IHT offers up to $5000 funding to members to:

  • Engage potential partners
  • Deepen existing relationships
  • Establish a collaboration
  • Explore partnership ideas with stakeholder groups
  • Seek input from stakeholders on potential research projects relevant to the challenges they face
  • Work with partners to develop a big bid (i.e. NHMRC Partnership or ARC Linkage Grant)
  • Plan expansion of partnership related activity
  • Explore long term implementation and scale opportunities for existing research programs with industry partners

Applications are open all year, but get in quick before all the funds are used!

Contact IHT’s Strategic Programs Manager, Amy Brown, for more information or to discuss your idea, and check out information on the IHT Members Portal.

How has the funding been used in the past?

Dr Adam Searby from QPS was able to support a large number of nurses from Barwon Health to participate in the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) Forum. The event provided capacity building and networking opportunities to deepen existing relationships with the health service, as well as extend the nursing research relationship and capacity for mental health nursing research between Barwon Health and Deakin University. Check out a story about his event here: Events | Institute for Health Transformation (deakin.edu.au)

Dr Louisa Smith from DoH took advantage of a conference where world leading experts were gathering and ran a workshop with a range of partners that focussed on Developing Models of Care for LGBTIQ+ people living with dementia. The workshop discussions were captured using a graphic illustrator which turned a potential “talk-fest” into a multi-sensory and engaging experience, with an accessible and inclusive record of the discussion. The workshop helped Louisa strengthen existing partnerships and form new ones, and establish a community of practice to ensure work would continue on the development of a suitable model of care. View the graphic recording.

Jane Speight and the ACBRD team launched their international consensus report and kicked off a series of events around the world on World Diabetes Day to promote the Pledge to End Diabetes Stigma. The event shone a light on the problem of diabetes stigma locally, nationally, and internationally, and reinforced ACBRD (and Deakin University) as world-leaders in diabetes stigma research. It also increased attention on the issue of, and commitment to pro-actively bring an end to, diabetes stigma and discrimination. The event brought several consensus panel members to Melbourne, providing opportunity to hold a subsequent workshop to discuss next steps, how to sustain momentum of the end diabetes stigma movement, and translate the Pledge to action. The workshop, in addition to discussions at and around the event, generated a list of opportunities to continue the work, build on existing partnerships, and potentially establish new relationships between ACBRD (IHT) with organisations that have taken the Pledge.

The team from GLOBE welcomed over 80 guests, including international and national partners, WHO and UNICEF representatives, and IHT members to its 20-year anniversary celebration as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention. The event solidified the partnership between GLOBE and WHO and UNICEF and informed ideas for the next application for WHO CC renewal and the formation of a Long Term Agreement with UNICEF EAPRO (both being sustainable models of partnership). Check out a story about this event here: 20 years of impact: a journey of collaboration with the World Health Organization | Institute for Health Transformation (deakin.edu.au)

Testimonials – what past recipients have said about the value of the funding:

“Having the IHT partnership event funding supported me to pay a graphic recorder to record the partner discussions. This lifted the event from being a talkfest, to being a creative multi-sensory event with a knowledge exchange artifact at the end. Sharing the graphic recorded slides with the partners who attended has help solidify the group and given us a stronger sense of shared identity and purpose.”

“A global launch of our international consensus report and the pledge on World Diabetes Day was an important activity for the purposes of spreading the message to End Diabetes Stigma. It also represented an important opportunity to demonstrate the ACBRD’s role in this community-led initiative. As this was a unique event, we had no specific funding to support it. The partnership event funding was hugely beneficial in covering a significant proportion of the main costs of the event. We were able to leverage this to encourage Diabetes Victoria to match the support as a partner on the event. Diabetes Victoria matched the financial support offered by IHT with in-kind support in preparing audiovisual materials, for use at the event and to promote the event. They also designed and paid for printing of some physical materials, i.e. badges and flyers given to attendees, and the lectern signage and the #EndDiabetesStigma neon sign, both used on stage at the event.”

“Having the Partnership funding available enabled GLOBE to run a seamless event with the added assistance of IHT staff, Amy and Kate. With the funding, the event had extra polish and professionalism.”

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