ONE VOICE FOR BETTER HEALTH THROUGH RESEARCH

ONE VOICE FOR
BETTER HEALTH
THROUGH RESEARCH

 

RESEARCH FOR IMPACT

The NHMRC, drawing on the success of centres in North America and Europe, put out a call in 2015 to accredit Australian research translation centres that could bring together health services, academia and researchers in the belief that such integration would ultimately lead to better health outcomes.

As a result, the NHMRC accredited seven Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and two Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs). These nine centres form AHRA.

These collaboration centres bring acute health services, community health services, primary care, research institutes, universities and government together to translate research into best practice to improve patient care and health outcomes for the population. Involvement of communities, consumers, patients, families and carers, ensures solutions are based on knowledge and understanding of the specific challenges they face.

The Centres are working on a wide range of projects locally as well as working together nationally on key national system level initiatives and research networks. These activities are funded by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and align with national and government priorities.

AHRA COLLABORATION CENTRES

Together, we are committed to ensuring Australia’s health system is
fully informed by health and medical research.

SYSTEM LEVEL INITIATIVES

System level initiatives include:

HEALTH SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

A national framework has been developed to guide AHRA strategy in the support of best evidence and value-based healthcare. Priority recommendations to be progressed via AHRA networks include: better ways to evaluate models of care; development of models to coordinate care between primary and acute health services; workforce education and training in addressing unwarranted clinical variation; and the implementation of clinical evidence and clinical leadership development in both health services research and in clinical practice improvement.

DATA DRIVEN HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT

This initiative is focussing on three nationally agreed priorities:

  1. Creation of Learning Health System Data Hubs that stimulate partnerships across academic, clinician and industry stakeholders;
  2. Integration of large data sets across the care continuum; and
  3. Building workforce capacity in data use for healthcare improvement, through training of staff in AHRA partners including university undergraduates and graduates.

AN INDIGENOUS RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILDING NETWORK

This initiative aims to redress the imbalance in the development of Indigenous researchers through a range of multi-disciplinary, translational research capacity building activities that will build and strengthen expertise, skills and knowledge across the AHRA members.

CONSUMER AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

This body of work aims to establish national principles and a platform to accelerate consumer and community involvement in health and medical research that is embedded systemically within research, policy and practice.

WOUND CARE SPECIAL INITIATIVE

There is an urgent need to address challenges in wound care as it is an underrecognized problem that is widespread. This initiative will bring together and build upon a considerable body of work to create an integrated approach to wound management that will deliver improved patient outcomes based on evidence-based research and reduce the economic burden of care.

AHRA NETWORKS

1.Women’s health research translation and impact network (WHRTN):

In recognition of the lack of a women’s health research network, AHRA Centres have nominated credible capable ultidisciplinary research leaders and engaged stakeholders, partnered with community. The WHRTN seeks to establish and address agreed priorities in women’s health, underpinned by agreed principles.

2.Aged care research translation and impact network:

This coalition of leading aged care clinician researchers who are representatives across AHRA is uniquely positioned to provide the requisite expertise to inform and guide the incremental set of reforms that will stem from the deliberations of the Royal Commission into Aged care, informed by the best available research.

1.Women’s health research translation and impact network (WHRTN):

In recognition of the lack of a women’s health research network, AHRA Centres have nominated credible capable ultidisciplinary research leaders and engaged stakeholders, partnered with community. The WHRTN seeks to establish and address agreed priorities in women’s health, underpinned by agreed principles.

2.Aged care research translation and impact network:

This coalition of leading aged care clinician researchers who are representatives across AHRA is uniquely positioned to provide the requisite expertise to inform and guide the incremental set of reforms that will stem from the deliberations of the Royal Commission into Aged care, informed by the best available research.