Research Networks

We support a number of research networks to connect researchers and clinicians working in key clinical areas.

These networks vary in size, scope and purpose but each provides a forum for collaboration, networking and peer support, and enables members to come together to identify and explore research questions and local solutions.

Read more about each network below and follow the link to find out how you can get involved.

NSW Regional Cancer Research Network

The NSW Regional Cancer Research Network (NSWRCRN) has been established by NSW Regional Health Partners to improve cancer outcomes in regional and rural NSW. We will do this using research and initiatives that are directly informed by the people affected by cancer, and the people providing cancer care in regional and rural NSW. It has been generously funded by the Cancer Institute NSW through their Translational Cancer Research Capacity Building Grant.

The NSWRCRN brings together health and medical professionals, researchers, cancer services and the people affected by cancer. It is strongly focussed on the rapid translation of cancer research into clinical practice, with a particular goal of improving opportunities for research participation and equity of outcomes for those affected by cancer within our communities.

Membership of the network is free and open to everyone living in our region who has an interest in guiding research designed to improve cancer outcomes in regional and rural NSW – researchers, health and medical professionals, people affected by cancer (current and past patients, family members and carers), staff members of cancer support services, government or policy professionals, members of peak bodies, and other end-users.

For a summary of the grant and its goals please download the factsheet.

Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network

The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA)’s Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network (WHRTN) is the national peak body for stakeholder engagement, research, translation and impact in women’s health. WHRTN works to empower women, increase equity and improve the health and quality of life of Australian women.

As a national network, WHRTN aims to:

  • boost national and international collaboration on women’s health and research
  • build health workforce capacity
  • develop leaders in women’s health, and
  • advance research and translation to deliver impact and better health for Australian women in partnership with community.

NSW Regional Health Partners facilitates the local hub of WHRTN, which is led by Professor Deb Loxton. Deb is the Director of the Centre for Women’s Health Research at the University of Newcastle, and leads the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s (HMRI) Women’s Health Research Program.

Anyone conducting research relevant to women’s health across the NSW Regional Health Partners footprint is welcome to join the local WHRTN hub.

To express your interest in becoming a member, please complete the membership form on the Centre for Women’s Health Research website. 

You will find the form here.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please contact 

WHRTN is funded through the Medical Research Future Fund.

Research in Practice Network

The Research in Practice Network is a practice-based research network for physiotherapists. It brings together physiotherapists from private practice and the public health sector, leading researchers and other stakeholders involved in patient care. Research in Practice aims to:

  • Generate clinically relevant research that makes meaningful differences in patients’ lives.
  • Connect and collaborate to promote change in the healthcare community.
  • Break down barriers between research and clinical practice physiotherapy, across disciplines and between stakeholders (like consumers and care funders).

New England GP Research Network

The New England General Practice Research Network (NEGPRN) is a practice-based research network in the New England and North West region of NSW. The NEGPRN was established to improve patient health outcomes through primary care-based research in general practices in this region. The network’s goal is to build the capacity of community based clinicians to develop, undertake and implement research. 

The network is open to all general practice-based staff – practice managers, nurses, GPs, GP registrars, allied health practitioners and nurse practitioners – as well as students interested in general practice. 

Visit the website to sign up to the member database.