Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) was established at The Australian National University (ANU) in 2003 as part of the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Strategy of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. APHCRI sits within the PHCRED strategy sharing the common overall aim of embedding a research culture in Australian general practice specifically, and primary health care more generally.
Provide national leadership in improving the quality and effectiveness of primary health care through the conduct of high quality priority-driven research and the support and promotion of best practice. It focuses on important sectoral questions relating to the organisation, financing, delivery and performance of primary health care, including its interaction with public health and the secondary and tertiary health care sectors.
- Strengthen the knowledge base of primary health care by conducting and supporting research.
- Facilitate the uptake of research evidence in primary health care policy and practice.
- Enhance research capacity in primary health care through strategic partnerships with other relevant national and international groups.
APHCRI@ANU comprises the Director and other academic and administrative staff based at ANU. The University is responsible for its governance and the Director reports to the Vice-Chancellor. The APHCRI@ANU research program has a focus on variations in primary health care.
APHCRI Network research is competitive, commissioned research into primary health care that supports the National Primary Health Care Strategy Key Priority Areas. The research program encompasses the priority-driven projects and programs of work funded by APHCRI. The Network researchers:
- Vary in location, identity and duration depending on the APHCRI-funded projects and programs.
- Liaise and interact with the APHCRI Network through their coordinating investigator for monitoring of their APHCRI-funded projects and programs.
- Conduct research according to the protocol or plan that has been approved for APHCRI funding.
- Develop and implement dissemination and implementation strategies for APHCRI-funded research projects and programs.
The Research Advisory Board (RAB) is a key component of APHCRI’s structure. The RAB Chair and members are agreed by both ANU and the Minister for Health, and appointed by ANU. Members are individuals with a range of perspectives relevant to primary health care. Members are not appointed as representatives or nominees of organisations or groups. APHCRI’s Head of Programs is also an RAB member. The RAB makes three key decisions:
- Identifies research topics.
- Composes Expert Review Committees to consider applications for funding
- Allocates funds from the Australian Government’s commitment to APHCRI primary health care research.