Allied health research support and skills training via IIMPACT in health

The Allied & Scientific Health Office (ASHO) is pleased to a partner with the Innovation in IMPlementation And Clinical Translation (IIMPACT) group at the University of South Australia, supporting research skills training and capacity development.

The intent of this partnership is to increase allied health research knowledge and evidence implementation, ultimately promoting improved health service delivery and better consumer outcomes.

The partnership also aims to increase the engagement of allied health clinicians with research activities as well as boost collaboration between academics, clinicians and consumers of allied health care.

A variety of research skills training and capacity development opportunities will be made available through this partnership, including training & resources, mentoring and utilisation of students to support research.

Please email if you have any queries about research supports and training opportunities.

Initiatives to build research capacity

Research helpdesk

Are you an allied health clinician with a question about undertaking or translating research? If you have tried the online resources below and can’t find your answer – get in touch.

An email address has been created to connect clinicians with research questions to the researchers who have the answers! If you have a question about any part of the research continuum; from engaging with literature, to formulating a research question, selecting methodology, how to get your paper published or how to put someone else’s paper into practice - please contact

Mentoring opportunities

Through the IIMPACT partnership, there is an opportunity for SA Health allied health clinicians to access mentoring support from UniSA researchers, to develop the skills you need to make your research efforts a success.

Capacity for mentoring support is dependent on availability of mentors in the appropriate discipline at the time of application. Any requests unable to be matched at the time of application will be retained and contacted in the future when an appropriate mentor becomes available.

If you would like to connect with a research mentor, please complete the application form.

Training calendar 2023

 *Denotes training series, further details provided below

2023 calendar
Date Day / Time Title Presenter
19 May* (apply now) 6 month program, commencing July Training Series: Knowledge Translation: Translation of Evidence into Clinical Practice (PDF 839KB) Prof Susan Hillier
Assoc Prof Peter Hibbert
25 May Thursday, 2.00 - 5.00 pm How to Critically Appraise Research Literature (PDF 227KB) Prof Susan Hillier
14 June Wednesday, 2.00 - 5.00 pm Messaging & Measuring Value & Impact in Research Quality Improvement for Allied Health (PDF 221KB) Prof Susan Hillier
22 June Thursday, 3.00 - 5.00 pm How to Communicate with Impact (PDF 241KB) Prof Saravana Kumar
24 August Thursday, 3.00 - 5.00 pm Creating a Network or Mentorship (PDF 235KB) Prof Saravana Kumar Prof Marie Williams

Training Series

Research Plan on a Page

Weekly for 8 weeks, commencing August 2023.

The Plan on a Page series will provide clinicians with the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify a clinical challenge
  2. Formulate a research question/s
  3. Devise a basic research protocol to gather data to answer the research question
  4. Communicate the protocol in the form of a research plan, registerable protocol, or grant application.

The program will commence with a face to face session to introduce participants to each other and the program facilitators, followed by weekly face to face or ZOOM participation, as preferred by the participant.

Please e-mail to express your interest in this program.

Knowledge Translation: Translation of Evidence into Clinical Practice

Face to face at UniSA, full day plus 2 half days (July-December 2023) + Ongoing, active implementation work within participant’s health service.

This program is open by application and dates will be confirmed with participants following close of applications.

This 6-month program will equip clinicians with the basics of knowledge translation and implementation processes. The format will be a series of lecture/tutorials and online resources.

Each clinical participant or group will be assigned an implementation mentor to help coach them through the design and conduct of their project.

Expectations will be for several hours of work each week, which is woven into their clinical practice.

See the Knowledge Translation: Translation of Evidence into Clinical Practice information (PDF 839KB).

See the Translation of Evidence into Clinical Practice 2023 application form (DOCX 122KB).

Expression of interest

Expression of interest calendar
Date Day / Time Training Type Details Location / format
TBA   How to write and abstract One session EOI How to write an abstract (PDF 158KB) ZOOM
TBA   Sourcing relevant and current literature One session EOI Sourcing relevant and current literature (PDF 191) ZOOM

Online resources

A wide range of online resources are available via UniSA platforms. Click the links below to explore the topics currently available: