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

Pre-conference Workshops
Tuesday 16 September, Sheraton on the Park

Research integration AND implementation

Professor Gabriele Bammer
Time: 9.00am-12.30pm

Cost: $210 per person (includes lunch served 12.30-1.30pm)
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This is a workshop for research leaders and senior researchers whose investigations focus on complex real-world problems in health, education, well-being and related areas. This workshop will provide a framework to design research integration and implementation, as well as opportunities for participants to reflect on current research approaches and ways to build on them. The workshop provides an environment and structure where participants can interact with each other to share skills, concepts and methods, as well as building new strategies for their own work.

The framework systematically covers:

  • Synthesizing knowledge from different disciplines and stakeholders
  • Understanding and managing diverse unknowns
  • Providing research support for policy and practice change with attention to
  • Systems thinking and modeling
  • Dialogue methods
  • Approaches for taking risk, uncertainty and other unknowns into account
  • Theories about policy making to enhance effective implementation

The workshop is underpinned by the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences
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User-centered design for psychosocial intervention development and implementation

Dr Aaron Lyon
Time: 9.00am-12.30pm

Cost: $210 per person (includes lunch served 12.30-1.30pm)
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Structured, evidence-based psychosocial interventions have rapidly proliferated as the primary medium through which research is translated into practice in mental health, but their large-scale dissemination and implementation remains limited. At their core, evidence-based interventions (EBI) should be considered products intended for a range of different types of users. Users may include the service providers, service recipients, administrators, and policy makers who interact with a product and make decisions about its adoption at different system levels. Unfortunately, the incorporation of user perspectives has generally been lacking at all phases of the intervention development, testing, and dissemination pipeline, resulting in less “usable” interventions. Problematic EBI design and redesign processes have inhibited both the effectiveness and large-scale implementation of our best interventions. The transdisciplinary field of user-centered design offers principles and targeted procedures intended to make products more accessible and appealing, and to improve their effectiveness over time.

This workshop will provide an overview and application of key concepts and processes, drawn from the design field, to EBI development and implementation with the goal of improving the accessibility, efficiency, and effectiveness of evidence-based mental health services.

Developing the enabling context for mainstreaming evidence in complex service systems

Dr Allison Metz
Time: 1.30-5.00pm

Cost: $210 per person (includes lunch served 12.30-1.30pm)
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This workshop describes a case study of scaling-up evidence-based and evidence-informed practices in a complex and large service system.  This workshop will focus on the transformative and incremental changes implementation architects and service providers have made to support the use of evidence in practice in a dynamic service environment. The workshop will capture the story of this system’s evolution toward the use of evidence in practice highlighting several key areas:

  • Identifying appropriate and feasible interventions and practices to meet the diverse needs of children and families
  • Using policy to practice feedback loops to provide a more hospitable policy, funding, and regulatory environment for effective implementation of evidence-based programs
  • Identifying the roles and functions of key stakeholders in co-creating the infrastructure necessary for the sustainable implementation of a wide range of evidence-based and promising programs
  • Supporting the public agency in developing an enabling context for evidence to be integrated into the service delivery system
  • Supporting services providers with a range of capacities to use evidence

Building impact with knowledge translation and implementation: A practical approach to bridging the know-do gap

Dr Melanie Barwick
Time: 1.30-5.00pm

Cost: $210 per person (includes lunch served 12.30-1.30pm)
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The workshop is designed as a practical primer for knowledge translation and implementation of evidence, translating the concepts, strategies, processes, and tools we utilize in Canada to Australian and European contexts in which KT as both essential and scholarly work (i.e., Research Evaluation Framework, Impact) is emerging as important within universities and other organizations.  We will review concepts, frameworks, KT and implementation strategies and innovations, KT planning, and KT evaluation, including practical tools and resources. The content is modified from the highly subscribed and well regarded Scientist Knowledge Translation Training course TM which has been offered across Canada, the US, and the UK to over 1600 participants since it was developed in 2004-2007. 

The intended audience for this workshop includes researchers across disciplines and sectors who wish to learn about KT and implementation and incorporate this skill set into their work – to improve their success with grants (funders are increasingly looking for KT to be incorporated within the proposal), to improve their research outcomes and deliverables, and to carve out and evaluate their pathway for demonstrating impact for the REF and/or for promotion.  The workshop is also aimed at individuals working in Knowledge Translation Practitioner roles (however titled), both within and outside of academia.

This is a very practice-oriented course that covers:
1. Utility of KT, for researchers, KT practitioners, clinician-scientists, decision-makers
2. KT strategies (old and innovative) and their evidence base
3. Developing a KT plan (practical, hands-on approach with tools)

Learning Objectives:
Module 1

  1. Describe why KT is important and how KT is relevant to your work;
  2. Recognize terms related to KT and Implementation and identify their meaning;
  3. Identify KT frameworks and understand their utility in the real world;
  4. Recognize how knowledge translation differs from implementation;
  5. Plan how to track your KT (and community-engaged) endeavors for demonstrating impact (REF, promotion or recognition);

Module 2

  1. Identify core components of a KT plan;
  2. Identify evidence-based KT strategies;
  3. Identify indicators for evaluating KT goals (e.g., did your KT strategies lead to achieving your KT goals?);
  4. Develop a KT plan using the KT Planning Template©  (NOTE: there will be insufficient time to develop your own KT plan but you will leave the workshop with the skills to do so; practice opportunity will be provided through the KT GameTM exercise).

Latest News

View Video Recordings online here

View slides from the keynote and oral presenters

View recording from the 29 April 2014 Webinar with Bianca Albers – "Implementation in a changing world"

View slides from the 02 May 2012 Webinar with Dr Robyn Mildon – Why Implementation Matters which was broadcast to over 200 people around Australia.



Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers

Major Partner

Family & Community Services



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