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    28 Mar 2013
    The role of an educator in translational research

    Improving Translation of Research Evidence into Clinical Practices –
    Professor Keith Hill

    Professor Keith Hill, an established educator, researcher and Allied Health expert was in town last week for the 3rd SGH Postgraduate Allied Health Institute (PGAHI) Faculty Retreat and Educators’ Forum, held in partnership with AM•EI.

    He is a physiotherapist with more than 30 years of clinical and research experience in the areas of gerontology, rehabilitation, exercise/physical activity and falls prevention.

    Professor Hill is currently head of the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University and has published over 135 research papers. He is also a member of the PGAHI Advisory Board.

    Through a series of talks and forums over the week, Professor Hill shared with our educators on topics that include falls prevention in the community, educational leadership and the educator’s role in improving the translation of research evidence into clinical practices.

    He also spoke about how clinicians and educators can be involved in developing a research culture in an Academic Healthcare Cluster.

    According to Professor Hill, a research is only successful if results are shared with practicising clinicians and implemented for the benefit of our patients.

    This exemplifies the importance of an educator’s role and the success of research translation, notwithstanding that there may also be other factors that influence, such as funding, the clinicians’ skills and knowledge in implementing the results of a successful research and the various barriers between settings.

    Principal Physiotherapist Dr. Ong Hwee Kuan from SGH, who attended the educators’ forum, recalled how her team had recently conducted a sharing session with an inter-disciplinary Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) team following a talk by Prof John Kress, a TDF overseas visiting expert on the benefits of early ICU rehabilitation.

    The session was attended by MICU consultants, nursing managers and respiratory therapists, with more such sessions in the pipeline. This is one example of how educators can leverage on the success of research studies and help implement evidence-based changes in a clinical setting to optimise patient outcomes.

    The partnership between AM•EI and PGAHI is part of an ongoing effort to encourage inter-professional learning among our healthcare professionals.

    Learn more about AM•EI here.

    Stay tuned for more interesting courses coming your way!


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