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An introduction to implementation science

By Associate Professor Carmel Loughland, Acting Director, Everymind

As an organisation dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide, implementation science and knowledge translation are building blocks for all the work we do at Everymind.

Put simply, implementation science seeks to determine if the methods, guidelines and interventions used will achieve the desired outcome.

Often described as the bridge between theory and practice, implementation can make the difference between success and failure for interventions.

For Everymind as an institute, this is about understanding how we can best prevent mental-ill health and suicidal behaviour for vulnerable individuals.

What is exciting about this process is that implementation science is concerned with how a systematic and scientific approach to the way we interpret and apply the evidence or findings from research, can actually prompt practice change and consequently contribute to shifting public policy.

To learn more about this powerful tool, Everymind has invited internationally renowned implementation science and knowledge translation expert Dr Melanie Barwick to present on how implementation science can be used to strengthen the transition from research to outcomes.

Dr Barwick will deliver a public lecture for the community as part of the Trevor Waring Memorial Expert in Residence series, which aims to foster knowledge sharing around best practice in mental ill-health and suicide prevention.

The Trevor Waring Memorial Lecture will be delivered on Tuesday, 4 February and Dr Barwick will share key learnings and guidance around how our emerging research and academic leaders can continue to design, deliver and translate knowledge and evidence into effective, impactful interventions.

As someone who has been immersed in research and academia for the best part of 30 years, I’m I know that many of our colleagues use implementation science and knowledge translation concepts on a daily basis.

Although the concept is familiar to many researchers, clinicians, students and academics, it’s worth pausing and considering, what can we do better to support work that aims to improve outcomes across health and public health settings?

At the end of the day, the reason why I do the work I do, and the reason why Everymind does the work it does, is to support vulnerable individuals through evidence-informed interventions that generate a meaningful and positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

At HNE Health, we are dedicated to delivering evidence-informed interventions with the overall goal of improving population health.

I would like to encourage each and every one of us to stop and consider how we do this and how we can work together to make our efforts even more productive.

Please come along and learn about this and more at the event with Dr Barwick in February.

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Published: 22 January 2020