Rapid Review Topics Announced!

You will recall our call for nominations for topics for rapid reviews in rural health attracted a strong response. In consultation with key stakeholders, the 53 topics received were reviewed and grouped into themes and assessed by a panel of Spinifex Network members, resulting in 16 nominations being invited to submit an EOI to conduct a rapid review.

EOIs have now been assessed by the panel, resulting in 10 topics selected for funding. We are delighted to share with you the topics, authors and organisations of the ten successful nominations.

Please click here for Rapid Review Topics and Themes.

Rapid Review Assessment Panel – Thank you to our Members!

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our Spinifex Members who volunteered their time to assist our Spinifex Network Rapid Review Sub-Committee in assessing the 53 Rapid Review nominations. We deeply appreciate all your time and hard work. Having people with a wide variety of skills, expertise, backgrounds from different locations to assess the nominations and EOIs has resulted in a rich array of topics that will add value to rural research and service delivery.

Please click here to meet our Assessment Panel of Spinifex Members.

The 2019 symposium

Supporting rural health and medical research for a stronger and healthier rural Australia

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what is the network about?

Australia is a huge country. While 70 per cent of the population lives in cities, the other 30 per cent lives in rural and regional areas.

That 30 has markedly poorer health outcomes and there has been insufficient investment in research to improve the health of this 30 per cent of our population​. Currently the National Health and Medical Research Council only allocates 2.4 per cent towards research that specifically aims to deliver health benefits to people who live in rural or remote Australia.​

Translational research centres in Australia have brought a new opportunity to closely partner medical researchers with health services including hospitals, community and primary care​. Australia’s two NHMRC accredited Centres for Innovation in Regional Health: the Central Australia Academic Health Science Network and NSW Regional Health Partners took the initiative to organise a meeting of those working in rural research and those passionate about its importance.

The Spinifex Symposium held in Alice Springs on 12-13 November 2019 was effective in reaching consensus on the important issues and of the value of a national alliance for Rural Health and Medical Research to improve medical research outcomes and impact for rural Australia. The subsequent Spinifex Network embodies that alliance.