Dr Tamika Heiden

Dr Tamika Heiden
Dr Tamika Heiden

Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia

Dr Tamika Heiden is the Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia. She has more than a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research that began with a sports science degree and a PhD in Biomechanics. She has a certification in Knowledge Translation from the University of Toronto, and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and has a formal partnership with SickKids Hospital in Toronto.

Tamika’s national and international work brings together researchers and research users to share, create and translate knowledge for the betterment of society. She has worked with many government and non-government organisations to facilitate high-level overviews and strategic thinking, particularly relevant to the Australian research funding landscape where she gave evidence to the Senate Committee enquiry for the Medical Research Future Fund.

Tamika has shared her knowledge with a variety of audiences at conferences and symposiums, run workshops, been published in numerous professional and academic journals, and been involved in the development of Knowledge Translation strategies at the organisational and project levels.

Effective knowledge translation – collaboration for innovation

Workshop, Thursday 25 May, 1100–1230

Successful knowledge translation (KT) relies upon partnerships, collaborations and, above all, personal contact between researchers and research-users, usually from the outset, which speaks to the intensely social nature of KT. The building of genuine partnerships are key to the KT process and are strong predictors of successful outcomes and research utilisation for greater impact. In joining the true nature of science with the pragmatic nature of policy, the building of trust, respect and rapport can be “more potent than logic and more compelling than evidence” (Bowen, 2005), but this takes time, open dialogues, and the development of shared goals.

The ability to generate conversations, create interactions and partnerships within and between multidisciplinary research and stakeholder groups throughout the entire research process are integral to KT. The inclusion of a variety of stakeholders, from policymakers, planners and managers private sector industries and consumer groups within different areas of research and policy, helps to shape questions and solutions while representing the interests of research user groups. Additionally, the engagement between researchers and research user groups facilitates an understanding of each other’s environments that help the utilisation process.

This interactive workshop will delve into how we can develop and better manage our collaborations, understand the user and knowledge audience needs, and minimise translation barriers while creating research impact.