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1st Biennial Australian Implementation Conference | Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre  |  25 & 26 October 2012

2014 Program Overview

Conference Themes

  • Theories and models of implementation science
  • Systems and structures to support high quality implementation
  • Fidelity, Adaptation and Scale up
  • Building capacity for effective implementation
  • Methods, measures and tools for evaluating implementation processes.
  • Implementation-informed policy planning, development, delivery and evaluation.

Visit these pages for the Oral and Poster Presentations. PowerPoints will also be available post-conference. Download Final Program

Day 1: 17 September 2014

Time Session Speaker Presentation Title
7.30 Registration

Opening Plenary

Ballroom 1 & 2

Dr Robyn Mildon, Program Chair, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Implementation, Parenting Research Centre Welcome to AIC
9.10-9.15   Uncle Chicka Madden, Gadigal Elder Welcome to Country



Keynote Speakers

Ballroom 1 & 2

Mr Bryan Samuels, Executive Director of Chapin Hall, University of Chicago, USA Policy, implementation, and evaluation: The active ingredients of evidence based intervention scale-up
Dr Patricia Chamberlain, Senior Research Scientist and Science Director, Oregon Social Learning Centre, USA  

Dr Fred Wulczyn, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago, USA

Sponsored by
The University of Melbourne

11.20-11.50 MORNING TEA

Session 1A

Ballroom 1

Chair: Warren Cann

Session Title: Leadership, Policy Systems and At-Scale Implementation

Session 1B

Ballroom 2

Chair: Dr Tahna Pettman

Session Title: Building Capacity for Effective Implementation

Session 1C

Hyde Park Room

Chair: Professor Ilan Katz

Session Title: Theories and Tools to Support Implementation

Session 1D

Phillip Room

Chair: Annette Michaux

Session Title: Systems and Structures to Support High Quality Implementation

11.50 Implementation Leadership
(# 69)

Bianca Albers

11.50 Using systems thinking concepts and processes to guide obesity prevention practice and policy development
(# 71)

Christine Siokou

11.50 Using Normalization Process Theory to facilitate sustainable practice change: the MOVE randomised controlled trial of Maternal and Child Health nurse screening and care for women experiencing
(# 87)

Leesa Hooker

11.50 Improving outcomes for vulnerable families: how the process of implementation has impacted on the whole of an organisation in Western Australia
(# 39)

Pauline Dixon

12.10 Laying the ground work for effective implementation: The role of government
(# 132)

Maree Walk

12.10 Increasing access to best practice mental health interventions on a national scale: Lessons learned from an implementation program based on a theory-informed model
(# 93)

Anne-Laure Couineau

12.10 Implementation of a research- practice partnership to develop and test research translation strategies for improving the health of populations
(# 86)

Dr Luke Wolfenden

12.10 Effective Supervision and Coaching: A Matter of Reflection?
(# 109)

Justine Harris & Cheryl Majka

12.30 Healthy Together Victoria: The policy and practice of systems
(# 78)

Dr Claire Tobin & Dr Jenny Proimos

12.30 Improving the implementation of responsible alcohol management practices by community sporting clubs: a randomised controlled trial
(# 90)

Melanie Kingsland

12.30 Design and evaluation of a multi-modal audit and feedback intervention for implementation of healthy food policy in rural and remote school canteens.
(# 98)

Dr Christopher Williams

12.30 Moving beyond theory to the nuts and bolts of implementation: Update on Mercy Community Service’ ‘DMERTTS’ Framework.
(# 32)

Dr Stewart Redshaw

12.50-1.35 LUNCH

Invited Speaker

Ballroom 1 & 2

Nancy Jeffrey, State Manager (NT), Save the Children For our mob, with our mob: implementation science comes alive

Keynote Speaker

Ballroom 1 & 2

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, Professor of Implementation Research and University Director of Research, Bangor University, UK Unpacking the black box of implementation science in healthcare






Concurrent Session 2A

Ballroom 1

Chair: Professor Alan Hayes AM

Session Title: Building Capacity for Fidelity, Adaptation and Scale-Up

Sponsored by AIFS

Concurrent Session 2B

Ballroom 2

Chair: Associate Professor Alex Collie

Session Title: Implementation and Intervention Trials

Concurrent Session 2C

Hyde Park Room

Chair: Dr Stacey Fox

Session Title: Learnings from At-Scale Implementation

Concurrent Session 2D

Phillip Room

Chair: Elaine Henry OAM

Session Title: Theories and Models of Implementation Science

Invited Workshop

NB: Limited seating, pre-registration is required

Speaker/s: Jacquie Brown, Implementation Specialist, Canada

Presentation: It can be done, it has been done and you too can do it! The application of implementation science in organisations.

Castlereagh Room

Sponsored by UnitingCare Burnside and Wanslea

3.00 ParTI: introducing an extended implementation framework for health service change
(# 40)

Professor Anneke Fitzgerald

3.00 Supporting Policy In health with Research: an Intervention Trial (SPIRIT) - Protocol and early findings
(# 44)

Dr Anna Williamson

3.00 Impact of a population based intervention to increase physical activity promoting practices in childcare services: learnings for large scale implementation in childcare

Meghan Finch

3.00 Implementation frameworks applied: the status quo in child, youth and family services

Dr Robyn Mildon
(# 133)

3.20 Clinician-Led Improvement in Cancer Care (CLICC): A randomised phased trial of clinical guideline implementation through a clinical network
(# 45)

Bernadette Brown

3.20 Implementation of an intervention to enhance police surveillance of alcohol related harm: a stepped wedge trial
(# 55)

Professor John Wiggers

3.20 Trapeze: making the leap with ease
(# 81)

Dr Jane Ho & Madeleine Bridgett

3.20 Using theory to inform implementation research: The iSOLVE Project
(# 62)

Dr Meryl Lovarini

3.40 Sustained nurse home visiting for all who could benefit: taking the MECSH program to scale
(# 101)

Dr Lynn Kemp

3.40 Increasing the implementation of vegetable and fruit breaks by Australian primary schools: a non-randomized controlled trial in a population of schools
(# 17)

Nicole Nathan

3.40 Expansion of the Reducing Use of Sedatives (RedUSe) project to Australian nursing homes
(# 75)

Dr Juanita Westbury

3.40 The significance of linkages for the uptake of research in social policy making
(# 59)

Jenny van der Arend



Concurrent Session 3A

Ballroom 1

Chair: Dr Dianne Jackson

Session Title: Supporting Implementation through Collaboration

Concurrent Session 3B

Ballroom 2

Chair: Dr Alison Roberts

Session Title: Methods, Measures and Tools for Evaluating Implementation Processes

Concurrent Session 3C

Hyde Park Room

Chair: Bianca Albers

Session Title: Strategies for the Uptake of Research

Concurrent Session 3D

Phillip Room

Chair: Tass Mousaferiadis

Session Title: Building Capacity for Effective Implementation

4.15 Implementing evidence based healthcare through clinical networks how should they be optimised as implementation vehicles?
(# 46)

Associate Professor Mary Haines

4.15 Using conjoint analysis to validate SAGE: A tool to assess research engagement actions and research use in the development of health policies
(# 11)

Dr Steve Makkar

4.15 Measuring 'user-pull' research uptake by policy makers and stakeholders
(# 52)

Catherine Joyce

4.15 Transforming the Developmental System in Disadvantaged Communities Through Sustainable Prevention Support and Delivery Systems
(# 54)

Professor Ross Homel AO

4.35 The Role of Key Stakeholders in Co-Creating an Infrastructure to Support Evidence-Based Practice
(# 91)

Dr Alison Metz

4.35 An intervention to facilitate the implementation of healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices in childcare services
(# 67)

Nicole Pond

4.35 Rural-proofing disability policy: engaging policy makers and service providers in bridging the research-policy gap.
(# 74)

Dr Angela Dew & Akshay Rai

4.45 Applying implementation science to build school implementation capacity to prevent bullying
(# 117)

Dr Natasha Pearce

4.55 Cross-agency, cross-jurisdictional, cross-service domain, cross-modal, unfunded, multiple non-government organisational partnership implementation science from scratch (phew!): A tale of really hard implementation science (and why it has almost worked!).
(# 94)

Michael Austin & Kate Dover

4.55 Evaluating the national implementation of early psychosis services on the headspace youth mental health care platform
(# 49)

Amanda Reeves

4.55 Sustaining short term initiatives - by implementing for the long term

Anthony Raitman


Poster Sessions

Conference Foyer

Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference in the foyer. The two poster groups will be running concurrently, and authors will be giving a 2-minute overview of their work during this time.

5.30 -7.30

Welcome Reception

Conference Foyer

Day 2: 18 September 2014






Breakfast - Large Scale implementation of the SafeCare model to prevent child neglect and abuse

Chair: Maree Walk, Chief Executive, Community Services Division, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Dr Daniel Whitaker, Georgia State University, National SafeCare Training and Research Center

Hyde Park Room




Welcome to Day 2

Ballroom 1 & 2

Dr Robyn Mildon, Program Chair, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Implementation, Parenting Research Centre




Keynote Speaker

Ballroom 1 & 2

Professor Brian Head, Program Leader, Policy Analysis, University of Queensland

Overcoming the barriers to research impact



Panel Discussion

Ballroom 1 & 2

  • Ms Amanda Cattermole, General Manager, Budget Policy Division, Australian Government, The Treasury
  • Tricia Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Wanslea Family Services
  • Professor Sally Redman AO, CEO Sax Institute
  • Ms Maree Walk, Chief Executive, Community Services Division, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • Clare Ward, Chief Executive, Families Commission, New Zealand

Solving complex policy implementation problems: Perspectives from Australasian leaders


Facilitated by Paul Ronalds, CEO, Save the Children Australia




Concurrent Session 4A

Ballroom 1

Chair: Dr Dianne Jackson

Session Title: Effective Implementation of Policy Reform

Concurrent Session 4B

Ballroom 2

Chair: Professor Aron Shlonsky

Session Title: Fidelity, Adaptation and Scale-Up

Concurrent Session 4C

Hyde Park Room

Chair: Professor Gabriele Bammer

Session Title: Improving and Evaluating Implementation

Concurrent Session 4D

Phillip Room

Chair: Professor Brian Head

Session Title: Building Capacity for Effective Implementation

11.40 Swimming against the tide: the importance of quality implementation for reform agendas in a resistant culture
(# 24)

Roslyn Baxter & Janet Stodulka

11.40 Scaling population health interventions: experiences and perspectives of policy makers, practitioners and researchers
(# 120)

Andrew Milat

11.40 Enhancing evidence-based strategies to maximise clinical practice change: The art of support and encouragement.
(# 122)

Dr Paula Wye

11.40 Impact of a national Knowledge Translation and Exchange platform to support community based obesity prevention implementation
(# 115)

Dr Tahna Pettman

12.00 Building a stronger system to improve youth health outcomes learning from implementation of the NSW Youth Health Policy 2011-2016
(# 70)

Fiona Robards & Dr Sally Gibson

12.00 Supporting the widespread, effective implementation of evidence-informed family support models: The design and testing of an Intensive Family Support Service Fidelity Framework 
(# 127)

Cheryl Majka

12.00 Using a multi-phased design to review the implementation of the Let’s Read community program
(# 68)

Paula Wood & Rebecca Sobczak

12.00 Building capacity for knowledge translation in occupational therapy
(# 113)

Dr Sally Bennett

12.20 Inquiry-led policy reform in Australia: What do we know about implementing inquiry recommendations
(# 124)

Annette Michaux

12.20 The Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Implementation Project: Scale up and spread of research evidence in 36 NSW stroke services
(# 38)

Professor Sandy Middleton

12.20 Evaluating implementation processes to improve outcomes for vulnerable families

Cherie Nay & Lucy Corrigan

12.20 Research into practice - lessons from a network approach to the challenge of implementation
(# 33)

Deb Tipper



1.40 -2.30


Keynote Speaker

Ballroom 1 & 2

Dr Melanie Barwick, Health Systems Scientist, Community Health Systems Resource Group, SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Mapping uncharted waters in the science and practice of implementation


Concurrent Session 5A

Ballroom 1

Chair: Pauline Zardo

Session Title: Developing Targeted Implementation Models


Concurrent Session 5B

Ballroom 2

Chair: Warren Cann

Session Title: Theories and Models of Implementation Science

Concurrent Session 5C

Hyde Park Room

Chair: Andrew Milat

Session Title: Methods, Measures and Tools for Evaluating Implementation Processes

Concurrent Session 5D

Phillip Room

Chair: Pauline Dixon

Session Title: Evaluation through an Implementation and Complex Systems Lens

2.35 Community Implementation System a structure to support sustainability
(# 111)

Jenna McWilliam & Jacquie Brown

2.35 Implementation Science and Collective Impact:  Frameworks for Scale and Sustainability
(# 80)

Jennifer Schroeder & Dr Allison Metz

2.35 Not your typical research project: Measuring implementation as programs and services develop in the real world
(# 125)

Professor Aron Shlonsky

2.35 Taking a systems approach what does it mean for interventions and evaluations?
(# 103)

Dr Lyndal Bond & Rachel Clark

2.55 Transitioning to Evidence for Excellence in Care: Implementing Evidence Based Practice in NSW Ambulance
(# 25)

Dr Sandy Muecke

2.55 'Rhizome' as a metaphor for implementation practice
(# 106)

Dr Therese Riley

2.55 Delivery of an intervention: A framework for the measurement of treatment integrity.
(# 8)

Pauline Goense

2.55 How to interpret implementation evaluations for effective policy
(# 128)

Professor Ilan Katz

3.15 Putting Evidence into Action: Implementing Healing Programs for Indigenous Children, Families and Communities
(# 53)

Lisa Hillan &Steven Torres-Carnes

3.15 Using the Theoretical Domains Framework to identify implementation challenges and design behavior change strategies: Two examples from stroke rehabilitation
(# 28)

Dr Annie McCluskey

3.15 An approach to measuring the impact of initiatives implemented to improve health outcomes: The EXpert PANel Decision (EXPAND) Method
(# 35)

Amanda Dominello

3.15 Evaluative capacity building: A conceptual framework for engaging decision-makers and program participants in new ways
(# 43)

Jo Lunn Brownlee & Professor Jennifer Sumsion


Closing Plenary

Ballroom 1 & 2


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