Knowledge Translation Australia works together with associates that are experts in their disciplines. Through our collaborative approach, we bring you more value and opportunities for impact.

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Dr Tamika Heiden

Principal and founder

Dr Tamika Heiden is the founder and principal of Knowledge Translation Australia. Tamika has worked in health research and research coordination for over 15 years and is passionate about making a difference through the translation of research into practice.

Tamika’s education in knowledge translation, and dedication to improving social outcomes from research, led her to develop Knowledge Translation Australia. Tamika’s goal, and purpose for creating knowledge translation Australia, is to ensure that research is relevant and accessible to the people who need it. Tamika has well developed networks, both nationally and internationally, and has trained widely in the field of translation.

Coming from an applied science background Tamika’s purpose was to do research to make a difference. Tamika was first introduced to the science behind knowledge translation whilst she was working in Aboriginal Health. The idea of research belonging to the community it would serve and of that community being involved with the research from conception through to delivery aligned with her personal philosophy, that knowledge should be shared.

Through her experience in knowledge translation Tamika has won coveted awards in translation from SickKids Hospital and in innovation form the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization forum. Tamika is regularly invited to present on KT, run workshops for researchers, and assist in strategic planning.

Our Associates

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Carolyn Crawford


Director, F2F pl

After a decade in stockbroking, listening to and watching a vast array of effective, and not so effective, communications, from morning meetings through to annual results, Carolyn Crawford became inspired and one-tracked in her desire to support people to be more clear, confident, focused and influential, in all their daily business meetings and conversations.

She’s now been a corporate communications coach for over 23 years, is a global online communication skills trainer and an Amazon best-selling author of the unique graphic guide to business presenting, ‘Presenting To The Max’.

She has worked with almost 11,500 people across the full gamut of industries and at all levels of those businesses, combining elegantly simple toolkits with direct personal coaching to ensure business people are fully equipped for every conversation – whether written or spoken, easy or difficult, internal or external, large-scale or small.

Clients include: adidas, ANZ, First State Super, Freehills, General Mills, Hallmark Cards, IAG, Melbourne Metro, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TAL, Telstra among many, many others.

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Sarah Dean


Director, EmineoHub

Sarah Dean is a Project Management Specialist who works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporate professionals to realise their business goals by using practical project management.

After spending 15 years in the project management space with global corporations ranging from oil and gas to defence, Sarah truly knows what drives success project outcomes and the realisation of business goals – it’s being clear on what you need to do, and spending the time preparing effective project execution.

Sarah is experienced in delivering engaging project management training and has worked with self-employed trades people to general managers of billion-dollar brands.

Sarah holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Curtin University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

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Dr Narelle Tunstall


Director Empirical Research

Narelle is passionate about supporting researchers, their projects and ultimately research outcomes.

She has managed complex research projects including an ARC Training Centre, an NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence and a Commonwealth funded Collaborative Research Network but has also worked in a large, fast-paced research office during major grant rounds and has completed hundreds of grant reviews (both critical reviews and eligibility/compliance).

Narelle is a practical, perceptive and reliable research manager. But it is her enthusiasm for the research community that you will appreciate most. With a PhD in Genetics from Monash University and now several years of research operations, development and grant writing experience, Narelle seeks to continue her contribution to research by supporting your success. 

Narelle brings this wealth of experience to her research development consultancy with a focus on grant writing and career development for Graduate and Early Career Researchers.

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Emma Clark


Digital Content Producer at Indigo Content

Emma helps individuals and organisations to educate, promote and advocate by making useful, clear and persuasive content. Specialising in content strategy and production, Emma is passionate about using content for positive change. She draws on over a decade of communications experience, with life-changing organisations spanning research, health, early childhood, education, environment and film. These include The Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne International Film Festival and The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. Emma loves teaming up with researchers to find meaningful ways to share their ideas, adventures and discoveries with the world.