The HealthInfoNet‘s translational research aims at providing the knowledge and other information needed for practitioners and policy-makers to make informed decisions in their work.
These days, there is so much research and other information being produced that most busy workers find it difficult to keep up to date with the latest developments in their field. Our work, which falls broadly in the area of implementation research, is concerned with ensuring that the results of research reaches those in the sector to inform their everyday policy and practice. This is also known as knowledge exchange research and aims to make research and other information available in a form that has immediate, practical utility for practitioners and policy-makers in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The cornerstones of effective knowledge exchange is information that is timely, accessible and relevant.
Implementation science is the process of investigating factors that affect how a new policy or intervention may be used or implemented in real-life settings . Essentially it is about getting the research rubber on the road to make a positive difference to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. For time poor health workers, this is a real and concerning issue. It has been argued that the gap between what we know and what we do is far greater than the gap between what we know and what we do not know. The HealthInfoNet is committed to closing the know do gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Our activities in this area are guided by a number of principles that ensure that we work in authentic partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other stakeholders including:
The HealthInfoNet provides different types of knowledge exchange products, tools and resources as part of our digital evolution strategy. Our digital evolution strategy recognises that users require access to information in a variety of formats that capitalise on emerging information technologies. The HealthInfoNet is primarily engaged in second and third generation knowledge production. First generation knowledge is essentially ‘hard’ scientific knowledge generally produced in the primary research phase, second generation knowledge involves a process of synthesising available knowledge on a given topic or area to distil the critically relevant information and to make it more comprehensible, while third generation knowledge refers to the knowledge tools or products designed to ensure that ideas and practices are adopted and used .
A range of knowledge exchange resources are produced as part of of our digital evolution strategy including:
Resources produced as part of our digital evolution strategy include:
Since 2000, the HealthInfoNet has produced close to 200 Knowledge exchange resources as well as 40 overviews, summaries and health topic reviews on a wide range of health conditions affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We also provide an integrated social media presence to facilitate communication and information sharing among practitioners with shared interests (known as communities of practice). Our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media platforms are integrated with our Yarning Places to provide a range of opportunities for collaboration, relationship building and information sharing.
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The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia and the Torres Strait.
We respect all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—their customs and their beliefs. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, with particular acknowledgement to the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, the Traditional Owners of the lands where our offices are located.