The Partnership Centres initiative has brought 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.

NHMRC's Partnership Centres aim to improve the availability and quality of research evidence for clinicians, managers and policy makers. By building Australia's capacity to produce and use high quality applied research, these centres help provide answers to the complex and difficult questions that these decision makers face when trying to improve Australians' health and health care. 

The Partnership Centres have national reach and are supported jointly by us and organisations with an interest in using research to advance their mission. 

The broad objectives of Partnership Centres are to: 

  1. support the implementation of research-informed changes in health and health care systems
  2. synthesise and disseminate research relevant to improving health and health care system performance
  3. undertake collaborative research
  4. build capacity, both within the research community to undertake applied research, and within the system to use research as part of change management.

NHMRC Partnership Centres 

The Partnership Centres were established as part of an initiative in the 2010-2012 triennium to identify a small number of priority areas where NHMRC would work with industry partners to support evidence-informed change in priority health policies and practices. 

Partnership Centre: Health System Sustainability 

The Health System Sustainability Partnership Centre was launched in December 2016. The Centre is jointly governed and funded to the value of $10.75 million over five years by NHMRC, Bupa Health Foundation, NSW Health, the University of Notre Dame Australia and the State of Western Australia acting through the Department of Health. 

Further information about the Health System Sustainability Partnership Centre

Partnership Centre: System perspectives on preventing lifestyle-related chronic health problems (The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre) 

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre was established in June 2013 for an initial five year term and . On 9 July 2018, Minister Hunt, the Minister for Health and the then Minister McKenzie, the Minister for Rural Health, jointly announced that the Centre was successful in securing funding for a second five year term (2018–2023). 

In its second term, Tthis Centre is jointly funded to the value of $15.8 million by NHMRC, the Australian Government Department of Health, The State of New South Wales, Health Directorate - The Australian Capital Territory, Department for Health and Wellbeing – Government of South Australia, Department of Health and Human Services – Tasmanian Government, Cancer Council Australia and Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. 

Joint Ministerial media release - see Download section (below) 

Further information about The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre 

Funding opportunities 

There are no further funding opportunities to establish partnership centres through this initiative. All current NHMRC funding opportunities can be found on our Find Funding page.