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Type: Journal article
Title: Academic health science centres as vehicles for knowledge mobilisation in Australia? A qualitative study
Author: Edelman, A.
Clay-Williams, R.
Fischer, M.
Kislov, R.
Kitson, A.
McLoughlin, I.
Skouteris, H.
Harvey, G.
Citation: International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2022; 11(6):840-846
Publisher: Kerman University of Medical Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
ISSN: 2322-5939
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Alexandra Edelman, Robyn Clay-Williams, Michael Fischer, Roman Kislov, Alison Kitson, Ian McLoughlin, Helen Skouteris, Gillian Harvey
Abstract: Background: Despite increasing investments in academic health science centres (AHSCs) in Australia and an expectation that they will serve as vehicles for knowledge translation and exchange, there is limited empirical evidence on whether and how they deliver impact. The aim of this study was to examine and compare the early development of four Australian AHSCs to explore how they are enacting their impact-focused role. Methods: A descriptive qualitative methodology was employed across four AHSCs located in diverse health system settings in urban and regional locations across Australia. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews with 15 academic, industry and executive board members of participating AHSCs. The analysis combined inductive and deductive elements, with inductive categories mapped to deductive themes corresponding to the study aims. Results: AHSCs in Australia are in an emergent state of development and are following different pathways. Whilst varied approaches to support research translation are apparent, there is a dominant focus on structure and governance, as opposed to action-oriented roles and processes to deliver strategic goals. Balancing collaboration and competition between partners presents a challenge, as does identifying appropriate ways to evaluate impact. Conclusion: The early stage of development of AHSCs in Australia presents an important opportunity for formative learning and evaluation to optimise their enactment of knowledge mobilisation processes for impact.
Keywords: Academic health centre; knowledge mobilisation; research translation; research impact; Australia
Description: Vol.11(6) pp 840-846
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s); Published by Kerman University of Medical Sciences. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.34172/ijhpm.2020.247
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