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Sharing research

Have you just completed a research project and are looking for ways to disseminate it? Or are you interested in increasing awareness and the exchange of knowledge and new ideas? This collection provides a number of skill building how-to Guides for sharing and communicating research and knowledge to a wider audience. From peer reviewed publication through to social media and conferences, choose the format that best suits you.

Researchers are often driven by the desire to change things for the better. If you want your research to make a difference it is essential to communicate what you have learnt in order to inform implementation strategies to achieve improvements. The same is true for those not directly engaged in conducting research but collaborating to disseminate primary health care knowledge and new ideas to encourage informed practice and policy.

The avenues for disseminating such messages or knowledge are numerous, and the choice will depend on your target audience and where you are most likely to connect with them. Communicating with your peers might be achieved through publication in scientific and medical journals, or conference presentations and posters, whereas a need to connect with a broader audience of consumers and community members might call for you to engage with the media or discover social media platforms.

The following collection of Getting Started Guides provides useful information and resources to help you develop your skills in sharing and communicating your research to a wider audience.

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Introduction to... Research dissemination

Dissemination is a term meaning communication, or a flow of information from a source. This Guide explains strategies and provides useful resources for researchers.

Conference related

How to... Chair sessions

Useful tips to help you successfully chair sessions

How to... Conduct effective skill-building workshops

Learn how to conduct workshops. Covering planning, during and after the workshop.

How to... Design a great multimedia conference presentation

Providing you with guidelines to assist you with designing a great multimedia presentation

How to... Design posters for maximum impact

Providing you with tips on how to maximise the impact of your poster presentation

How to... Get the most out of conferences

Outlining ways you can enhance the experience of attending conferences

How to... Make the most of social media at conferences

Whether you are speaker, delegate, sponsor, exhibitor or event organiser, this Guide has suggestions for using social media at conferences and how to start.

How to... Oral presentations: preparation and delivery

Prepared to assist you with the planning and delivery of your next paper presentation

How to... Write great abstracts

Writing great abstracts will help the reader decide whether to read your work or attend your presentation. It is thus worth the effort to do this well. We provide tips to assist you with this exercise.

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How to... Communicate your research to decision-makers

Providing you with suggestions and resources on how to best present your research to decision-makers

How to... Engage with the media

Health and medical research are hot topics in the media. As primary health care researchers it is not only important to communicate your research to the public it is increasingly a requirement of grant funding bodies. This Getting Started Guide offers key information about engaging with the medi…

How to... Produce reader-friendly writing

Providing you with tips and resources to engage the reader and be readable

How to... Publish in Peer Review Journals

Providing you with criteria that has been developed to increase the chances of your paper being published in a peer reviewed journal

Introduction to... Consumer involvement in research

Consumer participation resource for researchers: This Guide offers reasons for and ways to involve consumers in research.

Introduction to... Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange is the dynamic process of making the best use of research evidence and knowledge to inform policy and practice. This Guide outlines key developments within the field of knowledge exchange to influence policy and inform practice in primary health care.

Introduction to... Mentoring

The Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Strategy (PHCRED) supports primary health care providers to develop high quality research and evaluation knowledge and skills. One of the many ways this is being achieved is through mentoring. This Guide lists key information about mentori…

Introduction to... Plain language

Plain language improves communication by using clear terms that are easily understood. This guide provides you with tips on using plain language to reach your audience.

Introduction to... Research impact on policy

Researchers and policy makers bring different perspectives to the policy making process. This Guide outlines some key issues for researchers to consider when influencing policy development.

Introduction to... Social media in primary health care

Clearly defines key social media terminology and introduces the main social media platforms being used in the primary health care sector to share health information. Also provides links to examples of how others are using social media to engage in health research, policy and clinical practice.