My name is Cylie Williams, I’m an Australian paediatric podiatrist and researcher from Monash University and Peninsula Health. I have been excitedly following the progress of Great Foundations from afar.
In November, I was lucky enough to see some of the project work up close. Through funding from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Early Career Research Fellowship and a Monash University Advancing Women’s Research Grant, I made the long trip from Melbourne, Australia, over to the Eastbourne Campus of the University of Brighton. Here was I greeted with fabulous hospitality from the team in the form of a welcome cup of tea, fruit scone and a wealth of interesting opportunities for collaboration.
Over the three weeks in the UK, I spent time with the University of Brighton team exploring the differences in children’s podiatry services, knowledge and prospects between Australia and the UK. I ran a workshop at the Leaf Hospital with a fabulous group of podiatry students and gave an evening lecture to local podiatrists and physiotherapists. This evening session was streamed live on the University of Brighton Facebook site and attracted over 3.1K views (glad I didn’t know this at the time I was talking).
Australia is pretty warm at this time of year but I packed my winter woolies and even managed a little down time in the local area. While I’m sure this is nothing to locals, the stunning murmuration of starlings off Brighton pier was truly one of the highlights to my trip.
The team took me on a trek up Beachy Head. All the while, discussing how the information learned through the Great Foundations projects can take the leap and bound directly the practice of practicing health professionals and health professionals in training. Like the paths up on the head, there are many paths to getting the message out after research.
Researchers like to label everything, and these paths in research are known as “Research Translation”. Translation ensures that what researchers find out about children’s foot development, quickly makes its way to those who are leaders in foot health, parents are able to access this information and children ultimately benefits. Over the coming months, health professionals and educators will see information coming out to you from the team and we hope that you will actively take part and engage.
I’m now back in very warm Melbourne and am grateful to all in the UK, and especially Stewart, Juliet, Lisa and Mat at the University of Brighton, for a truly memorable trip. I’m really looking forward to coming back.