HCF Research Foundation


We encourage examination and improvement of the provision, administration and delivery of health services to consequently effect positive changes to the health of all Australians


The HCF Research Foundation (the Foundation) is charitable trust which was set up to encourage research and enquiry into the provision, administration and delivery of health services in Australia for the benefit of HCF contributors and the public generally.

HCF has generously made a number of donations since inception to bring the corpus of the Foundation to $50 million. Each year, we aim to commit approximately $2 million dollars from investment income towards research that will benefit our community through improvements in the way that health services are provided, how patients are supported during and after care and prevention of adverse events such as falls in hospital.

Each year, we are proud to see the exciting outcomes of the research that we fund helping a variety of Australians across a diverse range of health situations. The Foundation’s activities include funding research projects selected through a highly competitive grant process, and funding a select number of Direct Partnerships with an expectation that this method of funding will both improve the availability of monies for health services research and assist in the translation of research. Some examples of our Partnerships include:

  • The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre: A major new $22.6 million partnership research centre to ensure health policy makers can access the best research evidence about what works to address lifestyle-related chronic disease.
  • Supporting Associate Professor Adam Elshaug (University of Sydney): Professor Elshaug is an internationally recognised researcher and policy adviser with expertise in reducing waste and optimising value in health care.
  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: This partnership provides specific funding to General Practitioners to undertake health services research.
  • These projects, amongst many, are outlined in more detail on this website. I encourage you to read them and see how good quality health services research, funded appropriately, can make improvements to the health system for everyone’s benefit.

Lisa M. McIntyre

The HCF Research Foundation, now in its 14th year, was established in 2000 as The HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation to fund health and medical research for the benefit of all Australians. In 2008 the focus was moved towards health services research, an area of research which does not receive large funding dollars from other sources. In 2013 the name was simplified to HCF Research Foundation and in 2015 a Corporate Trustee was established to manage the Foundation’s affairs. The HCF Research Foundation was originally established with a donation from The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Limited (HCF). While HCF has continued to donate money, the HCF Research Foundation operates independently and with specific focus on funding health services research that can benefit all 23 million Australians.

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 objectives of the HCF Research Foundation’s health services research program are to improve the prevention, treatment and cure of diseases in the general community by funding research and study proposals that enhance and utilise current knowledge to improve health and health services; and improve the quality, efficiency, access to and equity of provision of health services.

The HCF Research Foundation’s research program therefore addresses 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 and where needed.

The HCF Research Foundation’s mission is to encourage examination and improvement of the provision, administration and delivery of health services to consequently effect positive changes to the health of all Australians. This is achieved by funding research projects that consider the most effective ways to organise, manage, finance and deliver high quality care; reduce errors; and improve patient safety.

  • To be known as an independent funder of high quality research demonstrating that investment in research can contribute to the improvement of the health of Australians.
  • To be easy to deal with so that researchers are not subject to onerous requirements with regards to applications and reporting in order that they can spend their time focussing on research.
  • To contribute to capacity building in the area of health services research by encouraging new researchers and service providers to partner with career researchers to develop sound project plans.

HCF funds the corpus of the Foundation by donation from the net surplus of the health fund. Since the Foundation’s inception, HCF has made contributions to the Foundation of $50 million.

In 2013/14, the HCF Research Foundation committed more than $2.1 million towards health services research projects. This was comprised of funds for ten investigator driven grants from the annual Expressions of Interest (EOI) funding round and three direct partnerships. Since inception, the HCF Research Foundation has committed a total of $13.3 million across 28 universities, research institutes and hospitals throughout Australia.

We are proud to present our recent projects and research outcomes in the HCF Research Foundation Year in Review.

Download the Year in Review for more information on our reseach, our partners, and an update from our Chair.

Download the Annual Statutory Report for full details on the Foundation's finances.

Download the HCF Research Foundation Impact Review prepared by UNSW Social Policy Research Unit.



Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest for 2016 are now closed. The information below is for information only. Applications are expected to open again in July 2017.

2016 Call for Expressions of Interest PDF icon PDF icon EOI Application Instructions PDF icon PDF icon EOI Application Form DOCX icon DOCX icon

The Foundation sends out email notifications to interested researchers, institutions and organisations. You can add yourself or your organisation to the Foundations email distribution list to be notified of upcoming EOI’s and other Foundation activities.



HCF Research Foundation
GPO BOX 4242
Sydney, NSW, 2001

Wayne Adams
HCF Research Foundation Manager
0400 002 105

Each year, we are proud to see the exciting outcomes of the research that we fund helping a variety of Australians across a diverse range of health situations.

Lisa M. McIntyre

Grants & Research Achievements

Select a year
Grant Development and piloting of a flexible online secondary prevention program for cardiac patients Help Yourself Online
Principal Researcher Dr Rosemary Higgins
Amount $125,025
Grant A mobile phone administered weight management program tailored for young adults
Principal Researcher Assoc. Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli
Amount $309,202
Grant Top 5 - Improving the care of patients with dementia
Principal Researcher Dr Karen Luxford
Amount $354,900
Grant Minimising post-operative risk through PACT (Post-Anaesthetic Care Tool)
Principal Researcher Dr Maryann Street
Amount $122,820
Grant Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: developing consensus for a pragmatic 'clinical surveillance' definition and measuring current incidence in Australian ICUs
Principal Researcher Professor Doug Elliot
Amount $221,863
Grant Reducing variation in clinical practice: a twin track approach to support improved performance
Principal Researcher Professor Jonathon Karnon
Amount $314,294
Grant An integrated electronic decision support system for cardiovascular disease management
Principal Researcher Dr Julie Redfern
Amount $297,927
Grant An Independent National Clinical Evidence Service
Principal Researcher Professor Enrico Coiera
Amount $988,855
Grant Maximum Recovery after Knee Replacement (MARKER) study
Principal Researcher Dr Marlene Fransen
Amount $465,500
Grant CHOICE study for secondary prevention of heart disease
Principal Researcher Professor Ben Freeman
Amount $604,697
Grant ICARUSS - A Program Of Integrated Care To Reduce Disability And Institutionalisation In Older Australians By Preventing Secondary Stroke
Principal Researcher Dr Jacques Joubert
Amount $1,382,224
Grant Utilisation Review As A Tool To Redesign Rehabilitation And Subacute Care In Australia
Principal Researcher Assoc. Professor Chris Poulos
Amount $326,506
Grant A randomised, single centre study of the equivalence of two interocular lenses used in cataract surgery - Tilganga Intra-Ocular Lens trial
Principal Researcher Professor Hugh Taylor and Professor Rasik Vajpayee
Amount $100,000
Grant Evaluation of Orthopaedic Treatment Effectiveness across Victorian Hospitals
Principal Researcher Dr Donna Urquhart and Professor Peter Cameron
Amount $128,000
Grant Evaluating A Novel, Automated Telephone System For Improving The Long Term Management Of Diabetes
Principal Researcher Professor Brian Oldenburg
Amount $311,032
Grant Effect of interdepartmental transfers on hospital-acquired infection in elective orthopaedic and cardiothoracic patients.
Principal Researcher Ms. Nicole Blay
Amount $98,643
Grant Development and Evaluation of a Screening Instrument for Patients Intending to Undergo Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry
Principal Researcher Ms. Roberta Honigman
Amount $80,155
Grant Effect of progressive exercise training on mobility, cognition and health-care utilisation for acutely hospitalised older patients
Principal Researcher Dr Kwang Lim
Amount $99,223
Grant Patient education processes: does patient background influence the preference for mode of delivery
Principal Researcher Assoc. Professor David Christie
Amount $97,356
Grant Clinical Errors: Their Causes And Frequency In Australian Hospitals
Principal Researcher Professor Johanna Westbrook
Amount $228,023
Grant Use of surgical and radiology checklists in Australian hospitals: uptake, barriers and enablers
Principal Researcher Professor William Runciman
Amount $311,195
Grant Post-natal reminders to test for type 2 diabetes in women who have experienced gestational diabetes mellitus - a randomised controlled trial (the DIAMIND study)
Principal Researcher Dr Emer Heatley
Amount $50,000
Grant Using the electronic Practice Based Research Network (ePBRN) to prevent re-admission for type 2 diabetes
Principal Researcher Dr Sarah Dennis
Amount $376,970
Grant A multi-site audit of current in-hospital falls prevention practices and assessment of the effectiveness of best practice implementation strategies
Principal Researcher Professor Alan Pearson
Amount $265,000
Grant Improving services and outcomes for joint replacement recipients
Principal Researcher Professor Ian Harris
Amount $722,045
Grant Preventing relapse of major depressive disorder in young people: development and piloting of a moderated online social therapy intervention
Principal Researcher Dr Simon Rice
Amount $199,959
Grant Reducing unnecessary test ordering
Principal Researcher Professor John Attia
Administering Institution University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Centre
Amount $372,927
Grant Evaluation of fracture risk calculators for clinical practice
Principal Researcher Assoc. Professor Roderick Clifton-Bligh
Administering Institution University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital
Amount $124,268
Grant Paediatric & Adolescent insulin pump Decision Aid – a Novel Intervention (PANDANI)
Principal Researcher Ms Karen Demangone
Administering Institution Royal Hobart Hospital
Amount $50,023
Grant Design and implementation of an improved pre-admission assessment clinic
Principal Researcher Ms Carmel Kennedy
Administering Institution Macquarie University Hospital
Amount $309,532
Grant Hospital Inpatient versus Home-based rehabilitation after knee replacement (HIHO Study)
Principal Researcher Assoc. Professor Friedbert Kohler
Administering Institution HammondCare and Sydney South West Area Health
Amount $140,463
Grant Consumer preferences for rehabilitation
Principal Researcher Assoc. Professor Friedbert Kohler
Administering Institution HammondCare and Sydney South West Area Health
Amount $43,440
Grant Top 5
Principal Researcher Dr Karen Luxford
Administering Institution Clinical Excellence Commission
Amount $299,900
Grant Investigating Paediatric Appendicitis Scores Study
Principal Researcher Dr Mary McCaskill
Administering Institution The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Amount $175,505
Grant Admission risk calculation in general practice
Principal Researcher Assoc. Professor Christopher Pearce
Administering Institution Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local
Amount $397,989
Grant Evaluation of a decision aid for women considering neoadjuvant systemic therapy for operable breast cancer
Principal Researcher Dr Nicholas Zdenkowski
Administering Institution Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group
Amount $191,936
Grant Feasibility and costs of implementing the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement Standard Set for hip and knee osteoarthritis
Principal Researcher Dr Ilana Ackerman
Administering Institution University of Melbourne
Amount $150,000
Grant A low-cost accessible online program that improves the mental wellbeing of women experiencing depression and/or anxiety during the perinatal period
Principal Researcher Professor Gavin Andrews
Administering Institution St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
Amount $150,000
Grant Evaluating the costs and effectiveness of reduced length of stay for planned caesarean sections
Principal Researcher Dr Lynette Cusack
Administering Institution The University of Adelaide
Amount $46,333
Grant Improving the identification and management of patients with radiographically proven osteoporotic vertebral fractures
Principal Researcher Dr Kirtan Ganda
Administering Institution Concord Repatriation General Hospital
Amount $20,000
Grant Standardising evidence-based interventions to shorten length of stay, reduce readmissions, reduce hospital costs and improve patient-reported outcomes for elderly patients in hospital with pneumonia
Principal Researcher Professor Edward Janus
Administering Institution Western Health
Amount $300,000
Grant Reducing unwarranted variation in early complications following cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator implantation in Australian hospitals
Principal Researcher Dr Isuru Ranasinghe
Administering Institution University of Adelaide
Amount $250,000
Grant Retrospective analysis on the impact of mental health co-morbidities on key outcomes for surgical patients
Principal Researcher Professor Michael Solomon
Administering Institution Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Amount $85,000
Grant Reducing medication misadventure and unplanned hospital admissions: A model of General Practitioner and Pharmacist collaboration in primary care
Principal Researcher Dr Christopher Freeman
Administering Institution The University of Queensland
Amount $150,000
Associate Professor Adam Elshaug

Associate Professor Elshaug has an increasing reputation in the field of policies related to reducing waste and optimising value in health by promoting care which is effective, appropriate and efficient. In essence the delivery of the right care, at the right time in the right place. It is highly topical and important given the concerns in health systems around the world to improve the value for money spent in the health care sector and with improving patient outcomes.

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre is a national collaboration of researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are working together to identify new ways of understanding what works and what doesn’t to prevent lifestyle-related chronic health problems in Australia.

Top 5 – Improving care outcomes for Dementia patients

TOP 5 is one initiative that acknowledges the value of carer information about patients with dementia and other types of cognitive impairment in hospital settings. TOP 5 uses the 3 recording of tips gathered from the carer for effective communication and supportive care to promote personalised care.

Select a year
Title Technological innovation wins in HCF Research Foundation and RACGP Annual Research Grants
Date 9 August 2016
Link PDF
Title Innovative partnership to deliver improved patient outcomes
Date 2 May 2016
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Title Programs aimed at reducing health care errors & improving patient safety receive funding
Date 5 April 2016
Link PDF
Title HCF Research Foundation and RACGP fund innovative General Practice research in chronic disease management
Date 31 August 2015
Link PDF
Title HCF Foundation - funded study to improve care for hospitalised dementia patients
Date 28 April 2015
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Title HCF Research Foundation and The George Institute embark on partnership to address health research shortfall
Date 18 November 2014
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Title HCF Research Foundation joins with RACGP to fund innovative GP research
Date 1 September 2014
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Title The HCF Research Foundation awards more than $2 million for health services research projects
Date 19 March 2014
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Title The Menzies Centre for Health Policy and HCF Research Foundation join forces to attract Associate Professor Adam Elshaug, an academic with an increasing reputation in the field of disinvestment in low value health care
Date 18 September 2013
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Title $20 million investment in chronic disease prevention to benefit Australians
Date 4 September 2013
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Board of Directors

Lisa M. McIntyre

B.Sc (Hons), PhD, GAICD


Claire L. Jackson

MBBS, MD, MPH, CertHEcon, GradCert Management, FRACGP, FAICD


Helen Lapsley



S. M. Larkin



M. E. Rummery AM

B.Univ (Hons) SCU


R. J. Schneider AM



John Yu




Wayne Adams