HiPPP EMR-C April Showcase

Michelle Putt Uncategorised

The value of building and nurturing research connections was one of the key takeaways at the HiPPP EMR-C‘s April Showcase.

The session featured three of last year’s HiPPP EMR-C International Award winners, Ms Seonad Madden, Dr Siew Lim and Dr Jenna Hollis, whose passion and enthusiasm for their chosen fields shone through in their presentations.

First to present was Ms Madden on ‘Understanding the pathways between work and health outcomes for preconception, pregnant and postpartum women’. Ms Madden received the 2023  International Award for Best publication for a postgraduate student. Armed with anecdotes of her own personal experience of juggling the return to the workforce and maintaining an exercise routine as a parent, Ms Madden made the comment that sometimes, “the system is the problem”.

Her paper identified a number of factors that could encourage and enable women to have better health outcomes once returning to work, such as availability of private breastfeeding spaces, childcare options, and workplace dynamics that support women during these life stages.

Dr Lim, 2023 award winner of Best publication for an EMRC and for outstanding stakeholder or consumer collaboration, used her presentation to highlight the benefits of collaboration and partnerships in research. Dr Lim highlighted three distinct projects where she had fostered connections across the globe with like-minded researchers and consumers, which has in turn helped boost her own skills and capabilities, whilst working for the greater good of improving the health and wellbeing of mothers with young children, and those with a history of gestational diabetes.

Continuing on the theme of building connections, Dr Jenna Hollis, who received the Outstanding international collaboration award in 2023, gave her insights on the power of collaboration – an ECRs journey to bring Healthy Conversation Skills training to Australia. “Don’t underestimate the power of a single conversation,” Dr Hollis said, as she shared her experience of building the Healthy Conversation Skills program here in Australia, through her collaboration with Wendy Lawrence, Associate Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Dr Hollis’ key takeaways included how to identify potential collaborators, and build and nurture a trusted, ‘mutual benefit’ relationship over time. She described her journey of growing the Healthy Conversation Skills program from an initial pilot to larger research project, which now includes new collaborations across many parts of Australia and Singapore.

Read her published papers, The impact of Healthy Conversation Skills training on health professionals’ barriers to having behaviour change conversations: a pre-post survey using the Theoretical Domains Framework, and Evaluating a train-the-trainer model for scaling-up Healthy Conversation Skills training: A pre-post survey using the Theoretical Domains Framework.