The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) was established at The Australian National University (ANU) in 2003 as part of the Australian Government’s Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Strategy. The PHCRED Strategy is the framework for improving Australia’s capacity to produce high quality primary health care research. The Institute, as one of the key instruments of the Strategy, is tasked with providing leadership in primary health care research.
APHCRI’s three major goals are to,
- 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, and
- enhance research capacity in primary health care through strategic partnerships with other relevant national and international groups,
To achieve these goals, APHCRI commissions research in areas that support the Australian Government’s Primary Health Care Strategy. The Institute’s Network research program consists of APHCRI Centres of Research Excellence and other priority-driven research projects and streams which vary in scope, value and duration.
APHCRI’s competitive grants program includes:
APHCRI’s Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) are multi-institutional collaborations aimed at producing relevant research and enhancing primary health care research capacity, with a strong emphasis on the priority areas identified by the National Primary Health Care Strategy. Each CRE receives $2.5 million in funding over four years to coordinate innovative, high quality and multidisciplinary research in primary health care policy and system improvement.
These programs are prescribed by the Australian Government and relate to National areas of need and interest at given times. The current programs include:
- Integrated Primary Health Care Centres
- Sub-acute Care and Primary Health Care
Past programs include:
- Returning Home, Back to the Community from Custodial Care
- Lead Clinicians Group – Transitions of Care
As part of fulfilling its mandate to drive the implementation of research evidence and outcomes into primary health care services planning and delivery, APHCRI has established partnerships with international research centres in primary health care. APHCRI routinely offers International Visiting Fellowships for Australian early career researchers at the following centres,
- The Robert Graham Centre (RGC), Washington DC
- Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc), Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)
These programs include:
- 2014 APHCRI Foundation Grants
- Practice Based Research Network project
- Rural and Remote Research Capacity Building
- Institutional Research Capacity Building
Funding rounds do not generally occur at any specific times of the year. They are usually in response to Government requirements. To keep up-to-date on funding opportunities, firstname.lastname@example.org