Pre & Post Symposium Events

Pre Symposium Workshop

The importance of user involvement when justifying new research

Monday 26th November 2018

Room 1060, Abercrombie Business School, University of Sydney

The Pre-conference workshop will be held by Malcolm MacLeod (Professor of Neurology and Translational Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK), Matt Westmore (Operations Director NIHR, UK), Jennifer Yost (Associate Professor, Villanova University, USA) and Hans Lund (Professor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway) on behalf of the “Evidence-Based Research Network”.

“Justifying new research is part of the movement to minimize waste in research. We have called this approach an “Evidence-Based Research” approach and you can find more about this on the website:, and in the BMJ paper from 2016: Lund H, et al. Towards evidence based research. BMJ. 2016;355:i5440. Anyone can participate in this workshop but it would be particularly relevant for clinical researchers who would like to / already involve end-users in their research and/or are end-users themselves.

The overall aim of the workshop is to discuss how involvement of end-users in research practice could justify new research, and thus reduce waste in research.

Two questions will be discussed during the workshop:

  1. What are the risks of not involving end-users in identifying and prioritizing research questions?
  2. How to reconcile end-users perspectives with results from systematic reviews when justifying new research questions?

Pre Symposium Workshop

Approaches to Data Quality Assurance in Australia

Monday 26th November 2018, 1pm-5pm

Mercure Hotel, 818-820 George Street, Sydney

This workshop, held by the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), will be about informing AHRA strategy: Data quality assurance and standardisation of primary care datasets.

In the interactive workshop, AHRA research led by The Melbourne Academic Centre for Health shall report on:

  • Primary care datasets available in Australia
  • Quality frameworks currently utilised to assess primary care datasets
  • Enablers and barriers to maximising the effectiveness of strategies to build benefit and capacity of general practice data.

To attend, please RSVP with your name and contact details to by Wednesday 21 November. Places are limited. At this stage the workshop is only open to AHRA members.

Post Symposium Summit

Thursday 29th and 30th November 2018

The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance will be holding their annual summit straight after the Symposium at the same venue. The ACTA Summit 2018 is precisely focussed on investigator-initiated, clinician-led clinical trials’ sector opportunities, challenges and expansion. Further information regarding the Summit is available here.

If you are interested and would like to register, please select the link below:

  • Key Dates

  • Early bird Registration Deadline 26 October 2018
  • Symposium 27-28 November 2018


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