Our research in quality primary healthcare reform and innovation focuses on the role of primary health care in improving health and social care integration by ensuring seamless, effective and efficient care. This care reflects the whole of a person’s health needs. Our objectives are to improve health and wellbeing, consumers' experience and system efficiency and effectiveness.

Our goals

  • Strengthen and support the primary healthcare workforce to meet the needs of the community.
  • Work collaboratively with Primary Health Networks, Local Health Districts, non-government organisations and professional groups to improve primary health care and integration of health services.
  • Lead implementation and evaluation of integrated care strategies in Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks.
  • Support the development and evaluation of new models of care in the Australian health system.
  • Explore research on supporting patients with chronic conditions in the community. 
  • Generate evidence base to support optimal healthcare services delivery to patients in primary care settings.


Research strengths

  • Strengthening and supporting the primary health care workforce.
  • Improving integration of services and continuity of care.
  • Access to primary health care.
  • Improving the management of chronic diseases.


Our impact

  • Improve the capacity of consumers, communities, healthcare workers, local governments and health services to identify needs and challenges in access, equity, integration and prevention.
  • Strengthen and support the primary healthcare workers, the health system and its partners to improve and adapt to meet current and future challenges.
  • Identify and influence the determinants of health and inequitable distribution of health. 
  • Promote partnerships within the health system and across sectors as an effective way of addressing issues and ensuring relevance of research.
  • Develop a strong evidence base to support the delivery of high-quality health care to people with chronic diseases in primary care settings.
  • Improving quality use of medicines and reducing medicine-related harm.
  • Addressing the burden of multimorbidity and polypharmacy.

Our experts

Head of Discipline of General Practice Joel Rhee
Head of Discipline of General Practice
Co Convenor Phase 2 Medicine; Convenor Phase 2 Society and Health Kerry Uebel
Co Convenor Phase 2 Medicine; Convenor Phase 2 Society and Health
Senior Lecturer (Integrated Care) Ben Harris-Roxas
Senior Lecturer (Integrated Care)
Director and Staff Specialist, Primary and Integrated Care Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District Michael Tam
Director and Staff Specialist, Primary and Integrated Care Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District
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SHARP Professor; Principal Theme Lead: Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine Alta Schutte
SHARP Professor; Principal Theme Lead: Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine
Professor of Health Systems & Theme Principal, Health Systems Research Sallie Pearson
Professor of Health Systems & Theme Principal, Health Systems Research
Associate Professor (Health Economics) and Program Director Master of Health Leadership and Management Anurag Sharma
Associate Professor (Health Economics) and Program Director Master of Health Leadership and Management
NHMRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Sameera Ansari
NHMRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Professor of Environmental and Urban Health Xiaoqi Feng
Professor of Environmental and Urban Health
Senior Research Fellow, Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow Michael Falster
Senior Research Fellow, Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow