Clinical Theme Workshops
Our intent is to bring together researchers, clinicians, health and infrastructure providers, industry, government and community groups from across Australia to strategically address the big challenges in Cardiovascular disease. The ACvA is calling on its members to come together in a series of workshops to propose solutions that address the unmet needs that will make a measurable difference to CV health.
We propose to use a fast and agile approach to identify research-based solutions that can be used to develop major funding proposals and promote collaborations across institutions, industry and philanthropic organisations. Initial priorities will be developed for Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure, Arrythmias, Stroke and Hypertension. We anticipate additional themes will be developed in the future. The framework for the prioritisation process has been modelled on the successful NIHR-BHF Cardiovascular Partnership framework for Covid-19 research  and a corporate workshop process  (Sprint). An important step will be to identify champion(s) in each clinical theme. The champions will play a key leadership role through all phases and will be critical to the success of the process. To ensure transparency, diversity and inclusiveness we will use an EOI process. As part of the EOI call, participants will be asked to consider the top three priorities/unmet needs in a clinical theme that could be addressed through an ambitious, national, collaborative research program.
Phase one – Sprint Workshops
Workshop 1: Sprint-to-Research Priorities Workshop.
A half day workshop will be held to brainstorm and identify the top research priorities for each clinical theme. Pre-work will involve collation of initial priorities (submitted via the EOI process) based on best available evidence and expertise. These will be synthesised into presentations (with help from identified workshop participants) and discussed for feasibility, capability, impact and measurability, and ranked against the same criteria. We will also seek involvement from consumers, industry experts, partners, health system and government representatives. The two key outcomes of the first workshop meeting will be identification of (i) the unmet clinical needs that we as a community should address, and (ii) the champion(s) who will lead development of each theme.
Workshop 2: Sprint-to-Solutions Workshops.
- Workshop to discuss and identify research-based pathways that provide solutions for addressing the priorities identified in workshop 1. These workshops will be led by the theme Champions with the support of an external moderator. An EOI will be used to call for attendees. High-level solutions will be mapped out for each clinical theme – outlining what is required to get where we need to be. We will also seek involvement from consumers, industry experts, partners, health system and government representatives.
- Smaller follow up meetings will be held to further develop funding proposals and scope funding avenues. These meetings would also have input from consumers, philanthropy and industry experts to ensure the proposals are suitable for philanthropic and industry/corporate funders.
Phase two: Seek funding for proposals.
Funding strategies will be developed in parallel with the workshops, and working towards partnering with potential fundraisers and administrators such as the National Heart Foundation and the Stroke Foundation as well as Industry and Government including exploring new future fellowships to support the clinical themes. Approaches for funding may varying depending on the proposed solutions e.g., health technology versus a therapeutic approach.
Expressions of Interest
The Expression of Interest to attend the first Sprint-to-Research Priorities Workshop can be found HERE.
Participants will be asked to consider the top three priorities/unmet needs in a clinical theme that could be addressed through an ambitious national collaborative research program. The priorities will be collated into presentations at the Sprint-to-Research Priorities Workshop and discussed for feasibility, capability, impact and measurability, and ranked agains the same criteria. Even if you cannot attend the workshop, we would value your input.
The EOI will close COB Tuesday 14 September 2021.
If you have further questions on the Workshops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.