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Research conducted with policy partners can have a greater chance of impacting on policies, programs and services.

But how do early career researchers build these partnerships? How do they manage and sustain them? And how do they get their research findings known and used?

Our skills-based training course has been developed to address these questions. It draws on the expertise of senior policy makers and researchers to help early career researchers build the skills required to initiate and sustain research partnerships with policy makers.

It will teach practical skills such as:

  • How to understand policy priorities, policy realities and the policy environment
  • How to embark on a new policy relationship, get new policy partners on board, and build your partnership skills
  • How to frame your research idea for a policy audience
  • How to lay the foundations for co-production
  • How to establish the right governance framework for your collaborative project
  • How to engage policy makers with your research findings.

Who should attend?

Early career researchers with significant research expertise, typically at post-doctorate level or with equivalent experience. Suited to applicants who are interested in influencing health or social policy by working in partnership with decision makers.

About the presenters

The course will share insights from leading Australian experts on their research-policy partnership endeavours. It features senior policy makers and researchers with experience in partnership research and experienced communications specialists. Our sessions include:

Associate Professor Sarah Thackway

Associate Professor Thackway is Executive Director, Epidemiology and Evidence at NSW Health, and Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of NSW. She has more than 25 years’ experience in public health across the policy, front-line and research sectors. Associate Professor Thackway’s interests include cross-agency data linkage, systems development to measure the effective roll-out of interventions, improving data literacy, optimising the NSW investment in public health research, and supporting innovative ways to improve the use of research in the policy process.

Associate Professor Mary Haines

Associate Professor Haines has 20 years of senior experience across government, corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors, with expertise in health research, evaluation and translational initiatives. Mary has held senior executive service and Board positions in the NSW Government, and serves as board member of Sydney Local Health District. Mary is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute.

Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider

Carmen Huckel Schneider is Adviser, Knowledge Exchange at the Sax Institute; Senior Lecturer and Director, Master of Health Policy at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney; and co-leader of the Health Governance and Financing Group at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. She is a health systems and governance researcher with over 10 years’ experience in knowledge exchange, transitional health and health policy education.

Hugo Wilcken

Mr Wilcken is the Acting Chief Communications Officer at the Sax Institute. Mr Wilcken has a strong background in medical and health journalism in both France and Australia. Most recently, Mr Wilcken was the online editor with the Australasian Medical Publishing Company, which publishes the Medical Journal of Australia, and features writer with Australian Doctor.

The course is facilitated by Ms Sian Rudge, Head of the Evidence for Action Division at the Sax Institute.