Impacts on policy and practice
One of the aims of the Telethon Institute is to improve the health of all children by translating research outcomes to influence public health policy.
The impact that the Telethon Institute, its research and its
researchers has had on policy and practice in the last decade has
Our researchers are passionate about their research and value the practical application of this research into policy and practice. Across all areas of research there is an understanding and commitment to incorporate translation strategies within research projects.
The need for the nurturing of formal and informal connections and networks between researchers, policy makers, practitioners is recognised and although is successful in some research areas, there are still challenges to be overcome in order for the Institute to make a bigger difference in this area.
The Telethon Institute established the Collaboration for Applied Research and Evaluation, which is a measure of our commitment to translation and demonstrates significant potential for even more success to be had in the area of research translation in the years to come.
Some examples of successful translation include:
- Mandatory fortification of breadmaking flour with folate to prevent neural tube defects
- Developmental Pathways Project
- Development of a world first system for predicting the severity of asthma in young children.
- Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer
- Juvenile Diabetes DNA database
- Positive Parenting Program
- Swimming Pools Project
- Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey (WAACHS)
- Newborn Hearing Screening
- Advisory Council on the Prevention of Deaths of Children and Young People
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