About CES-P&CH

By 2030 we expect a significant increase in the ageing of the population and people living with long term conditions such as cancer in the Central and Eastern Sydney (CES) areas. 

At the same time, we expect a shift to providing more health care in the community.

The Central and Eastern Sydney Primary and Community Health Research Consortium commenced in 2016 as a response to these challenges. It brings together two local health districts (Sydney and South Eastern Sydney) as well as the co-terminous local primary health network (Central and Eastern Sydney) under one partnership as the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary and Community Health Cohort/Resource (CES-P&CH). From here, we inform primary and community services planning, program development and evaluation.

What we do

CES-P&CH has been created to answers health service relevant questions. The Resource is based on data from the 45 and Up Study linked to primary, secondary and tertiary administrative data (including MBS, PBS, hospitalisations emergency department, community health, out-patients, cancer registry, and death registry). The dataset was established in 2016 and was updated in 2018 and 2021. The resource contains data on 30.6K people living in Central and Eastern Sydney (250k in NSW) between 2006 and 2020 (most recent). All analysis is conducted within the secure environment of the Sax Institute’s SURE workspace.

Cohort Profile Report: Central and Eastern Sydney Primary and Community Health Cohort Profile

Recent studies based on the Resource include predictors of health service use amongst older people, understanding the relationship between social isolation, health service use and health outcomes, and the health of carers. The Resource has also led to competitive research grant applications, as well as early career and PhD student projects.

Management committee

The project management group oversees the project with representatives from all funding partners. All programs of work are agreed in advance by the management group and dependent on the specific research interests of the partners at a given time.

CPHCE: A/Prof Margo Barr (Lead), Emeritus Professor Mark Harris (Chair), A/Prof Fiona Haigh (HERDU and CPHCE), Dr Alamgir Kabir, Ms Margaret Williamson, Dr Cathy O’Callaghan, A/Prof Elizabeth Comino (adjunct) and A/Prof Elizabeth Harris (adjunct).

SPH: A/Prof Anurag Sharma, A/Prof Joel Rhee, Dr Luna Xu, Dr Joy Dai-Keller, A/Prof Ben Harris-Roxas, A/Prof Kylie Vuong (adjunct).

SLHD: Ms Lou-Anne Blunden, Dr Ann-Marie Crozier, Ms Deb Donnelly, Ms Lisa Parcsi, A/Prof Luke Knibbs, Mr Joe Van Buskirk.

SESLHD: Dr Marianne Gale, Mr Tony Jackson, Ms Lisa Woodland, Dr Damian Conway (SESLHD),

CESPHN: Dr Brendan Goodger

Where to next?

The CES-P&CH Cohort/Resource has funding and ethics approval until June 2024. This includes funding for a research translation officer. New research topic areas are identified In this time we will continue our current partner-led studies, developed through the annual research priorities fora.

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CES-P&CH contact

A/Prof Margo Barr

Email: margo.barr@unsw.edu.au