NSW Regional Health Partners works to accelerate the translation of evidence into practice to improve the health and wellbeing of regional, rural and remote communities.

It was accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as a Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) in 2017.

NSW Regional Health Partners is supported by eight strategically aligned partners who had a long history of working together to deliver successful programs prior to the establishment of the Centre. They include:

    • Three NSW regional Local Health Districts – Central Coast, Hunter New England and Mid North Coast
    • A regional NSW Primary Health Network – Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network
    • An internationally recognised regional medical research institute – Hunter Medical Research Institute
    • Two of Australia’s leading regional universities – University of Newcastle and University of New England

The partners serve a population of approximately 1.5 million people, including 10% of Australia’s Aboriginal population. The Centre supports them by developing and nurturing strong and genuine partnerships between the academic and healthcare sectors in our region to enable a shared focus on the major health care issues facing our communities.

Core to success is facilitating the delivery of innovative models of healthcare supported by engaged health service managers, driven by patient and clinician needs, designed using the best available evidence and rigorously evaluated to produce outcomes that influence clinical practice and health policy locally, nationally and internationally.

The Centre supports new ways of working by researchers, clinicians and managers within its eight partner organisations. By bringing the partners together to share information, reduce duplication and share resources, the Centre leverages existing activities to accelerate change within each organisation. It is also resourced by the Medical Research Future Fund to fund new initiatives to translate evidence into practice. The partners are committed to sustainable improvements to ways of working within their organisations in order to deliver better care.


NSW Regional Health Partners is a Centre for Innovation in Regional Health, accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) and funded in part by the Medical Research Future Fund.  NSWRHP is one of ten health research translation centres across Australia that together form the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA).

The centres are leading centres of excellence and collaboration in health and medical research, research translation, research-infused education and training, and outstanding healthcare. They collaborate to develop and implement improvements in health service delivery and population health to ensure better health outcomes for all Australians.

Other centres include: 

Four videos provide an overview of NHMRC’s translation centre initiative and what the translation centres are about. Topics include: driving efficiencies in clinical trials and ensuring health-led research; the importance of engaging end-users; and the importance of addressing the needs of vulnerable populations.