“Research gives us the latest evidence for best practise and improves health equity, leading to better patient outcomes.” – Policy project working group chair Professor Christina Mitchell
Welcome to our August newsletter. In this edition:
- Have your say on research in healthcare
- Victorian LACS symposium recap
- Meet our new mentees
- Academy Mentorship Program
- NSW Life as a Clinician-Scientist symposium
- Policy update
- Fellows in the news
The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences has launched a project to improve healthcare for Australians by better enabling research to be conducted within the health system. Help us build a robust understanding of the current issues and opportunities in the healthcare and research sector by sharing your experiences via an online survey. Your perspectives will inform AAHMS’ major policy project, which will result in a strategy to guide research in healthcare, resulting in better integration and patient care and outcomes. Find out more on the AAHMS website.
Meet our mentees
The Academy has welcomed eight new mentees to our Mentorship Program. These rising stars in the health and medical sciences come from a diverse range of specialties, including ethics, osteo-arthritis and immunobiology.
Academy Mentorship Program
Applications are currently open for the next round of mentees. Both mentees and mentors speak highly of this program, which pairs early-to-mid career researchers with appropriate Fellows for guidance on a wide range of matters. Mentees also attend an annual workshop to hone their skills, and contribute to Academy activities. Find out more about the program online.
Victorian Life as a Clinician-Scientist symposium
“I think the very best doctors are also researchers, thinking constantly of what is important for patient care and ensuring sound evidence-based best practice for their patients,” Professor Kathyrn North AC advised the audience at our 6th Victorian Life as a Clinician-Scientist (LACS) symposium on 31 July 2021. Read a recap of the event, including advice from leading clinician-scientists, on our website.
Online Life as a Clinician-Scientist event
The next LACS symposium will be held online over two mornings on 4 and 11 September. Registrations are now open. This is a great opportunity for junior doctors, medical students, or young researchers to learn more about this exciting career path.
Fellow Professor Carolyn Sue represented the Academy at a Senate Committee hearing on Mitochondrial Donation Law Reform on 6 August. AAHMS and the Academy of Science provided a joint submission in response to a call for feedback on “Maeve’s Bill”, which, if passed, would allow for further research and clinical application of mitochondrial donation. The Academies joint submission can be read online, and the Hansard of the Senate Committee hearing is also available online.
The Academy responded to the NHMRC consultation on the draft guide for Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs), which accompanies the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research (2018). Read the full submission online.