opportunity to experience a media interview and to receive feedback on your performance from a professional journalist.