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

Funded projects are outlined in the following table.

Table: Funded projects*
Lead chief investigator Application title Administering institution Budget
*Projects are listed in order of application number.
Professor Lisa Jamieson Dental health, mental health and economic productivity; a child longitudinal study University of Adelaide $1,499,998.80
Associate Professor Peter Hibbert Improving the health system's response when patients are harmed: a mixed-methods study Macquarie University $1,496,179.00
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 $783,055.32
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 $727,470.00
Professor Paul Dietze Determining the impact of the Melbourne Supervised Injecting Rooms on health and social outcomes Burnet Institute $1,499,966.40
Associate Professor Jo Robinson Can an aftercare service reduce suicide risk in young people? An effectiveness-implementation evaluation University of Melbourne $1,225,326.00
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 $1,009,784.00