The Evaluation is a partnership which brings together expert research and consultancy experience to provide a rigorous and grounded assessment of a major NSW Health initiative. 

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Completed Projects

Chief Investigators

Dr Karen Gardner CPHCE; Prof Mark Harris CPHCE; Mr Terry Findlay CPHCE; Ms Karen Edwards Consultant to CPHCE; Dr Sue Kirby Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney; Professor David Lyle Broken Hill University


The WNSW Integrated Care Strategy is a ground-breaking approach to implementing locally driven, regionally enabled integrated care across a large rural health district.  The strategy provides the opportunity for reform in health care and also to build the evidence base for system-wide approaches to integrated care. Findings will contribute to shaping the development of integrated care at the regional and state levels.


The overall purpose of the evaluation is to produce a high quality rigorous evaluation of the Strategy that will contribute to key learnings of what works in integrated care in the region and state as a whole. The results of the evaluation will be used to:

  •      Monitor and improve processes
  •      Share experiences
  •      Develop the evidence base for integrated care
  •      Develop understanding of costs and benefits of implementing changed models of care

Design and Method

 The evaluation is using a mixed method approach, drawing on program logics and on data collected through surveys, case studies, a costing study and interviews with a range of stakeholders to explore  strategy implementation, patient experiences and journey through care, impacts on service utilisation and costs.  


Karen Gardner Phone: 9931 9274 Email:

Key Partners

WNSW Integrated Care Strategy partners through the WNSW Health Intelligence Unit and a consortium of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) University of NSW, The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE), University of Te


Western NSW Local Health District

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Health System Integration and Primary Health Care Development
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