Dr Liz Cyarto believes you need to ‘use it or lose it’. This means using the wisest combination of physical, mental and social strategies for healthy ageing. She has committed her life and scholarship to ensuring that people know how to maintain their wellbeing so they can flourish. Liz earned her PhD from the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland. She was awarded three prestigious scholarships and her thesis was selected for the Dean’s Commendation List for Outstanding PhD. Before moving to Australia, she managed the national delivery of exercise leadership courses at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging. Liz’s 20 years of activity and aging expertise includes: training non-traditional exercise program leaders, how to stay healthy and independent, and physical activity measurement. Liz embedded her Have A Try exercise program in culturally diverse community groups by training peer leaders to ensure program sustainability. Her leadership on the online Healthy Ageing Quiz means seniors around the world can assess their current habits to make better lifestyle choices. Liz’s actionable insights have been shared with older people and aged care professionals in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, and North America. Liz is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Bolton Clarke Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, focussing her work on the transfer and exchange of healthy aging knowledge.
From Evidence to Action: Knowledge translation for best practice service delivery
Knowledge translation (KT) has become the “holy grail” for research organizations, with more than 10 years of international attention focussed on KT, with limited progress.
A potential barrier is the many frameworks that have been developed under which sit a plethora of theories and models. Some frameworks are quite complex and many have not been empirically tested. Over 100 different theories are reportedly being used across a range of disciplines, including health behaviour, organizational studies, sociology, and business. The challenge of selecting from this vast array has likely led to the underuse, superficial use and misuse of implementation theories.
Bolton Clarke is Australia’s largest non-faith based aged care provider in Australia, delivering services to over 23,000 people every day of the year. It operates across the residential and health care services continuum, including personal care and domestic support, chronic disease management, sub-acute care and hospital substitution. Bolton Clarke provides services based on individual needs with the aim of improving health, wellbeing and independence. The Bolton Clarke Research Institute studies issues in primary, community and aged healthcare to support the aims of the organisation.
The Bolton Clarke Research Institute Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) program was designed for communicating health services research into tangible deliverables that shape the social and health services provided by Bolton Clarke and can also influence outside services and policy makers from regional to international locations. The KTE program comprises activities that are undertaken to develop, implement and communicate the Institute’s research projects and findings.
The five-question framework by Lavis et al. underpins the Institute’s KTE strategy:
- What should be transferred?
- To whom should research knowledge be transferred?
- By whom should research knowledge be transferred?
- How should research knowledge be transferred?
- With what effect should research knowledge be transferred?
The KTE program activities ensure that research findings flow from researchers to practitioners/policy-makers (knowledge transfer), and that relevant knowledge flow between and among researchers and practitioners/policy-makers (knowledge exchange).
This presentation will showcase the methods and activities the Research Institute implements to achieve the greatest KTE, drawing upon examples of current projects on Diversity and understanding the health and wellbeing needs of older women living alone.