At the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE), we build our research and service development collaborations through joint ventures with South Western, South Eastern and Sydney Local Health Districts (LHD).
This extends our experience with the Centre for Health Equity, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), which UNSW Medicine & Health and the LHDs have long supported. CHETRE collaborates with us not only for research, but for capacity building and putting evidence into practice.
Each of our collaborations is supported by the centre and an LHD with a formal agreement, an advisory committee and funding from both groups. The collaborations are bridges between the centre and the LHD, conducting research and evaluation that is valuable to both groups. This supports the uptake of research into practice and means researchers can directly engage with health services. We hope Primary Health Networks will be part of future research collaborations.
The Centre for Health Equity, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) operates as a UNSW Sydney research hub and South Western Sydney Local Health District intelligence unit (within the Division of Population Health).
CHETRE is based at the Ingham Institute and works in partnership with local councils, industry and community groups. The centre pursues its mission to co-create intelligence for better health through outreach actions in locational disadvantage, cutting-edge impact assessment tools, technologies and capacity building, and in Aboriginal owned and controlled research and development.
The Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) is a unit of Population Health in the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) as well as a CPHCE research hub. HERDU aims to work with SLHD staff and with communities who don’t have the opportunities to receive the health care and resources they need to be as healthy as others in the population.
The Central and Eastern Sydney Primary and Community Health Cohort, in collaboration with CPHCE, addresses the challenges of an ageing population with long term condiditons such as cancer in the Central and Eastern Sydeny areas.
Our research with these communities helps to inform primary and community services planning, program development and evaluation.