Bio Innovation SA
Bio Innovation SA was established in June 2001 to accelerate development of South Australia's bioscience sector. Its mission is the enable the creation of 50 new bioscience companies and 2500 jobs by 2010. Bio Innovation SA works with the bioscience community using a synergistic approach to industry development focussing on a range of commercial activities.
Bio Innovation SA offers high level business development advice, assistance with managing and leveraging government grants, assistance with funding, infrastructure development support, marketing and communication services. Bio Innovation SA also implements many unique initiatives to encourage collaboration within the bioscience community.
- Jurgen Michaelis (biotechnology, developing bioscience industry in South Australia)
Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)
DECD purpose is to engage every child and student so that they achieve the highest possible level of learning and wellbeing, through quality care and teaching. In order to do this, DECD is developing its understanding of connecting roles and interdependencies throughout the organisation.
- Janine Harvey (general wellbeing, health physical and mental, child protection)
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Science Outside the Square is an initiative of the South Australian Government, working in collaboration with leading scientific organisations with a series of science-themed events designed to increase accessibility of science to the South Australian community. These events aim to provide a platform for informed public debate and discourse about contemporary scientific issues that affect the community.
Flinders Aboriginal Health Research Unit (FAHRU)
A large multidisciplinary network of Flinders University researchers and their partners working in the areas of social and emotional wellbeing, health services and systems, workforce development, social determinants of health, complex chronic conditions, injury and violence, infectious disease and consequences, health indicators and trends.
- Inge Kowanko (social and emotional wellbeing, holistic care, primary health care, mental health)
Novita Children's Services
Novita Children's Services is the main provider of therapy and family support services to children, aged 0-18 years, with physical or multiple disability living in South Australia. Novita has demonstrated a commitment to research for many years as an essential part of providing quality services to people with disabilities.
Research at Novita is conducted within two streams:
1. Research and Development Department - NovitaTech
Established in 1996, the Department conducts leading edge research in the Rehabilitation Engineering field. It aims to maximise the usefulness and relevance of technology in the lives of people of all ages who have a disability by conducting meaningful research and product development.
2. Clinical Research Department - Novita Children's Services
The Clinical Research Department was established in 1999, as the first clinical research department within a disability organisation in Australia. It conducts and evaluates research to ensure effective assessments, interventions and support are provided to clients and families.
(paediatric disability, participation of children with disabilities in the community, quality of life, evidence-based practice, augmentative and alternative communication)
Perinatal Research Centre
Started in 1991, the Centre is a broad-based, multi-focal Research Centre with representation from several disciplines and faculties including Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine & Nursing. Specifically designed to bridge basic medical science with clinical investigation, development, follow-up and family studies it forms the most comprehensive approach to perinatal science in Canada. The Centre's mission is to discover the causes and cures of perinatal illness, to train scientists and practitioners in perinatal science and to encourage research which promotes the health of women and their infants.
- David Olson (preterm birth, prostaglandins, uterine tissues, lung development, fetal development)
Siblings Australia Inc.
Siblings Australia is a unique national organisation committed to enhancing the wellbeing of the siblings of children with disabilities and chronic illness. Siblings Australia aims to give siblings a voice and the knowledge that they
are not alone; to give their families and supporters a better idea of how they
can help; and to raise the issue of sibling needs wherever and whenever we
can. The aims are to: Increase awareness amongst parents, siblings and service providers, of the concerns of siblings of children with special needs. Increase the provision of services to families and, in particular, siblings. Improve networking opportunities for families and siblings to support each other. Increase the opportunities for service providers to network and share/improve their skills in supporting siblings. Enhance the inclusion of sibling support as part of ‘core business’ of relevant organisations.
- Kate Strohm (siblings of children with special needs, child health, psychology, families, disability)