Webinar: Getting evidence into policy and practice: the Deeble Scholar perspective

Venue: Online
Date: 20 October 2021 10:30am to 20 October 2021 11:30am

What does it take to get evidence into policy and practice and what impact can this have? In this special webinar on World Evidence Based Healthcare Day, past Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research Scholars share their experience of writing a policy brief that went on to have an impact.


Dr Miia Rahja

Dr Miia Rahja is a post-doctoral Research Associate with Flinders Health and Medical research Institute. She completed her PhD in December 2019 evaluating the implementation of an evidence-based occupational therapist-delivered reablement program for people living with dementia in Australia. She now conducts research in aged and dementia care with a focus on evaluating the economic and social impacts of new program implementation. She manages two Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) initiatives (Registry and Screening and Trials) in South Australia and coordinates a randomised trial for an early intervention program for people newly diagnosed with dementia.

Dr Mikaela Jorgensen

Dr Mikaela Jorgensen is the Assistant Director of Research at the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. Prior to joining the NDIS Commission, Mikaela was stream lead of the Aged Care Evaluation and Research Team at Macquarie University, where she now holds an adjunct appointment. Mikaela has the unique combination of a background in allied health and community care, and expertise in the management and analysis of large and linked routinely-collected datasets. She is passionate about ensuring all Australians receive high quality support across the health and social care systems, and bridging the gap between research and policy and practice.

Dr Sean Docking

Dr Sean Docking is a Research Fellow at the Monash-Cabrini Department of Musculoskeletal Health and Clinical Epidemiology. Sean’s previous work has focused on the clinical utility of ultrasound for lower limb tendinopathy. His current research focuses on the utility and value of diagnostic imaging for musculoskeletal conditions, particularly the impact of inappropriate imaging on the financial and environmental sustainability of the diagnostic imaging sector. 

Samantha Prime

Samantha Prime is a Research Fellow for the University of Plymouth’s Digital Health Testbed supporting digital health innovation, implementation, and evaluation. Her role focuses on building a  strong digital health ecosystem within the South West of England, in an area of the UK that experiences a higher level of geographic isolation, with limited industry and healthcare accessibility, and overall higher deprivation.  Working with a multidisciplinary team, she supports small and medium enterprises to develop digital health technologies that align to end-user needs, local care pathways, regulatory requirements, and government strategic priority areas. A key focus of her role is to evaluate how effective and efficient technologies are at reducing burden, and improving outcomes, so they can be meaningfully adopted within the NHS.

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