Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 14:45

My Translation Rules Awards - recognising translational research and implementation science in dietetics

On Tuesday 14th November, the 4th annual MTR awards were held at TRI, hosted by PA Hospital's Dr Ingrid Hickman. The annual “My Translation Rules” Nutrition and Dietetics Research Translation Award is a showcase and celebration of research translation in clinical dietetic practice. This event encourages practicing dietitians to critique existing research and translate findings into a clinical application within an Australian healthcare sector.

Throughout 2017, the nutrition network have been working hard developing the skills needed to conduct research projects through a state-wide webinar training program. Utilizing the skills and experience from previous winners, the training program shares case studies and provides resources and tools to participants. 

The Brisbane based event in 2017 attracted 10 presenters, over 80 attendees and 18 video conference sites linking in around the state including: 

Video Conference Sites:

  • Brisbane Allied Health Professions Office of Queensland
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Cairns and Hinterland Hospital
  • Townsville Hospital
  • Roma Hospital
  • Weipa Hospital
  • Darling Downs Hospital
  • Proserpine Hospital
  • Innisfail Hospital
  • Bunderberg Hospital
  • Caboolture Hospital
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Allied Health South Australia
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • Sunshine Coast University
  • Brighton Rehab unit
  • Wesley Hospital


Low enteral tube feeding rates in malnourished hip fracture inpatients - an epic implementation failure or best practice ? Jack Bell
Dieting, it’s not a piece of cake.  Implementing an evidence-based weight management model of care Elyssa Hughes
Establishing an evidence-based dietetic service in haemodialysis Hannah Mackay
Queensland paediatric overweight and obesity service development – the journey to creating an integrated centre of excellence Ayala Rogany
Pilot implementation of a seven day nutrition action care plan (SNAC) Carrie-Anne Lewis
Improving early oral feeding in postoperative colorectal patients Tayla Robertson
Ensuring Optimal Nutritional Management for Adult Inpatient with Inborn Errors of Metabolism Clare Kreis
When acute and chronic illness collide – improving dietetic referrals for acute renal inpatients? Paula MacDermott
An Allied Health Assistant delegation model to deliver High Protein High Energy education within an adult tertiary hospital oncology population. Jamie Feldman
Development and implementation of a Nurse led enteral feeding protocol Joanne Roddick

All participants in the 2017 event were awarded a $100 prize provided by TRI to encourage continued research and implementation science. 

Sponsors: AusHSI | Dietitian Connection | TRI | Qld Govt | Mater Health Services

Each speaker presented a 3 minute presentation summarizing a research project, undertaken within clinical practice, that could have a significant impact on hospital procedures, patient care and health outcomes. The presentations were then judged by a panel of 3 experts who picked winners in the following categories:

Prize category Sponsored by Project Eligibility Winners
Overall Winner AusHSI - Annual Registration to all 2018 AusHSI workshops (value of >$2000) All eligible – Overall best project decided by judging panel Joanne Roddick
Runner Up DNSC - 2018 DAA Conference registration All eligible Clare Kreis
Most Collaborative DNSC - Myer Voucher Project must demonstrate multi-disciplinary collaboration Ayala Rogany
Partnerships PAH Nutrition & Dietetics - Cookbook Project must demonstrate multi-site participation or partnerships with other health services, institutes or industry Clare Kreis
Education Dietitian Connection - One year subscription to DC webinar library Project must demonstrate an education component Hannah Mackay
Best New Presenter Dietitian Connection - Registration to DC 2018 Dietitians Unite Event This award is restricted to those principal entrants who have not previously presented at any research translation forum. Carrie-Anne Lewis
People’s Choice PAH Nutrition & Dietetics - Cookbook All eligible – selected by the audience Tayla Robertson

Judging Panel

Dr Kate Kynoch, Director Evidence in Practice Unit and the Qld Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery at Mater Health in Brisbane

Dr Kynoch has over 15 years clinical nursing and research experience and her role involves promoting the use of evidence in practice, including overseeing clinical policy development for the organization, and assisting clinical staff with translating research evidence into clinical care.

Dr Sonya Osborne, Senior Research Fellow AusHSI QUT

Dr Osborne has a clinical background in nursing and a high level of expertise in quality patient care, evidence-based practice, and the emerging fields of implementation and improvement science. During her 15-year career as a health researcher, Dr Osborne has worked for a number of well-respected hospitals and universities within Australia as an educator, project director and academic.

Dr Sally Eames, Clinical Evidence Development Officer in Community Indigenous and Subacute Services (CISS), Metro North HHS

Dr Eames role supports and builds capacity of clinicians to use evidence based practice (EBP) and knowledge translation (KT). After completing a PhD in stroke education, she held roles as: Senior /Advance OT in various Geriatric and Rehabilitation services; EBP Coordinator for the PAH’s OT Department; Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice (CREBP) at Bond University; and Project Lead (knowledge translation) in CISS.

Sponsors: AusHSI | Dietitian Connection | TRI Qld Govt | Mater Health Services

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2017 MTR Awards - Translation in Dietetics

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Thank you for supporting My Translation Rules for 2017.

For more information on how to work on research projects in clinical dietetics, please view the webinar series or listen to our podcasts from previous winners. 

See you in 2018!