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The HealthInfoNet's translational research aims at providing the knowledge and other information needed for practitioners and policy-makers to make informed decisions in their work.
These days, there is so much research being produced that most busy workers find it difficult to keep up to date with the latest developments in their field. Translational research is the process of taking the research produced by researchers at universities and other research organisations and summarising, or ‘translating’, it into a form that is easily understood and can be more easily applied in the workplace.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet shares information with people working and studying in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and provides up to date information on its website (www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au) in different ways, allowing people to increase their knowledge and keep up to date with what is happening. This can help speed up the process of learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and what can be done to improve health services and practices.
The HealthInfoNet provides different types of products related to translational research including:
• The Overview of Indigenous health status: an annual report that includes information on illness, hospitalisations, and deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Topics include chronic diseases (such as diabetes), social and emotional wellbeing, ear and eye health, infectious diseases (such as hepatitis), and health risk and protective factors (such as alcohol and nutrition).
• The Summary of Indigenous health status: a shorter version of the Overview.
• Health reviews: studies of health topics in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that include information on:
o health conditions and how they can be prevented and/or managed
o key developments
o policies and strategies.
• Programs and projects: information about programs or projects related to health topics including a short description, contact details for the organisation and links to any related publications.
Since 2000, to assist those working or studying in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, the HealthInfoNet has produced more than 40 overviews, summaries and reviews reporting on a wide range of health conditions affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In this way, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's translational research helps to close the gap in health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
For more information about translational research