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Health research making a difference to our lives: just ask Jana Pittman

Research would not rate high in the excitement list of most people, but it has the potential to make a major impact in people’s lives.

Especially research into new and better health treatments, so it was good to see that a record number of people attended this year’s Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase.

South West Sydney Local Health District director of research Les Bokey said the event highlighted the motivation, enthusiasm and commitment from clinicians, researchers and staff in finding new ways to provide care.

 “We’re driving great health care through clinical practice, education and research; we need all three to lead well,” she said.

 “I can’t curb my enthusiasm; our plans are visionary and we have gone well beyond silo mentality.”

Held at The William Inglis – MGallery by Sofitel, Warwick Farm, the two day event put a spotlight on the region as a centre of innovation, collaboration and medical advancement.

Presented by the South Western Sydney Local Health District and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, the premier event highlighted how research and innovation projects will transform health care.

Jana Pittman shared her career highlights at this year’s Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase.

 The keynote speakers, which included Olympian Jana Pittman, captivated the audience.

National Mental Health Commission chair Lucy Brogden said she was struck by the growth in Sydney’s south west, while University of Sydney Professor Iain McGregor outlined the six clinical trials under way using medicinal cannabis and plans for many more.

On day two, Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation director, Professor Evelyne de Leeuw, explored the idea of creating a healthy airport by way of bees, used to measure air pollution.

Jana Pittman, who is a final year medical student at Western Sydney University, helped the entire auditorium “feel” her win gold in the 400m hurdles at the world championships by talking them through race day.

Highlights included NSW health secretary Elizabeth Koff launching the district’s research strategy to 2023.  Professor Bokey said by using “inquiring minds”, staff were helping discover the best health care. 

“I look forward to next year’s event; 2020 will be our opportunity to take the research showcase to new heights,” he said.

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