2015 will be a year of major change and opportunity in primary health care (PHC) in Australia.

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Health Reform, Planning & Evaluation, Research,

Key elements, such as the transition to primary health networks, as well as outcomes from the mental health services review, will transform the PHC sector. Innovative PHC research is needed to inform the new partnerships, new goals and new benchmarks that will be required for both the sector and the workforce.

A strong, responsive and cost effective health system requires research that is grounded in these realities. It needs to be strategically focused, relevant and timely and agile to meet changing needs. This is achieved by researchers working from the outset with people who will utilise the research. It is not just about the publications. Research needs to matter. It needs to matter to Government, to consumers, to policy and to practice.

The PHC Research Conference is the key national opportunity for knowledge exchange and the fostering of integrated networks across the breadth of the health system. At the core of successful integration is effective face to face communication and this conference is the place to commence, develop and continue purposeful conversations to improve PHC outcomes read more