Delivering improvements to help our researchers succeed
In late 2018, IHMRI conducted an Affiliated Researcher Survey to measure the level of satisfaction with services provided by IHMRI, and to identify opportunities for improvement.
One hundred and seventy four researchers were invited to participate in the survey, which consisted of 15 questions on a range of matters, from planning and decision-making, to culture, services and communications. Eighty one people responded, representing a 47 per cent completion rate. In addition to the scores on each question, there were 320 comments and opinions.
The Executive Management Team would like to provide researchers with regular feedback on the initiatives that have been introduced and progress that has been made in these areas.
Top rated areas
# 1 Feeling informed and connected with IHMRI news, activities and events (Q6). 83 per cent of respondents gave the rating Excellent or Good.
# 2 Understanding the organisation’s purpose and priorities (Q2). 74 per cent of respondents gave the rating Excellent or Good.
# 3 Overall satisfaction with being affiliated with IHMRI (Q15). 73 per cent of respondents gave the rating Excellent or Good.
Areas for improvement
Question 9 of the Survey asked researchers to rate the level of awareness in the community of IHMRI and its research activities. Approximately 65 per cent of respondents felt that the current level of awareness was Fair or Poor.
To help boost engagement with external audiences, IHMRI has implemented a range of initiatives and resources.
- A Community Engagement Strategy was approved by the IHMRI Board of Directors in December 2018 as required by Priority 3 in the Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021.
- Kate Brett was appointed as a full-time Community Engagement and Events Coordinator in May 2019.
- Providing more opportunities for researchers and staff to participate in outreach activities:
For more information about how researchers can receive assistance with community outreach, email Kate Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4221 5927.
Collaboration and knowledge exchange
Question 11 of the Survey asked respondents to rate IHMRI’s provision of opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange. Approximately 47 per cent of respondents gave the rating Fair or Poor.
To help foster collaboration and knowledge exchange, IHMRI has implemented a range of events and resources to bring researchers together.
- Networking opportunities such as quarterly Research Breakfast Cafés at Wollongong Hospital and monthly IHMRI Morning Teas.
- The IHMRI Research Development Office has started specialised research collaboration meetings at Wollongong Hospital to improve research communication between academics and clinicians. The Research Development Office hosted an Antenatal meeting in April and a Neurology/Neurosurgery meeting in May. Additional workshops are scheduled for July and August.
- Dr Jean Marshall, the Research Development Coordinator, continues to be based at ISLHD’s Research Central on Wednesdays to meet with, and foster collaborations between ISLHD clinicians and academics at UOW.
- Two new dedicated meeting spaces will shortly be available in IHMRI headquarters for meetings.
For more information about how researchers can receive assistance with collaboration and knowledge exchange, email Dr Jean Marshall at email@example.com or call 4298 1213.
For more information about the 2018 Affiliated Researcher Survey, please contact:
Robert Young, Corporate Services Manager
t: 4298 1167
Top photo: Distinguished Professor David J. Adams, Kara Lamond and Professor Leonard Arnolda. Photo by Mark Newsham.