The Institute is now calling for proposals that use case studies to answer one or more of the following questions:
- What are the enablers and barriers to achieving integration of different service types, for example allied health, social care, acute care?
- What are the enablers or barriers to co-located services achieving objectives of improved integration and access? The GP Super Clinics selected as case studies should provide for a geographic spread and reflect the variation in models including factors such as governance, scope of services, community engagement, ownership, multi- disciplinary teams, funding sources, extent of shared services.
- Are there any differences between GP Super Clinics and other co-located models such as Health One/ GP Plus that have an impact on achieving objectives of improved integration and access?
- Using individual GP Super Clinics as case studies what has been the role of the centres in diverting emergency department presentations? What factors have contributed to successful diversion e.g. co-location, triage and service profile? What has been the experience of consumers and what education/communication strategies have been required and effective?
- Using individual GP Super Clinics as case studies what has been their role in development and implementation of e-health initiatives and virtual networks to support integration?
- Using individual GP Super Clinics as case studies what measures of service quality have been adopted for individual services and for the centre as whole/ Identify potential frameworks that would support quality improvement in multi-service/discipline integrated care settings.
Funding for individual projects up to the value of $150,000 will cover travel and associated project costs. A maximum of six projects will be funded.
All funded research projects will be required to be completed within eighteen months of commissioning.
It is anticipated that the announcement of the successful applicants will be made in December 2013.
The Research Advisory Board has determined that each of the integrated primary health care centres research stream recipients will be eligible to receive up to $150,000. Acceptable expenditures of these funds, to be itemised in proposals are for:
- Salary support (NOTE that funding will not be used to provide salary support for staff already in receipt of institutional salary)
- Consultation with target population/s as required, including venue hire, catering and related expenses
- Consultation with service provider/s as required, including venue hire, catering and related expenses
- Direct research costs
- Support for multi-institution collaboration using the most economical means (travel, teleconference, etcetera)
- Support for knowledge translation and exchange (including reasonable research travel for investigator and stakeholders
- A number of network meetings will be held in Canberra. The exact number is yet to be determined but will not exceed three.
- Final reporting visit for the Chief Investigator A to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and APHCRI ANU. (Other investigators may attend these meetings by agreement but not at a cost to the grant.)
- Recognising that some potential applicants may incur additional costs because they are based in rural locations, or locations remote from Canberra, the Research Advisory Board has decided to make available additional funds to support such applicants. These additional funds will not exceed $25,000 per rural or remote project. The request for additional funds together with the justification for these must be included in the proposal. For general guidance, State capitals in the eastern mainland States and South Australia would not be considered remote from Canberra.