“Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) Showcases Innovation and Collaboration in ACT Health Sector”

ACT, Australia

The annual Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) kicked off this week, gathering researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and industry leaders to explore and demonstrate the contributions of research to a learning health system in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). This year’s event, held at Canberra Hospital and the University of Canberra, will showcase groundbreaking research in nursing, midwifery, allied health, and population health, among other areas.

A highlight of the event is the participation of researchers supported by the ACT Government’s $1 million Research and Innovation Fund Fellowship Program. This initiative aims to assist early-mid career researchers employed in the ACT health system, fostering a new generation of healthcare innovators.

Keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Kuhn, Associate Professor in Nursing at the Australian Catholic University, will address the importance of research in healthcare, emphasizing its role as a core component of healthcare practice. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, from problematic smartphone use in young adults to bone stress injuries in classical ballet.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith highlighted the event’s role in supporting the ACT’s health system to become a learning health system. She emphasized the importance of building collaborative relationships between research institutes, tertiary education, and health service sectors.

CHARM is an integral part of the Better Together: A strategic plan for research in the ACT health system 2022-2030, which aims to deliver world-leading healthcare through research, policy, practice, and education. The event underscores the ACT’s commitment to creating a health system that is fit for the future and attracts talented staff to Canberra, ultimately providing better health care to the community.

For more information, visit the CHARM webpage at .