The program supports multi-disciplinary research into how financing arrangements, organisational structures and processes, health technologies and social factors affect the quality, cost and availability of, and access to, health care.
Priority is afforded to research which:
- addresses significant gaps in evidence required for Australia's most important policy and practice issues;
- covers issues related to the Australian Government's National Research Priorities or National Health Priority Areas and or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and access to health services;
- has the potential to develop new productive partnerships between researchers, policy makers, health service providers and citizens.
Health Services Research Rounds 1 and 2 encouraged applications that addressed the National Health Priority Areas and the National Research Priorities and encouraged large projects that built capacity in health services research, with Round 2 allowing for smaller scale projects over a shorter time frame. In addition to the National Health Priority Areas and National Research Priorities, Round 3 encouraged applicants to research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and access to health services.