NSLHD News December 3 2021

Blueprint to strengthen research and improve care The Kolling Institute’s new

research plan has been confirmed marking an important milestone for the institute. The plan details the implementation of the institute’s five-year strategy, and will ensure the Kolling is in the best position to deliver game-changing research. Kolling Institute Acting Executive Director Professor Jim Elliott has welcomed the development of the plan, saying a robust strategic framework will help shape the future of the institute and secure its long term success. “This important roadmap will have a crucial role in increasing the impact of our research and improving health outcomes across our community,” he said. “A large number of people have shared their time and expertise to bring us to where we are today, and I would like to thank them for their commitment to the Kolling and its talented research teams.” The research plan focuses on a range of key goals, including new collaborations, additional large-scale funding and improved research outputs. There will be an emphasis too on positively impacting

Kolling Institute researchers Dr Tom Lynch and Dr Lara Bereza-Malcolm

patient care, building on our world-class science, training tomorrow’s leaders, and ensuring a collaborative working culture is day to day core business. The blueprint details a large collection of initiatives including closer ties with government, industry and consumers, and stronger collaborations across the priority research areas to attract large-scale funding. “These steps will see an increase in research translation with clearer this significant milestone, emphasising that testing and treatment is key to ending HIV. “HIV testing is easy and confidential, and an early diagnosis means a long and healthy life,” she said. “People on effective treatment can’t transmit HIV to other people, and with regular testing and early treatment, we can end HIV. “We want to encourage

said. “There will also be a focus on a strong education program, new fellowship opportunities, measures to attract top students and broader access to equipment and support. “We have a large and impressive team of researchers at the Kolling Institute, including many who are world leaders in their fields. “I’m confident this new

pipeline pathways from basic science to clinical care,” Jim strategic framework will offer crucial support to our team as they continue their life- changing work.” hIV Awareness – An early diagnosis means a long and healthy life HIV Awareness Week is celebrated in the last week

health professionals to offer HIV testing as part of routine practice, and we encourage community members to ask their doctor for a test.” Talk to your doctor or visit Clinic 16 for free and confidential HIV testing and more sexual health services. Medicare cards aren’t required. Find out more here: https://clinic16.com.au/ or here www.health.nsw.gov.au/ hiv-test.

of November and leads into World AIDS Day on 1 December.

This year World AIDS Day commemorates 40 years since the first cases of what became known as AIDS were reported in the USA. Health Promotion Officer at Clinic 16 Miriam Delailomaloma said HIV Awareness Week also honours



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