VV-Representative in Australia and New Zealand
Dr Heiden has more than a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research, and is one of only a small number of individuals in Australia certified in Knowledge Translation, which facilitates the creation of relevant research and the delivery of findings through changes in practice, programs and policy.
Now based in Melbourne, Tamika is the Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia, a Consulting service to train researchers and research users in Knowledge Translation methods and tools; to support them to implement knowledge translation practices within new and existing research projects and grants; and to link researchers and research users to ensure research is relevant for everyone.
Tamika’s passion for knowledge translation and her position has provided her with opportunities to work directly with high-level decision makers. Tamika was recently called to give evidence to the Senate Legislation Committee hearing for the Medical Research Future Fund, where she was able to advocate for the implementation of knowledge translation processes within the new funding scheme, and to suggest measures that will ensure return on investment and benefit the health and medical system and society as a whole.
Tamika prefers to be referred to as a generalist. Her abilities are based on many skills from a wide and varied background beginning prior to her academic pursuits, and continuing to increase every day. These skills range from administration and accounting services, building and architecture, sports science, sports biomechanics, ergonomics, forensic biomechanics, clinical biomechanics, policy development, stakeholder liaison, tutoring and lecturing, and knowledge translation as a specialty. Tamika has worked across a variety of research disciplines including sport, engineering, orthopaedics, childhood cancer epidemiology, and Aboriginal health.
Tamika’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science from Edith Cowan University, a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomechanics from The University of Western Australia, and a certification from the University of Toronto for Knowledge Translation.