Webinar Series

Welcome to the TAAHC Communities of Interest Webinar series for 2023!

On the last Wednesday of each month, join us for an engaging hour to learn about the research being conducted in our patch and by our northern colleagues. Some of the topics lined up for this year include innovative research in digital health technologies, reproductive health and informed decision making, models of care for chronic disease management, how to involve publics and patients in research from inception, and how research is translated to clinical practice.

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You can view recordings of our previous webinars on the TAAHC Youtube channel.

2023 Webinars

Wednesday March 29th 1-2pm AEST

Improving women's health services

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Improving women’s health services during pregnancy and after birth is critical for maternal and child well-being. This webinar brings together two programs of research at the pointy ends of this continuum. Hear how research evidence on best-practices during pregnancy and after birth demonstrate possible pathways for practice changes. Continuous improvement approaches can implement practice changes and improve service delivery for women. Join Cate, Shayema and Kendall to learn more!


Professor Cate Nagle has a conjoint appointment between Townsville Hospital and Health Service and James Cook University.  Cate holds numerous State and National leadership positions in midwifery, nursing and women’s health influencing policy development, practice and education.

Speaker 1

Title: Improvement of pregnant women's healthcare services in Timor-Leste using Continuous Quality Improvement approach by midwives

Presenter: Shayema is a Public Health Physician with more than 10 years’ experience in healthcare, especially in maternal and child health services. She worked in several Health Ministries (Timor-Leste, Bangladesh); UN organizations (UNICEF Timor-Leste, UNICEF Bangladesh, UNFPA Bangladesh) and in Sydney Children's Hospital Network as a Global Health Technical officer. While working in Timor-Leste for over 3 years, Shayema provided support for formulating policy and implementing various healthcare programs.

What will I learn? You will gain an understanding of gaps in quality service delivery for pregnant women’s healthcare in a low-resource, pacific setting. You will learn how a continuous quality improvement approach may improve women’s experiences and hear how several factors impact research implementation in this setting.

Speaker 2

Title: Symptoms of depression in parents after discharge from NICU associated with family-centred care. A multicentre cohort study

Presenter: Dr Kendall George is the Director of Midwifery at Townsville Hospital and Health Service and holds an adjunct Assoc Professor position at James Cook University. Kendall has worked in a variety of roles across her career as a midwife and previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Sunshine Coast University. Kendall is passionate about enhancing the interprofessional maternity care team partnership and improving women’s experiences of maternity care.

What will I learn? Learn about key factors associated with parent’s positive perception of family centred care and what neonatal units can do to enhance mental wellbeing of parents of preterm infants. Learnings from the research team involved in the multicentre cohort study involving 23 NICUs across 15 countries will also be shared.

Wednesday February 22nd 1-2pm AEST
Translating research into practice to improve health outcomes

There is a time lag between effective health research and changes in health practice. Without specific translation (implementation) strategies the average gap between research and practice change is 17 years, with translation strategies it’s 3 years.

Join Rae Thomas, Ben Glenwright and Sally West to hear about what research translation means and how Ben and Sally are using these techniques to improve the health of Queenslanders.

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Title: What is research translation and why does it matter?

Presenter: Rae Thomas is an Associate Professor in Evidence-Based Practice and Research Education Lead for the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. She is passionate about reducing the gap between research evidence and clinical practice. Rae works with HHS staff to improve their understanding of research, how they conduct research, and how they translate their research knowledge into practice.

What will I learn? What research translation is and how using established methods of implementation science improves your chances of creating practice change. 

Title: TRIP journey: QI to PhD

Presenter: Ben Glenwright is a senior physiotherapist in acute orthopaedics at Cairns Hospital. He has 14 years’ experience practicing as a physiotherapist, mostly in acute hospital ward-based work. Hi is a buddying early career clinician researcher having commenced his MPhil in 2020 and recently upgraded to a PhD at the beginning of 2023. 

What will I learn? How the many pathways into research as a clinician. How a clinician has translated research into practice, and how the journey of research translation is just as important as the destination. 

Title: PARIS Remote:  Implementation of nasal high flow therapy in a remote context.

Presenter: Sally West is a Registered Nurse and has worked clinically in rural and remote communities for the past 10 years with a particular interest in reducing health discrepancies between remote populations versus urban populations. She is a PHD candidate at James Cook University (JCU) and a COHORT member with JCU.  Her current research is evaluating the implementation of Nasal High Flow Therapy in the remote context and translating the evidence for this therapy into a remote context. 

What will I learn? How a clinician researcher in Weipa has used implementation science to implementation nasal high flow therapy for children with respiratory disease in three remote health services (Thursday Island, Weipa, Cooktown). 

2022 Webinars

See here for details of the 2022 webinar series.