About the Foundation

In June 2000, HCF established The HCF Research Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable trust established to encourage health service research for the benefit of HCF contributors and the public generally. Read more…

Health services research examines how people get access to health care, how much health care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The Foundation considers the main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety.

The objectives of The HCF Research Foundation health services research programme are to assist the improvement of prevention, treatment and cure of diseases in the general community by :

  • Funding both primary and translational research depending on the availability of existing research and the most appropriate way of responding to important knowledge gaps;
  • Funding all types of study proposals expected to enhance knowledge and understanding in the field of health services research;
  • Encouraging the production of rigorous and relevant evidence regarding use, costs, quality, access, planning and organization, financing, and outcomes of service that will lead to improvements in health and health services; and
  • Funding research addressing a broad range of aspects of the quality of services: access and equity in provision, relevance and appropriateness to the needs of individuals and communities, effectiveness and efficiency, how services are experienced.

The Foundation’s research programme will therefore clearly address the main dimensions of the health system that are of concern to HCF, The HCF Research Foundation and the community at large: achieving better health outcomes and access to affordable, high quality health care when needed.

HCF has established The HCF Research Foundation with contributions to date of $50 million and has awarded $12 million dollars in grants towards health and medical research since 2002. Some of the areas of research which have been funded include:

  • Disease prevention
  • Disease management
  • Clinical tools
  • Redesign of care
  • Treatment comparison
  • Rehabilitation
  • Patient education

HCF Foundation Grants

Priority areas

The HCF Research Foundation prioritises projects in applied or experimental research in the area of health services research. Priority will be given to projects:

  • Which can be classified as implementation research
  • Which have results which can be implemented in the short to medium term
  • Which are scalable in order that results can affect a larger number of Australians
  • Where the investigative team came from a range or backgrounds including career researchers and clinicians

Referee review

Referees will be asked to review projects at the application stage as well as the final report stage.

Reporting requirements

Payments of funds are contingent on the receipt of satisfactory reports.

  • Progress reports: A progress report will be due each 6 months or at the completion of significant research phases (e.g. Participant recruitment, data collection, etc.)
  • Final report: A final scientific report will be required at the completion of the project. This report will be reviewed by referees.
  • Follow-up report: A follow-up report will be required 12 months after the final report. This report is intended to update the foundation on any further progress which has been made in the area of research and of any publications.


Call for applications

The HCF Research Foundation may advertise for expressions of interest for funding. These advertisements can be seen on this website as well as in the higher education supplement of The Australian newspaper.

Commissioned research

The HCF Research Foundation may on occasion approach researchers regarding areas of particular interest and ask these researchers to submit an expression of interest. Subject to assessment researchers will then be asked to submit a full application.


Applications for funding are not currently being accepted.

Grants awarded

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The HCF Research Foundation

Honorary Secretary
PO BOX 4242,
NSW, 2001


Wayne Adams
HCF Research Foundation Manager
(02) 9290 0263

Board of Directors

Lisa M. McIntyre

Lisa M. McIntyre

B.Sc (Hons), PhD, GAICD

Ms McIntyre was appointed as a Trustee in 2013, became Chair in March 2014 and has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015. She is also a member of the HCF Board and the Board of Manchester Unity. She is a company director for a number of publicly listed and private companies including Silex Systems and Cover-More Ltd, and has held a number of directorships on other company and not-for-profit boards. Prior to 2011, she was a senior partner in global strategic firm L.E.K. Consulting for 20 years and led L.E.K.’s Asia Pacific Healthcare practice in Sydney where she advised health care companies and organisations on strategy and performance issues. Prior to 2002 she led L.E.K.’s US Biotechnology practice in Boston with a particular focus on commercialising innovation in health care.

Claire L. Jackson

Claire L. Jackson

MBBS (Uni of Qld) MD (UQ) MPH (UQ) CertHEcon (Monash) GradCert Management (QUT) FRACGP FAICD

Dr Jackson was appointed as a Trustee in 2013 and has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015. She is also a member of the HCF Board and was also appointed to the Board of Manchester Unity in November 2012. She has been active in general practice undergraduate and postgraduate education and research for many years, and has been extensively involved in health services research and reform since the early 90s. In May 2005 she was appointed to the Chair in General Practice at the University of Queensland. In 2008 she was appointed to the 12 member National Primary Care Strategy Expert Reference Group and provided a commissioned paper for the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission on new models in primary care. Dr Jackson is a member of the Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local since 2011 and appointed to the National Health Performance Authority in 2012. She completed her term as national President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in October 2012.

Helen Lapsley

Helen Lapsley


Prof. Lapsley was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Corporate Trustee in 2015. She is a health economist and holds a professorial appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. She has undertaken consultancies for the Australian Government, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the International Red Cross on a variety of economic and health policy issues including health care financing, the medical workforce, governance of health service providers, and the costs of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use. In 2004 she was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal for outstanding contributions to the Australian Healthcare Industry in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research.

Prof. Lapsley is an author and co-author of more than 200 publications, including books, monographs and papers in scholarly journals. She is currently a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal and the Prosthesis List Advisory Committee of the Australian Government.

S. M. Larkin

S. M. Larkin


Mr Larkin, the Managing Director of HCF, was appointed as a Trustee in 2010 and has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015.

Mr Larkin joined HCF as a General Manager in 1997 and after serving in a number of executive roles (Strategic Development; Benefits Management; Corporate Ventures; and Operations), in December 2009, he was selected to be the next Managing Director of HCF.

Prior to joining HCF, Mr Larkin was based in Singapore for four years where he led the establishment of a network of ambulatory medical centres throughout Asia. Before this he worked for eight years as an executive for a large private hospital operator in Australia and the United States. He is currently a Commissioner on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC).

M. E. Rummery AM

M. E. Rummery AM

B.Univ (Hons) SCU

Ms Rummery was appointed as a Trustee in 2009 and has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015. She is a retired lawyer and is currently a Director of Bureau of Health Information. She is a former Director of HCF and Manchester Unity, as well as Catholic Healthcare Ltd and former Deputy Chancellor of Southern Cross University. She has held the following Ministerial appointments: Co-Chair of the Rural Health Taskforce, Member of the NSW Community and Clinicians Expert Advisory Council, Member of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and for many years was Chair of the Northern Rivers Area Health Service Board. Mrs Rummery was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to health and education and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Southern Cross University.

R. J. Schneider AM

R. J. Schneider AM


Mr Schneider was appointed as a Trustee in 2006, has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015 and is also a member of the HCF Board. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Health Insurance Association (now known as Private Healthcare Australia), a post he held for 22 years concentrating on policy issues relating to health financing and delivery. Prior to joining AHIA he was a journalist and media administrator. He has published extensively including "Making Medicare Better" and two books on politics. He is a member of the NSW Southern Health District and Chair of its Capital Infrastructure Committee.

Mr Schneider was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his contribution to the private health insurance industry and national health policy development and was made a Life Member of the International Federation of Health Plans in 2006 for services to the private health sector. For several years he was an industry representative on the Private Health Insurance Administration Council and the Health Insurance Advisory Committee.

John Yu

John Yu


John Yu was appointed as a Trustee in 2013 and has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015. He is a paediatrician and was formerly Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital in Camperdown and later Westmead. He was Chancellor of the University of NSW from January 2000 till July 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, and is a Fellow of the RACP and RACMA. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and University of Western Sydney. He is the immediate Past Chair of VisAsia at the Art Gallery of NSW where he was previously Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Board of Australian Cancer Research Foundation and the Advisory Boards of the Faculties of Medicine of the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. He was formerly Chair of the George Institute for Global Health, of the Australia China Council of DFAT, and Foundation Chair of the Advisory Board of the NSW Commission for Children and Young People. He has served on the boards of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Penrith Regional Gallery, National Board of Musica Viva, Australian Paediatric Association and the Royal Australiasian College of Physicians. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989, a Companion of the Order in 2001, received the Centenary Medal and was named 1996 Australian of the Year.