The goal of the Partnership Centres initiative is to bring teams of researchers and decision-makers together to create better health services and health by collaborative work on priority themes determined by the needs of the health and health care systems.
Each Partnership Centre has national reach and is supported jointly by NHMRC and organisations with an interest in using research to advance their mission. The theme for each Centre is forward-looking, a priority for Australia’s health and health care systems over the next decade, and congruent with NHMRCs Strategic Plan 2013-2015.
Within a Partnership Centre there are two levels of partnership:
- The funding partners; and
- The investigator partners who form a collaborative team of research investigators and system-based investigators.
NHMRC has allocated up to $2.5 million per Centre per year for its own five-year funding contribution. The partners’ additional co-funding and in-kind contributions negotiated with the office of NHMRC will therefore make available as much $5 million per year for a centre.
The broad objectives for each Partnership Centre are to:
- support the implementation of research-informed changes in health and health care systems;
- synthesise and disseminate research relevant to improving health and health care system performance;
- undertake collaborative research, and
- build capacity, both within the research community to undertake applied research, and within the system to use research as part of change management
The Partnership Centres
Partnership Centre: Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (the 'Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre')
Partnership Centre: Systems Perspectives on Preventing Lifestyle-Related Chronic Health Problems (the 'Prevention Partnership Centre')
Key Partnership Centre Documents
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Centres Funding Rules (PDF, 304KB)
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Centres Peer Review Guidelines - 2012-13 (PDF, 192KB)
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - NHMRC Partnership Centres Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Contact for further information
Enquiries about the NHMRC Partnership Centres can be directed to email@example.com
Partnership Centre: Primary Care - System, Services and Workforce Innovation (the ‘Primary Care Partnership Centre’)
In 2013, NHMRC worked with the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), Health Workforce Australia (HWA), the Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AMLA) and, through them, 18 Medicare Locals, on the scope of a new Primary Care Partnership Centre to be established with the theme, ‘Primary Care – Systems, Services and Workforce Innovation’.
The goal of the Partnership Centres initiative is to bring teams of researchers and decision-makers together to create better health services and health by collaborative work on priority themes determined by the needs of the health and health care systems. It is therefore important that the centres have partners with a variety of perspectives, including industry perspectives.
As a result of the 2014 Federal Budget, a new system of Primary Health Networks are replacing Medicare Locals. These Primary Health Networks will begin operating from July 2015. Accordingly, the establishment of the Primary Care Partnership Centre will be postponed during this transition period and re-visited in the first half of 2015, to ensure that it includes a strong industry partner to engage with the needs of the primary health care sector.
Further details will be provided in mid-2015.
Page last updated on 27 April 2015