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Exploring Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice

What is knowledge translation?

Australia is currently producing research at unprecedented rates, and our health systems and services cannot keep up with integrating research findings. Improvement initiatives are often slow and inconsistent, and so, health services are not always providing high quality, evidence-based care.

The Exploring Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice program will give you the skills and knowledge to navigate the latest research evidence, critically evaluate current practices, and lead the implementation of an improvement plan. Designed as a series of four professional development courses, the program will guide you through identifying knowledge practice gaps and effectively engaging and influencing stakeholders to effect positive change in your organisation.

You will learn from Professor Sharon Mickan, the inaugural head of program for healthcare innovations at Bond University, who has a wealth of experience teaching and researching about knowledge translation.

All courses are available online at any time via our high-quality learner platform. The self-paced delivery gives you the flexibility to work around your other commitments. Upon successful completion of each course, you will receive a digital Certificate of Achievement in recognition of your new competencies.

Meet your course instructor

Sharon Mickan

  • Level 4, Building 5, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University
  • [email protected]

Professor Sharon Mickan has a wealth of experience teaching and researching about knowledge translation. As the inaugural head of program for healthcare innovations, she has led the introduction of an interdisciplinary program between the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Bond Business School at Bond University. Sharon was previously Professor of Allied Health at Gold Coast Health and Griffith University, and a course director of the Master in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Oxford.

Sharon is experienced in co-designing, organising and evaluating clinical and implementation research that improves healthcare culture and practice. She works with individual clinicians, teams and organisations to facilitate and support knowledge translation projects. She integrates evidence informed practice with innovation and design thinking to achieve sustainable clinical improvements.

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What is Knowledge Translation?

Hear from course instructor, Professor Sharon Mickan.

  • Upon successful completion of each course, you will receive a digital Certificate of Achievement in recognition of your new competencies.

  • As a manager or team leader, we appreciate that you value continuous professional development for all healthcare professionals. We recognise the importance of convenient, relevant and timely learning opportunities.

    The Exploring Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice series of microcredential courses will benefit you and your team by: 

    • Accelerating the speed in which new research knowledge is spread throughout your organisation to drive practical improvements
    • Empowering and engaging staff with knowledge and strategies to apply health research findings to improve current practice

    Download the Exploring Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice Information Flyer to share with your manager or team.

As a manager or team leader, we appreciate that you value continuous professional development for all healthcare professionals. We recognise the importance of convenient, relevant and timely learning opportunities.

The Exploring Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice series of microcredential courses will benefit you and your team by: 

  • Accelerating the speed in which new research knowledge is spread throughout your organisation to drive practical improvements
  • Empowering and engaging staff with knowledge and strategies to apply health research findings to improve current practice

Download the Exploring Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice Information Flyer to share with your manager or team.

Course structure

Course 1: Introducing Knowledge Translation

This course will introduce you to the theory and process of knowledge translation. You will learn the purpose and definitions of knowledge translation and how it compares to quality improvement activities.

By the end of this course, you will be able to identify and measure knowledge practice gaps in your workplace, find current research evidence, and form an improvement plan to transform knowledge into action.

This course is available to the professional health community, free of charge.

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Course 2: Identifying and Analysing your Stakeholders

When tackling issues within your organisation, strategically engaging and communicating with stakeholders is critical to success.

This course will help you identify key stakeholders, understand their motivations and perceived barriers, and analyse their positional power and influence. In addition, you will learn about key behavioural theories to help you design effective interventions to drive stakeholder behaviour change.

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Course 3: Designing Implementation Strategies

This third course will guide you through the next phase in the Knowledge Translation process: designing implementation strategies.

You will learn how to apply behavioural theories and implementation science frameworks to identify effective implementation strategies. You will then be given practical steps to engage key stakeholders to co-design and customise the implementation strategies to support your improvement goal.

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Course 4: Monitoring Implementation Plans

This final course will guide you to identify strategies to measure individual and organisational changes. You will learn about data collection and analysis tools and understand the role of stakeholders in identifying the best and most practical ones to use. You will also learn to distinguish between monitoring and evaluation strategies and be guided to build a plan that includes both.

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Hear from our learners

  • I took this course because I felt a lot of research, by myself and others, identified areas where practice could be improved but didn’t result in meaningful changes. This course showed that this is an issue across healthcare and provided a great overview of obstacles preventing research from changing practice. More than this, the knowledge-to-action framework the course is centred around provides a great tool to help researchers and practitioners alike to bridge this gap, and I am looking forward to using it in the future!

    James Todd, Assistant Professor - Data Analytics
  • Completing this course has enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of what knowledge translation is and how it differs from the quality improvement projects I’ve been involved in as a clinician. I now feel more confident to apply the principles of planned-action frameworks and behaviour change theories to my future projects. Finally, I’ve learned that prior to making any changes aimed at improving practice, it is essential to identify and liaise with key stakeholders and discuss and address any potential barriers and facilitators to change. I look forward to using the knowledge and skills I have obtained from this course to translate key learnings from my research to support health promotion practice within the school setting.

    Kirstin Macdonald - Physiotherapist and researcher
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