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How are you going with your commitment to working more collaboratively?


Conversation Caravan was engaged by the Alfred Medical Research & Education Precinct (AMREP) to assist with the launch and revitalisation of its new brand and external identity – the Alfred Research Alliance.

One of the activities was focused on working more collaboratively.

Staff working across the precinct were asked what their commitment was to working more collaboratively within their organisations and with others on the Alfred Precinct Site.

A total of 382 internal staff members were engaged across the four days. A higher proportion of participants were researchers (38%), however the remaining participation was spread evenly across students (23%), medical (21%) and corporate staff (18%).

Here are their awesome responses and ideas!

We asked:

What is your commitment to working more collaboratively within your organisation and with others on the Alfred Precinct site?

They said:

“Be brave and believe in myself”
• Offer a talk/seminar and informal approach to what our lab does.
• Learn to value my own contribution to research and clinical outcomes.
• Apply for a grant.
• Share skills and challenges with people in similar roles at other organisations.
• Talking to everyone in the lift, seeking new projects from a cross discipline perspective/team.
• Organise events and invite other organisations.
• Build strong relationships with community groups/organisations.
• Building relationships with education-based stakeholders.
• Continue to discuss and present research within and outside of organisation (nursing alliance).

“Help my team or others build their career”
• Informing myself about available resources to share with others including students.
• Supporting everyone in order to ensure our practice is inclusive and holistic.
• To inspire others to achieve their goals within research.
• Supporting those around me to achieve their goals.
• Encouraging nurses to think about their practice and improvements that can form basis of research questions.
• Funding for staff social events in each workplace.
• Educate youth with experience-based knowledge and incorporate real world hands on experience.
• Opportunity for funding and small grants access for supervisors and students.
• Facilitating research to all staff members of our unit.

“I am going to network more”
• Learn more about the different organisations and the people who work in them.
• Make an effort to network with other people across the precinct.
• Network more so I know who is onsite and who is working on areas in my field and the gaps that need to be filled.
• Try to be more open with get to know new people even when I am a new staff member struggling to fit into the team.
• Networking and developing relationships.

“Share my work and learning with others”
• Engaging with as many people as possible, sharing science.
• Speak more about studies and projects.
• Engage more students to give them the experience and also to get more research done.
• When we get a bequest, we share the success of how it was obtained and how it is being used.
• Bringing the learning back into my work and team.

“Work and collaborate across the precinct”
• Do projects between Baker and the hospital (draw more people into my projects).
• Start a conversation with my manager about setting up a Fundraising Committee across the precinct.
• Work with colleagues to continue start-up of the Emergency Research Group embed collaboration across this group (Journal Group that reviews research).
• Collaborate interstate with other Skin Burns finding opportunities for PhD students across campus.
• Continue to facilitate clinical trials (IVGR tests and trials) collaborate with teams within the Baker.
• Work collaboratively with precinct partners (e.g joint fundraising campaign to support the Alliance activities and shared resources.

“Communicate and engage more”
• Reaching out to all colleagues, better communication.
• Communication and helping others.
• Working better with front line staff through internal communications to help staff to do their job better and making community aware of us.
• Being engaged with other lab’s research outcomes and aims.
• Communicate more to understand end user requirements.
• Developing skills to improve communication in a team/improve team work.
• Share information within departments across Alfred to learn and educate, gain knowledge from others start to use social media with help!
• Contact point for channelling information.

“Make an effort to attend things onsite and in my field”
• Making an effort to talk to more researchers and going to talks outside of my fields of expertise.
• Participating in more broad-based educational qualifications not just role related.
• Always being ready to participate.
• Being part of all activities and being more proactive.
• Pursue opportunities to know about and attend events at the precinct.
• Try to chat to people and engage with various things that are happening.
• Attending seminars, conferences and networking.

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