Research Australia’s response to the Department of Health’s consultation endorses the direction of the draft Primary Health Care 10 year Plan and welcomes its recognition of the key role research can and must play if reforms are to be achieved. Research Australia has recommended a sustained investment in translational primary care research that is commensurate with the reform task outlined by the 10 Year Plan.
Research Australia has recommended the creation of an Institute for Primary Health Care Translational Research and Innovation and we have outlined in our response to specific questions the critical role this Institute could play in the implementation of the 10 Year Plan. We propose the development of a primary health care research agenda, supporting each action area of the 10 Year Plan. The Institute would be responsible for delivery of this research agenda.
Read Research Australia’s submission here.
The Primary Health Reform Steering Group has been charged by the Australian Government with assisting the development of a 10 year Plan for Primary Care. Research Australia has used its submission to the Group’s Discussion Paper to make the case for a greater role for research in the new 10 year Plan.
Research Australia welcomes the Plan’s recognition of the key role research can and must play if reforms are to be achieved. Research Australia has argued for research to be integrated onto the system and to be informed by primary care practitioners (including nurses and midwives, allied health and general practitioners) and patients and carers.
As the national peak body for health and medical research, Research Australia has included case studies from its members of relevant primary care research that demonstrates the expertise available in Australia to support implementation of the Steering Group’s Plan.
Research Australia’s submission is available here.