Allied health research support and skills training via IIMPACT in health

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) is pleased to a partner with the Innovation in IMPlementation and Clinical Translation (IIMPACT) group at the University of South Australia, supporting research skills training and capacity development.

The intent of this partnership is to increase allied health research knowledge and evidence implementation, ultimately promoting improved health service delivery and better consumer outcomes.

The partnership also aims to increase the engagement of allied health clinicians with research activities as well as boost collaboration between academics, clinicians and consumers of allied health care.

A variety of research skills training and capacity development opportunities will be made available through this partnership, including training and resources, mentoring and utilisation of students to support research.

Please email Allied and Scientific Health Office if you have any questions about research supports and training opportunities.

Initiatives to build research capacity

Research helpdesk

Are you an allied health clinician with a question about undertaking or translating research? If you have tried the online resources below and can’t find your answer – get in touch.

An email address has been created to connect clinicians with research questions to the researchers who have the answers! If you have a question about any part of the research continuum; from engaging with literature, to formulating a research question, selecting methodology, how to get your paper published or how to put someone else’s paper into practice please contact

Mentoring opportunities

Through the IIMPACT partnership, there is an opportunity for SA Health allied health clinicians to access mentoring support from UniSA researchers, to develop the skills you need to make your research efforts a success.

Capacity for mentoring support is dependent on availability of mentors in the appropriate discipline at the time of application. Any requests unable to be matched at the time of application will be retained and contacted in the future when an appropriate mentor becomes available.

If you would like to connect with a research mentor, please complete the application form.

2024 training calendar

Expression of interest calendar
Date Day and time Title Presenter
25 July 2024 3:00 pm -5:00 pm How to write and publish a paper (PDF 266KB) Professor Saravana Kumar
7 August 2024 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm How to run a focus group (PDF 208KB) Dr Carolyn Murray
6 August - 24 September 2024 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Training Series - Research Plan on a Page (PDF 190KB) Professor Susan Hillier
21 August 2024 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm How to write a grant application (PDF 220KB) Professor Susan Hillier
28 August 2024 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm How to analyse qualitative data (PDF 204KB) Dr Carolyn Murray
5 September 2024 3:00 pm -5:00 pm How to communicate with impact – oral presentation (PDF 241KB) Professor Saravana Kumar
12 September 2024 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm How to engage with media (PDF 226KB) Professor Saravana Kumar
24 October 2024 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm How to create a Research Network/Mentorship (PDF 226KB) Professor Saravana Kumar Professor Marie Williams
6 November 2024 2:00 pm - 5.00 pm Messaging & Measuring Value & Impact  Professor Susan Hillier F2F – Location TBC

Training series

Statistics Masterclass Series

Weekly for eight weeks (21 February – 10 April 2024), the Statistics Masterclass Series (PDF 234KB) will provide clinicians with the skills and knowledge to:

  1. To introduce concepts on measurement and statistics
  2. To showcase commonly utilised statistical concepts in health
  3. To provide strategies on utilising the best statistical approaches for allied health

The program will be held online via Zoom, combination of didactic presentation, individual activity, and reflection/feedback to the wider group. The sessions will be recorded and sent out to all those who have registered upon conclusion.

Research Plan on a Page

Weekly for eight weeks (Tuesday 20 February - 9 April 2024), the Plan on a Page series (PDF 190KB) will provide clinicians with the skills and knowledge to:

  1. identify a clinical challenge
  2. formulate a research question/s
  3. devise a basic research protocol to gather data to answer the research question
  4. communicate the protocol in the form of a research plan, registerable protocol, or grant application.

The program includes a face-to-face session to introduce participants to each other and the program facilitators, followed by weekly face to face or ZOOM participation, as preferred by the participant.

Knowledge Translation: Translation of Evidence into Clinical Practice

This 9-month program (26 June, 9 August and 9 May 2025) will equip clinicians with the basics of knowledge translation and implementation processes (PDF 839KB). The format will be a series of lecture/tutorials and online resources.

Each clinical participant or group will be assigned an implementation mentor to help coach them through the design and conduct of their project.

Expectations will be for several hours of work each week, which is woven into their clinical practice.

To apply complete the Knowledge Translation: Translation of Evidence into Clinical Practice application form (PDF 839KB). Applications close Friday 14th June 2024.

Please contact Tracy Jones via if you would like further information about these programs, or to express your interest for the 2024 intakes.

Expression of interest

Expression of interest calendar
Training Type Details Location / format
How to write and abstract One session EOI How to write an abstract (PDF 158KB) ZOOM
Sourcing relevant and current literature One session EOI Sourcing relevant and current literature (PDF 191) ZOOM

Online resources

A wide range of online resources are available via UniSA platforms. Click the links below to explore the topics currently available: