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2015 program now live!

Welcome to the Cancer Institute NSW Community of Practice in Implementation Science. We have been busy launching the community and have a number of new activities for you to join including:

  • Webinar series starting off with "what is implementation science?"
  • Our inaugural journal club
Please don't forget to forward this newsletter to your colleagues. Looking forward to your participation and feedback this year.


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#1 December 2014

Who's Who? - Dr Melanie Lovell


Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

Project Spotlight - HCRA Implementation Flagship Program


Save the Date!



  • 26th March @ 8am - "What is implementation science and how does it relate to quality improvement" with Professor Tim Shaw and Carrie Marr. Read more below or Register now
Journal Club
  • 20th April @ 10am - Join our inaugural journal club  to be held at the University of Sydney or by teleconference. Journal club is open to all for networking and to discuss the latest global papers in Implementation Science. Read more below or Register now

Updates from the Community of Practice

Quick Membership survey

Help us get to know our membership - who you are, what your background and areas of interest are and how the community of practice can best assist you.

We would appreciate a quick minute of your time to help shape the direction of the community of practice. This will be the first snapshot taken of members working within the T3 space across all the TCRCs of NSW and will assist with creating unique opportunities for you, including networking meetings, educational activities including webinars and workshops, the online resource website, and anything else you would like to see from us.

Please click the link below to complete the quick survey now - many thanks for your time.
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Upcoming events

The community of practice joins members within T3 across the Translational Cancer Research Centres of NSW to increase your knowledge and skills, gain access to collaborative opportunities and to support a network of scientists and clinicians involved in implementation science.

To this end we are in the process of creating some great tools to benefit you including:

Webinar series

We are developing a schedule of exciting webinars to run over the next few months which will be presented by experts across implementation science. Key topic areas from the CoP curriculum will be covered and registration is open to all. The webinar program is kicking off with:

  • 26th March @ 8am - "What is implementation science and how does it relate to quality improvement" with Professor Tim Shaw, Director Research in Implementation Science and eHealth, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, and Carrie Marr, Executive Director Organisational Effectiveness for Western Sydney Local Health District. Register now

    An introductory webinar demystifying the terminology, concepts and interlinkages of implementation science and T3 research with quality improvement and how they impact clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.

Further webinars are being developed and will be advertised in newsletters and by email as they are confirmed.

Webinars will be recorded and will be made available for later viewing by email, in future newsletters and on the online resources hub.
Journal club

Looking to join a journal club to discuss the latest global publications? The Community of Practice Jounnal Club is your chance to network with like minded people from across NSW and to discover new approaches within implementation science research.

Our first journal club will be hosted by Dr Nicole Rankin, Translational Research Fellow for T2/T3 research at Sydney Catalyst on Monday 20th April @ 10am at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus. Teleconferencing will also be available to those who cannot join us in Sydney. Register here

Registered participants will receive the journal article by email so please make sure you've read this prior to attending the journal club. Refreshments will be provided.


Across 2015 we will host hands on workshops led and presented by a number of the TCRCs featuring concept development workshops, abstract presentations, case studies and networking opportunities. Events will feature international expert speakers who will bring their perspectives and knowledge in translational research to us.


Dates are yet to be finalised but will be published with plenty of notice. Please keep a lookout for invitations 

Online resources hub - coming soon!

We are currently building an implementation science resources website where you can find links to useful journals, key events and opportunities in implementation science. You'll find links to recordings of our webinar series, our newsletters, and the community of practice member directory.

The online hub is currently under development so watch out for our launch announcement soon!

Project Spotlight -  HCRA Implementation Flagship Program 

The Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA) has recently formed the Implementation Flagship Program in 2014 with funding from the CINSW TCRC initiative. The HCRA Implementation Flagship Program aims to advance the implementation and evaluation of strategies designed to reduce the evidence-practice gaps in cancer care and improve patient outcomes. Oversight of the Implementation Flagship Program is the responsibility of the Implementation Steering Committee, led by A/Prof Jarad Martin (Chair) and A/Prof Anthony Proietto (Acting Deputy Chair). 


The Implementation Flagship Program has recently invested a total of over $150,000 in seed funding grants across University of Newcastle, HMRI and HNE Health research groups. This funding initiative is the programs first step towards boosting local capacity in implementation science, enhancing researcher collaboration and engaging teams of clinicians and researchers in implementation projects.  A secondary objective of this initiative is to provide support to HCRA members in applying for future nationally competitive grant schemes (e.g. NHMRC).

Seven (7) Pilot/ ‘Proof of Concept’ projects and two (2) Literature Reviews will be conducted in 2015. Each project will foster collaborative, multi-disciplinary research partnerships across the Hunter region, aiming to identify and address evidence-practice gaps across a variety of cancer care areas of interest including: smoking cessation; decision-making aids for patients and support persons; psychosocial care and patient-centred communication; improving routine care practices; and guideline adherence. Each funded project was subject to a competitive selection process by a peer-review committee.

HCRA looks forward to working with our local researchers, clinicians and health service managers to support these projects as we endeavour to enhance translational research capacity across the Hunter region, reduce the evidence-practice gaps and ultimately work towards improving patient outcomes.

Click here to view the full list of HCRA funded projects and investigator teams.  Back to Top 

PhD Scholarships - HCRA Implementation Program

The Centre for Cancer at Newcastle University currently is advertising a number of PhD Scholarships in Implementation Science. To read more about these opportunities please visit the Centre for Cancer listings here.

Who’s who in Implementation Science?

Dr Melanie Lovell 

Dr Melanie Lovell is a Palliative Medicine physician with HammondCare at Greenwich Hospital and the Mater in Sydney. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Sydney Medical School. She was awarded her PhD in 2009 entitled Cancer Pain Education for Patients. Melanie is a representative of Sydney Vital TCRC with the Community of Practice in implementation science.

Dr Lovell’s interest in implementation research was triggered by the persisting evidence-practice gap in pain management. She was Chair of the National Pain Summit’s Cancer Pain and Palliative Care working group which identified the need for an Australian Cancer Pain guideline. She has led the Working Party, with support from ImPaCCT (the NSW Palliative Care trials group) to develop and pilot test the National Cancer Pain Management guideline housed on the Cancer Council Australia website. This has involved a rigorous research program both in evaluation of the evidence, survey of the national need, and piloting of the guideline.
In order to develop the implementation toolkit for the guideline, Dr Lovell’s team undertook process mapping and environmental scanning to assess the barriers and facilitators to implementation of the guideline. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has recently granted funding to undertake a randomised controlled trial of the guideline and implementation strategies evaluating impacts of patient pain, caregiver and health economic outcomes.

The Stop Cancer PAIN Trial will test a suite of implementation strategies, including an audit and feedback mechanism, health professional education, and patient-held resources aimed at helping patients take an active role in self-management and care coordination and advocate for person-centred evidence-based care from their medical team. The trial will use a stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled design wherein participating services will take turns in introducing the strategies so that outcomes can be compared before and after the change in practice.

During an initial ‘control’ phase, clinical teams will not be given full details of the intervention but services will be equipped with an electronic or paper-based system for screening patients for pain. During a training phase, designated ‘champions’ and staff at each centre will attend workshops to learn how to tailor implementation strategies to their centre’s needs. In the intervention phase, services will be given procedures to feedback screening results to medical teams prior to consultation, and the implementation strategies will be put in place. Screening tools and patient-held resources will be translated to support communication by non-English speaking patients, who are at special risk for poor outcomes. The study will pay special attention to the influence of service and patient variables and relationship between processes of care and outcomes to inform further development of the intervention and tailoring to different services.

Dr Lovell’s other research interests include clinical trials in palliative care and spirituality. She is on the Trials Management Committee of the Palliative Care Clinical Trials Collaborative (PaCCSC) and ImPaCCT and is Site Investigator at Greenwich for clinical trials investigating better ways to assess and manage symptoms experienced by people with advanced disease. Back to Top 

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

Foundation Director of the Australian Institute for Health Innovation and
Director of the Centre for Clinical Governance. Leading health services and systems researcher, Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is a prominent Australian figure in the field of Implementation Science.

Jeffrey, who is the Foundation Director of the Australian Institute for Health Innovation and Director of the Centre for Clinical Governance, both originally at UNSW Australia, is widely recognised for bringing management and leadership concepts into the clinical arena.  Jeffrey is one of the Translational Cancer Research Network’s (TCRN) representatives in the CINSW TCRC Implementation Research Group and serves as a member of the editorial board of the journal Implementation Science.

Jeffrey’s research interests are many and varied, broadly encompassing patient safety, quality of care, health systems, clinical governance, health services management, health services research, health policy and population health. His research about organisational, social and team approaches to care has raised the importance of these both in Australia and internationally.
Jeffrey’s extensive expertise in the inherently cross-disciplinary field of implementation science is demonstrated by his impressive publication record (more than 400 refereed contributions, and 600 total publications). He publishes in leading journals in three convergent fields and in so doing, presents his work at a unique intersection of organisational studies, health services research and clinical care. With an impressive international reputation for his work investigating and contributing to systems improvement, Jeffrey has been instrumental in developing theories and ideas that are now in common use as a result of his work.

In addition to his research, Jeffrey has also demonstrated his excellence in education, with high-level teaching experience both at home and abroad, supervising many successful PhD candidates and teaching coursework to Masters students. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards including the 2004 UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and again in 2013 from the Vice-Chancellor, this time for research student supervision.

Another recent challenge for Jeffrey was the relocation of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) from UNSW Australia to the newly established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University, which took place in January 2015.                                     
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Contribute to future editions

If you have a great idea for what you'd like to see included in future newsletters we welcome your suggestions. This might include:
  • future events in implementation including regional activities,
  • nominations for features on early career and high profile researchers or projects in implementation science,
  • new ideas on how we can collaborate or engage on research, or
  • opportunities to develop research skills, or suggested education topics.

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