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Implementation of innovations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Implementation phase 1

Australia spends a lot of money developing and testing medicines, technologies, systems and new ways of doing things to improve health care and health outcomes. But we spend very little on developing or testing methods for implementing all these evidence-based products.

The Implementation of Innovations project included 4 major parts:

What is implementation?

Why is implementation important?

What do we know about implementation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health?

In terms of an evidence base, not a lot. A recent review found only 14 studies published between 1992 and 2011 that evaluated or described the transfer and implementation of promising programs or innovations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (McCalman et al. 2012). But the nature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care means that lots of people are doing implementation all the time. Some people and organisations do it very well; others struggle.

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Project leader

Dr Kate Silburn

Ms Jenny Brands

Administering institution:

Menzies School of Health Research

Completion date:

May 2013