More than 85% of Australians access primary healthcare at least once a year. Primary care is the first level of healthcare and provides the gateway by which patients access innovative treatments and medications made possible by medical research.
Our research informs not only more effective use of the $55 billion of annual health expenditure on primary healthcare in Australia, but the efficiency and equity of the health system as whole.
The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) was established in 2005 and is closely linked with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. It aims to promote better, fairer health care in the community through research and translation.
The Centre’s major research areas concern prevention and management of chronic conditions, primary healthcare integration and development, health equity and health in the environment, and primary care informatics.
We draw heavily on public health and health services research methods, for example in descriptive research using large linked administrative health data sets, in conducting complex community based trials, and in mixed qualitative and quantitative research methods to evaluate the translation and implementation of research evidence into practice.