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The HCF Research Foundation continues to fund high-quality health services research for the benefit of HCF members and all Australians. This year we completed a successful three-year strategic partnership with the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM); enhanced our scholarship program with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP); supported the ongoing implementation of Professor Adam Elshaug’s internationally recognised work in low-value care; and continued our unique Expressions of  Interest (EOI) program.

Our EOI program is designed to ensure clinical researchers can access funding to help improve a variety of gaps and issues in the delivery of health services to patients. The 2019 EOI program engaged a further seven recipients, providing an additional $1 million in research grants for projects aiming
to improve the delivery of health services in Australia. These projects will address key healthcare issues, including aged care, pain management and the improvement of the hospital discharge process to enhance patient knowledge. The recurring theme in these projects is creating better patient outcomes through improving efficiency and reducing low-value care. Aged care, pain management and patient literacy are all key areas for improving health service delivery.

Our joint scholarship program with the RACGP has recently provided scholarships  to three additional GP researchers:

  • Dr Oliver Frank who aims to increase immunisation in general practice for invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza in people under 65 years old
    who are at higher risk of these infections.
  • Dr Matthew Grant who is establishing patterns of primary care usage to improve experiences for people with cancer as they approach end of life.
  • Dr Katrina Giskes who will develop and test an interventional ECG self-screening station in urban general practices to detect atrial fibrillation–the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a growing health problem in the ageing population.

As the Foundation completes its three-year strategic alliance with ICHOM, it’s worth reflecting on the positive impact this partnership has had. Together, we have engaged the Australian health community in the important field of understanding what outcomes really matter to patients following healthcare interventions.

The Foundation directly invested in the development of three international outcomes measurement sets: Pregnancy and Childbirth, Oral Health, and the
Overall Adult Health measurement tool.

The Foundation provided additional grants for Australian researchers to undertake implementation research of ICHOM measurement tools, including with Associate Professor Georgina Chambers, Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU), who is investigating models of childbirth using the Pregnancy and Childbirth set; and Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman, a member of the working group that developed the ICHOM Standard Set for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, to implement the tool within a major Australian hospital. This additional funding embeds the work our Foundation achieved with ICHOM within clinical practice, helping to improve outcome measurements for all patients.

Finally, HCF has invested in implementing ICHOM’s world-leading work via a Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) pilot for hip and knee replacement surgery for its own 1.5 million members. HCF member engagement in this exciting new field has been extremely encouraging!

As a major contributor to the successful Australian ICHOM Forum in Australia, the HCF Foundation has shown definitive leadership and vision in investing in health research that matters to HCF’s 1.5 million members and to all Australians.

Lisa McIntyre
Chair, HCF Research Foundation

Board of directors

Full information and bios of our HCF Foundation Board of Directors.

History of the Foundation

The HCF Research Foundation 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 donated 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.

Mission & vision


The HCF Research Foundation’s mission is to improve the delivery of health services in Australia for the benefit of all Australians. We do this by funding research projects that focus on new ways to provide high quality care to improve patient outcomes.


To be known as a leading independent funder of high quality research that leads to the improvement of health care services for all Australians.

To facilitate easy-to-access funding so researchers can focus their efforts on delivering the benefits of their research projects.

To drive more research by providing transparent and fair funding opportunities for all Australian researchers, institutions and organisations.


HCF funded 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.

Media releases

Media releases in relation to our HCF Foundation work.

Year in Review

Our recent projects and research outcomes in the HCF Research Foundation Year in Review.

How to contact us

Email: hcf_foundation@hcf.com.au

Phone: Wayne Adams, HCF Research Foundation Manager - 02 9290 8811

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