Research Capability Building

With support from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Western Alliance is excited to have now commenced our centrepiece research capability building program, known as STaRR (Supporting Translation of Research in Rural and Regional areas). STaRR was informed by the results of a comprehensive scoping exercise, which included a realist synthesis literature review and the Victorian Rural/Regional Research Training Needs Project. The STaRR approach builds on the support from our Research Translation Coordinator positions, and includes a range of translation-focussed research training activities and resources, as well as support for organisation research planning. As part of the STaRR training component, 30 research mentors have been identified across the region and are participating in Knowledge Translation training via a series of online workshops. Throughout 2021, comprehensive training will be available for emerging researchers (supported by our mentors) and health managers and leaders.

An overview of the STaRR program can be found below, with further details and Expressions of Interest for specific initiatives to be available in early 2021.