5 December 2022

Seven projects where researchers will collaborate with partner organisations so findings can be implemented into policy and practice will share in $8 million through National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project grants announced today.

The projects will be supported by 32 partners, who are together contributing a further $12.5 million, bringing the total investment in these projects to $21 million. 

Partnership Project grants support researchers to collaborate with policy makers and health service providers across Australia to design and deliver research that addresses health needs in our community. 

Researchers work with partners to define research questions and undertake research, then interpret and implement the findings to improve health services and processes.

The scheme aims to support the work of healthcare policy and service delivery implementation agencies by supporting the translation of research outcomes into policy and practice and the evaluation of current policy and practice to identify gaps in knowledge.

Among the funded projects this round are research programs with health partners that will: 

  • improve mental health services in regional Australia through the scaling up and evaluation of a model of care that helps residents in remote communities navigate the mental health care system
  • improve sleep health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents
  • reduce incidents causing harm to patients in healthcare settings using artificial intelligence and other methods to learn from past incidents 
  • respond to rising rates of youth suicide through evaluation of aftercare services
  • embed efficient and relevant surveillance and real-time analysis within jurisdictional responses to COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO said the partners were vital to these research projects.

“As policy makers and service providers, they bring their perspectives and resources to the table, ensuring the right questions are asked and the outcomes can be implemented into better health and health care,” she said.

Funded projects:

Lead chief investigator

Application title

Administering institution


Professor Lisa Jamieson

Dental health, mental health and economic productivity; a child longitudinal study

University of Adelaide


Associate Professor Peter Hibbert

Improving the health system’s response when patients are harmed: a mixed-methods study

Macquarie University


Doctor Yaqoot Fatima

Sleep for Strong Souls (3S): Multisectoral partnership and co-designed solutions to improve the sleep health of First Nations Adolescents

University of Queensland


Doctor Zephanie Tyack

NAVICARE: Implementing, scaling up and sustaining a co-designed care navigation model to improve mental health service access in regional Australia

Queensland University of Technology


Professor Paul Dietze

Determining the impact of the Melbourne Supervised Injecting Rooms on health and social outcomes

Burnet Institute


Associate Professor Jo Robinson

Can an aftercare service reduce suicide risk in young people? An effectiveness-implementation evaluation

University of Melbourne



Associate Professor James Wood

Integrating mathematical modelling and public health surveillance to improve control of epidemic and pandemic respiratory infections in Australia

University of New South Wales


*Projects are listed in order of application number.