The NSW Regional Health Partners brings together the leading health and research organisations across the Hunter, New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions of NSW, Australia. It is underpinned by an internationally recognised discovery research platform and will continue to be delivered by healthcare partners internationally recognised for innovative best-evidence care. This NHMRC Centre for Innovation in Regional Health is supported by eight core partners:
Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE Health) provides a range of public health services to the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast regions. HNE Health provides services to more than 900,000 people, including 51,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It spans 25 local government areas, and is the only district in New South Wales with a major metropolitan centre, a mix of several large regional centres, and many smaller rural centres and remote communities within its borders.
Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) provides public health services to more than 330,000 people in the Central Coast region including over 12,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Located between Sydney and Newcastle, the area is popular with both retirees and young families. Public health services are provided by two acute hospitals – Gosford and Wyong – two sub-acute facilities and eight community health centres, in addition to a range of community based services.
Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) covers an area of 11,335 square kilometres extending from Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area in the south to Coffs Harbour Local Government Area in the north. MNCLHD provides quality public health care at hospitals in Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Kempsey, Macksville, Port Macquarie and Wauchope. There are 10 Community Health Centres in the District, and provides a diverse range of health services to a population of about 215,000 people.
Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network is a not for profit organisation funded by the Commonwealth government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the primary health care system. It manages a range of service agreements with organisations to deliver primary health care programs in areas of identified need across the region, including mental health, Aboriginal health, GP after hours care and Rural Primary Health Services. Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network covers 130, 000 square kilometres reaching from the QLD border in the north to Gosford in the south, and west past Narrabri and Gunnedah.
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) enables and facilitates high-quality health solutions to meet community needs. It is a formal partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community. HMRI is one of NSW’s largest independent medical research institutes, and Australia’s only regional medical research institute . It is a key research enabler attracting philanthropic and government investment provide essential funding, facilities, equipment and support services to over 1600 researchers, research students and support staff working across several campuses.
Calvary Mater Newcastle is a 3rd Schedule Hospital operating under a service agreement with Hunter new England Local Health District (HNE LHD) and is the major Cancer Care Centre for HNE LHD. In addition Calvary Mater is a major research facility. Staffed by leading researchers in oncology, toxicology, haematology, psycho oncology and palliative care , the hospital is affiliated with national and international universities and research partners. The Calvary Mater site is also home to HNELHD Mental Health Services.
The University of Newcastle (UON) is a research-intensive university and a leading contributor to research in Australia and the world. Its primary campus is in Callaghan, New South Wales, and also operates campuses in Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore, and the central business districts of Newcastle and Sydney. UON is ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide, and in the top eight Australian universities for research that is ‘well above world standard’ as rated by ERA. It has particular strengths in health and medical research, and is a national leader in Indigenous education and research.
The University of New England (UNE) was founded as Australia’s first regional university with a mission to provide access to education and research for the regional community. The University’s main campus is located in Armidale, NSW. It has 10 regional study centres located throughout northern New South Wales, as well as the FutureCampus in Parramatta and a growing international network of teaching partners. UNE’s interdisciplinary health and medical research represents a range of disciplines across biomedical sciences; stress and depression; social work; mental health; clinical and health psychology. It prioritises health and wellbeing research in rural communities.