Biomedical Research Victoria convenes a range of unique forums that bring together Member representatives, oftentimes with others from across the sector, to enable information sharing, collaborative action and cross-disciplinary connections to achieve common goals.
Key BioMedVic forums are:
Scientific Advisory Council
Victoria’s biomedical ‘think-tank’
The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) sets BioMedVic apart from other bio-clusters around the world.
Comprising senior representatives from Member organisations and chaired by Dr Roland Scollay, the SAC meets monthly to share information, determine priorities and advance key shared initiatives. Such initiatives are delivered by the staff of BioMedVic and/or by ad hoc working groups comprising Member representatives and other stakeholders as required.
The regular SAC meetings provide a forum to develop projects and discuss key issues in a neutral environment, and as such are an important means by which BioMedVic prioritises its activities and defines key messages for collective advocacy.
Hospital Research Directors Forum
Advancing clinical and translational research
The Hospital Research Directors Forum (HRDF) was established to provide a forum for open discussion, investigation and review of the issues facing research active hospitals. Such issues include research governance, platform funding and effective translation of research findings into policy and clinical practice. Chaired by Prof Stephen Holdsworth, the HRDF focuses on the recognition and promotion of the importance of research conducted in hospitals across the state.
The group actively engages with key stakeholders and collaborators in state and federal governments and in research institutes and universities.
Victorian Clinician Researcher Network
Supporting clinician and allied health researchers
Translation of basic research findings into improved health outcomes for patients and improved clinical practice can only be delivered by qualified health personnel, such as doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. However, heavy clinical service delivery workloads, lack of funds and inconsistent institutional support for research activity make engaging in research increasingly difficult for hospital staff.
BioMedVic convenes a group of early-mid career clinician researchers to provide a voice for this group, identify obstacles and find ways to improve and facilitate clinical and translational research. Participation of staff across all research-active health services in Victoria is encouraged.
The Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) holds 2-4 forums annually on topics of relevance to clinician researchers and its activities are overseen by an Advisory Group.
Business Development Forum
Supporting commercialisation of health and biomedical research outcomes
The Business Development Forum meets to discuss and share expertise on a wide range of issues and ideas that support the commercial and business development aspects of Member activities.