Allied and scientific health research and evidence informed practice

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) support excellence in allied health research and translation to clinical practice, which is crucial to delivering quality, sustainable health care and evidence-informed practice to South Australians.

Current initiatives

Further information

Further information on evidence based practice is also available on the Standards and guidelines page.

Clinical Excellence: Strategic Directions for Building Allied Health Research and Translation Capacity

The Clinical Excellence: Strategic Directions for Building Allied Health Research and Translation Capacity paper aims to embed and sustain clinical research and the translation of research directly into clinical practice, as recognised components of core business at all levels of allied health. This facilitates improved health care and health outcomes for individuals and the population. This strategy is aligned with the Research Focus 2020 and SA Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 to 2025. The strategy aims to:

  • Influence and guide allied health directors, line managers, heads of departments and staff in the clinical application of research and evidence-informed practice;
  • Co-ordinate and integrate research structures and systems and promote the application of allied health research to clinical practice; and
  • Promote clinical research excellence as a driver of better health and better health care for all South Australians.

The discussion document Clinical Excellence, Developing Strategic Directions to Build Allied Health Research and Translation Capacity (PDF1MB) written in consultation with the Allied Health Research Reference Group is now available.

Allied Health Research Collaboration Funding

In 2020 and 2021 the University of South Australia (UniSA) and The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) provided research grant funding, in collaboration with the Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) for eligible Allied Health Professionals to undertake clinically focussed collaborative research projects.

A total of 14 projects were funded under this program across 2020 and 2021. For further information about this program, or to learn more about the funded projects please contact