Lost in translation? 

Australian dietitians taking on the Great White North

Knowledge Translation (KT) Summer Institute, 15 – 17 June 2015, Edmonton, Canada

Knowledge translation, knowledge synthesis, knowledge exchange, knowledge diffusion, implementation science…are you hearing these terms more lately but not sure what they really mean? You may be familiar with the concept but not the new lingo – the science of getting evidence into practice is gaining momentum globally, with Canadian experts recognised as leaders in the field.

Australian Dietitians were well-represented at this year’s annual Knowledge Translation Summer Institute facilitated by KT Canada in Edmonton, 15-17 June. Accepted by competitive application to this specialist KT workshop, Dr Lauren Ball, Dr Sharleen O’Reilly and Merran Findlay were among nearly 40 participants who came together to learn from Canada’s foremost KT experts. Prof. Sharon Straus (University of Toronto) and Prof. Ian Graham (University of Ottawa) were just two of the illustrious, world-renowned senior faculty delivering elements of the institute.

As recipients of NHMRC Fellowships, Lauren (Early Career Research Fellow), Sharleen and Merran (both Translating Research Into Practice Fellows) actively participated in a dynamic and interactive 3-day program, giving the opportunity to showcase their respective translational research projects from improving lifestyle and nutrition care delivered by GPs and other primary health professionals to chronic disease prevention and optimising nutritional management for people living with head and neck cancer.

The program included: a 2-minute participant elevator pitch on their research accompanied by a poster presentation; express mentoring sessions with the KT leaders; and group KT problem-based learning activities. There was also plenty of networking time with a wide range of international KT researchers through the scheduled social program. The dietitians from Down Under definitely brought a colourful and creative contribution to a valuable and rewarding KT experience and reminded us that dietitians are capable, innovative and developing a presence on the world stage – whichever KT lingo you speak!

For more information on KT Canada, visit http://ktclearinghouse.ca/

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L to R: Merran Findlay (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), Dr Lauren Ball (Griffith University), Dr Sharleen O’Reilly (Deakin University)