Centre of Research Excellence in Primary Health Care Microsystems


Contact details

Chief Investigator: Professor Claire Jackson, Email: c.jackson@uq.edu.au

CRE Manager / co-ordinator: Dr Tina Janamian, Email: t.janamian1@uq.edu.au

Policy context

Improving safety and quality within new governance framework has been identified as a high reform priority in Australia, UK, the US and many other countries. 


This Centre of Excellence will address primary health care quality, governance, performance and sustainability issues by investigating improved models in regional governance, e-health, effective multidisciplinary teamwork, performance and accountability.
The research team will address these issues within a program of research based on clinical microsystems, two core research streams and capacity building in multidisciplinary settings nationally. The research aims to support Australian primary care as it moves from a series of disparate sectors to an integrated system, able to reliably engage in the reform challenges ahead.
The Centre will work to develop and implement its research with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Australian General Practice of Accreditation Limited, Improvement Foundation Australia, Australian Practice Managers Association, Australian Practice Nurses Association, the Chronic Illness Alliance and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The Centre will actively involve key policymakers and practitioners, and it will have a diverse visiting fellow and international training network.

Research activities

Research Stream 1: Improving quality and sustainability in integrated primary health care

Aims to investigate the quality, governance, and sustainability of a share-care maternity record delivered within an e-health framework across the continuum of clinical microsystems.

Research Stream 2: Improving safety and quality in primary health care 

Aims to improve safety and quality in primary healthcare through measuring the performance and organisational development of practices participating in the Collaboratives and identifying the characteristics of high performing practices and how to spread high performance.

Building research capacity

The Centre will employ three Postdoctoral Fellows and three full-time PhD students. One Postdoctoral Fellow and one PhD student will be allocated to each of the three proposed research streams. These positions will commence in March 2011. The Centre will support the PhD students in applications for Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), thus maximising the Centre‘s funding to offer further PhD positions. A fourth Postdoctoral Fellow will commence in 2012.

Over the course of the four years of grant funding, this commitment to research capacity building represents about 45 per cent of the total project budget.



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