Centres for Innovation in Regional Health

The translation of health and medical research is an integral theme of NHMRC’s strategy for health and medical research.  As one of its priorities, NHMRC will continue to recognise national leadership in the provision of research-based and evidence-based health care and the training of doctors, nurses and other health professionals. NHMRC has established two initiatives to recognise national leadership in the provision of research-based and evidence-based health care and the training of doctors, nurses and other health professionals: Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH). Further information about the AHRTC initiative is available on the NHMRC website.

The aim of the CIRH initiative is to encourage leadership in health research and translation of direct relevance and benefit to regional and remote areas of Australia.

To encourage this leadership, NHMRC wishes to identify and celebrate exemplars of collaboration in health and medical research, research translation, research-infused education and training, and outstanding health care in a regional and/or remote setting. To achieve recognition as a CIRH, groups are required to demonstrate competitiveness at the highest international levels across all relevant areas of health care. The evaluation criteria for recognition as a CIRH are:

  1. Outstanding leadership in research and evidence-based clinical care that enhances the quality of health care in regional and remote Australia
  2. Excellence in innovative biomedical, clinical, public health and/or health services research that addresses the challenges and opportunities of health care provision in regional and remote Australia
  3. Programs and activities to accelerate translation of research findings into health care and ways of bringing health care problems to the researchers
  4. Research-infused education and training
  5. Health professional leaders who ensure that research knowledge is translated into policies and practices locally, nationally and internationally
  6. Strong collaboration amongst the research, translation, patient care and education programs.

In late 2016, NHMRC called for submissions from interested groups for recognition as a CIRH. The following were successfully recognised in 2017:

Further information:

2016 Call for submissions for recognition by NHMRC as a CIRH

The 2016 call for submissions has closed.

A report of the International Review Panel, which assessed the submissions and provided advice to NHMRC on the actions that could be taken to encourage development of the AHRTC and CIRH initiatives, is provided below. NHMRC will consider the report, including in developing future calls for recognition as an AHRTC or CIRH.

Enquiries

Please email AdvancedCentres@nhmrc.gov.au