In November 2020, the Centre of Research Excellence in Medicines Intelligence received a $2.5 million five-year grant from the NHMRC for the purpose of delivering evidence on the real-world use and outcomes of medicines in Australia.
The CRE is led by Professor Sallie Pearson from UNSW Medicine’s Centre for Big Data Research in Health and includes ten Chief Investigators and ten Associate Investigators from universities across Australia. The CRE provides an opportunity for researchers in institutions across the country to collaborate more closely on key research priorities and accelerate the development and translation of evidence about real-world medicine use and outcomes. The CRE was established in recognition of the major health and economic impact from medicine overuse and misuse, and in response to the 2019 announcement by the Federal Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt, that quality use of medicine and medicine safety is a National Health Priority. We will develop a coordinated research program that will accelerate the development and translation of evidence about real-world medicine use and outcomes, leading to major improvements in the quality use of medicines and reductions in medicine-related harm. The CRE plans to develop and deliver new knowledge of medicines in Australia that can be used by regulators and payers, and can be translated directly into policy and practice, improving responsiveness to current and emerging policy imperatives.
We will use population-based linked data and sophisticated designs and analyses to study the association between the effects of medicines, how they are used in practice, and the resultant benefits, harms and costs. We will engage policymakers to develop and scale up sustainable approaches for timely evidence generation and research translation; and we will develop innovative training and on-the-job experience to grow the next generation of research leaders.
The CRE in Medicines Intelligence will bring together Australia’s leading researchers in pharmacoepidemiology and related fields, and key stakeholders to:
The 1st Annual Research Symposium and Policy Forum was held as a virtual event on the 16th September 2021. It featured A/Prof Nicole Pratt from from the Canadian Network of Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES).
View our MI-CRE 2021 Research Symposium and Policy Forum - Oral presentations and posters.
This year's theme focused on knowledge translation by bridging the gap between real world evidence and smarter medical use. View key recordings and abstract sessions.