KERTI—a national knowledge exchange network
The use of relevant evidence to inform policy and practice is an intricate science as well as an art. Effective researchers and research users (from policy makers to consumer representatives) have a systems view that understands that research is only part of the answer to complex health issues. They continually seek to enhance their practice in knowledge exchange, translation and implementation.
KERTI can help. The KERTI network is a supportive, informal national network of people with a shared vision of improving primary health care policy and practice through routine application of relevant research. The network name acknowledges the fundamental elements of research application—knowledge exchange (KE), research translation (RT), and implementation (I)—KERTI. The purpose of KERTI is to share learnings, identify mutual priorities, test innovation in the field and build the capacity of researchers as well as research users. Importantly, it seeks to cultivate a systems wide knowledge exchange culture that values multi-level engagement between policy, management, practice, research and consumer perspectives. Central to this culture is an attitude or mindset that views research as a resource to be utilised.
Delegates attending the PHC Research Conference to be held in Adelaide (29-31 July) are welcome to attend the KERTI breakfast workshop on Friday 31 July. Professor Karen Reynolds, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Flinders University will share insights into her approaches and successful strategies. Panellists: Janet Quigley, Assistant Secretary, Taskforces Branch, Health Systems Policy, Australian Government Department of Health; Michael Cousins, Chief Executive of Health Consumers Alliance of SA; and John Furler, a GP at the North Richmond Community Care (also Principal Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne), will explore system barriers and facilitators to effective research utilisation. Small group discussion will allow participants to discuss their strategies and share learnings on leadership, collaborations and innovations.
The next opportunity to participate in a KERTI workshop will be in Sydney in October as part of the 4th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to contribute to the expanding KERTI network community of solutions and help enhance the utilisation of research to improve primary health care outcomes.
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