Researchers from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) provided a five-day Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program for Flinders Northern Territory and Centre for Remote Health (CRH) staff during February.
JBI is the international not-for-profit, research and development centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The training was provided by Medical Doctor, Public Health Specialist and Researcher, Dr Catalin Tufanarua, together with Evidence-Based Healthcare Researcher and Advocate, Zachary Munn.
A systematic review is an overview of all the available evidence about a particular medical research question. Comprehensive systematic reviews identify knowledge gaps that call for more research. The conclusions of reviews are more reliable than those of individual studies and as such are more reliable to inform public health decision making and policy development. Staff members who participated in the three modules of this training can also become Certified Reviewers.
Training in such skills will provide Flinders NT and CRH staff with connections to other researchers, research excellence and innovation. After participating in this training staff reported that they will be conducting systematic reviews to build on and develop high quality research already being carried out by our staff in the Northern Territory.