Healthy Regional Communities (HRC) Program
The Healthy Regional Communities Program is a “grassroots” community-based research translation and implementation program that develops innovative models of care and health promotion within communities, evaluates the models, then moves to scale-up and rollout if proven effective. The HRC Program focuses on projects in locations where partners are aware of high priority health issues that lend themselves to research solutions. Key elements within this nationally unique program are:
- Partnerships that facilitate cross-sectoral research translation and delivering programs improving healthcare at scale across regional communities.
- Internationally recognised leaders across clinical, research, policy, industry, government and community sectors.
- Person-centred integrated care active across regional and rural settings, translating best evidence into practice and delivering improved outcomes.
- Population health strategy addressing major burdens of disease in both general and disadvantaged populations.
Cross-sectoral partnerships with agriculture, mining and community sectors provide a unique collaborative environment for the Healthy Regional Communities Program, in which innovative models of care are developed with public, patient, government and industry engagement to address not only health needs, but also the broader socio-economic underpinnings of disadvantage and disease risk.
Major Translational Research Programs
The Major Translational Research Programs are underpinned by national competitive research funding and are led by our high performing clinical academics. They focus around on our areas of traditional discovery research strength and have embedded internationally recognised research teams and centres. These research teams link to the Centre’s group of research- intensive clinical services in both hospital care and population health. The result is world-class discovery research in biomedical, clinical and population health linked with expertise in implementation science, embedded within the direct care delivery process. The clinical academic leaders have key leadership roles in Clinical Networks, Streams and the PHN, ensuring research is strongly embedded within healthcare delivery.
Clinician Initiated Priority Research (CPR) Program
The Clinician Initiated Priority Research Program is the Centre’s “grassroots” research and quality improvement program. An environmental scan of some of the region’s major tertiary teaching hospitals and the broader clinical community has identified barriers to implementation and sustainability of quality improvement initiatives. Barriers included: a lack of available expertise in research methodology and design; a lack of small grant funding to obtain proof of concept; and a lack of clinician time to engage in research and quality leadership.
The CPR Program aims to facilitate activities across the spectrum, from smaller scale audits to more complex projects such as cohort studies or randomised trials. It is supported by four main initiatives:
- Researching Important Clinical questions to improve Health (RICH) Outcomes workshops
- Innovation Scholarships
- Integrated Care Collaborative workshops
- MNCLHD Research Support Grant Program.
In particular, clinician-driven research is supported by nationally unique programs in the Centre – Researching Important Clinical questions to improve Health (RICH) Outcomes Workshops and the North West Integrated Care Collaborative Program. These programs support the co-design of both research and quality improvement projects aiming to foster clinician engagement in research and implementation (if research has been completed but uptake is poor), bring important clinical questions to the attention of appropriate pre-clinical research groups, and allow the implementation scientists to investigate new models of knowledge transfer. Competitive small project grants have provide the incentive for both clinicians and researchers to engage and interact to develop clinically-relevant research questions.
The Major Programs are underpinned by significant Research Support Platforms that allow best-evidence based continuous improvement in health care, and larger scale comparative effectiveness research driven by the Centre partners. Read more about these platform here.