Rural Capacity building in rural and remote health care quality and safety


This project of the APHCRI CRE in Primary Health Care Microsystems Stream 2 is building research capacity in rural and remote primary health care quality and safety. The program team, extending across two University Departments of Rural Health and one Rural Clinical School, is providing the following in, and between, the regions,

  • Research skills training that offers a range of research training topics to the staff and primary care clinicians engaging with integrated care providers and other organisations relevant to the regions.
  • Providing accessible research training and support that recognises and is responsive to the context of practice for remote and rural PHC practitioners. Strategies to reduce isolation, provide flexible access and timely mentoring and support are being utilised.
  • Offering guest presentations/training to establish and connect students with a larger effective community of practice

Providing four PHC practitioner early career researcher bursaries and supervision to local primary health professionals and other interested staff to enable them to undertake research projects to enhance their research skills and contribute to the body of knowledge of safety and quality in remote and rural PHC over an 18-month period.

Project aims:

  • Conduct targeted research on quality and safety in remote and rural PHC contexts
  • Support research in remote and rural settings using multiple approaches and to cultivate a primary care research culture1.        
  • Provide accessible research training for remote and rurally based practitioners enabling them to develop or progress as early-mid career researchers; and increase the pool of primary health care researchers for a sustainable advancement of academic practice in primary health care
  • Maximise and leverage existing UDRH and Clinical School research infrastructure, collaborations and relationships
  • Extend our experience in remote supervision, novel technologies and support to optimise the development and outputs of the researchers
  • Support early-mid career researchers to undertake more high quality primary health care research and ensure its relevance to policy and practice
  • Create a network linking individual clinicians and researchers into established PHC research groups from similar contexts
  • Disseminate and facilitate the uptake of evidence in policy and practice
  • Extend the reach of the CRE Stream 2 into remote Australia and expand the pool of active remote and rural PHC researchers.

Updated:  24 September 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, APHCRI/Page Contact:  Web Admin, APHCRI