HCF Research Foundation welcomes six new research projects
The HCF Research Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million in research grants to six successful Australian researchers who are tackling key healthcare issues including palliative care and mental health care, as well as how health systems can best use registry data to directly improve health systems and patient outcomes.
Using GP data to calculate risk of ED presentation
Professor Christopher Pearce and his team at Outcome Health have developed a machine learning algorithm to calculate a patient’s risk of an Emergency Department (ED) presentation, based on general practice (GP) patient information and ED admissions data.
Empowering women to make informed decisions about their breast cancer treatment
Dr Nicholas Zdenkowski and his team at Breast Cancer Trials Ltd (formerly known as Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group) created a decision-making tool for women who are offered pre-operative chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer. With help from the HCF Research Foundation, their research has tested the tool and shown its effectiveness in a clinical setting.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Appendicitis Study
Dr Mary McCaskill and her team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead have developed a safe and effective model of care for children presenting to the emergency department (ED) with possible appendicitis.
The inaugural ICHOM Australasian Forum
As the topic of value-based care gains momentum globally, HCF continues to play a leading role in shaping the agenda and informing the direction of this critical transformation in Australia. Central to this work is HCF’s collaboration with the Boston-based and Harvard-affiliated International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), which entered its second year in April 2017. Together, HCF and ICHOM are working to define international standards for quality measurement and to evaluate the feasibility and impact of these standards in clinical practice.
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 recording of tips gathered from the carer for effective communication and supportive care to promote personalised care.
Download the HCF Research Foundation Impact Review prepared by UNSW Social Policy Research Unit.