Partnership projects to improve health services and processes share $8 million

Partnership projects to improve health services and processes share $8 million

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

The projects will be supported by 32 partners, who together contribute an additional $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 conduct research that meets the health needs of our community.

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

The program aims to support the work of health policy and service implementing agencies by supporting the translation of research findings into policy and practice and the assessment of current policy and practice to identify knowledge gaps.

Projects funded in this round include research programs with health partners that:

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

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

“As decision-makers and service providers, they contribute their insights and resources, ensuring that the right questions are asked and that the results can be implemented to improve health and health care,” said she declared.

Funded projects:

Senior Chief Researcher

Application title

Admin institution


Professor Lisa Jamieson

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

University of Adelaide


Associate Professor Peter Hibbert

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

Macquarie University


Doctor Yaqoot Fatima

Sleep for Strong Souls (3S): multi-sectoral 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 access to mental health services in regional Australia

Queensland University of Technology


Professor Paul Dietze

Determining the impact of Melbourne’s supervised injection rooms on health and social outcomes

Burnet Institute


Associate Professor Jo Robinson

Can a follow-up service reduce the risk of suicide among young people? An effectiveness-implementation evaluation

University of Melbourne


Associate Professor James Wood

Integrating mathematical modeling and public health surveillance to improve epidemic and pandemic respiratory infection control in Australia

University of New South Wales


*Projects are listed in order of application number.

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