What was the Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research initiative?

The Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research initiative supported research comparing the effectiveness of a health service or practice with low or insubstantial evidence – this research activity continues as part of the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative.

Why was the Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research initiative important?

Sometimes there is not much evidence to support the use of common medical procedures. It can be hard for doctors to know exactly how effective these procedures are. That can affect:

  • doctors’ decisions about what to do
  • the Government’s decisions about what to fund
  • patients’ quality of life

These evidence gaps can make it more difficult to provide the best health care for individuals.

What were the goals of the Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research initiative?

The purpose of this research funding was to:

  • improve health outcomes for patients
  • promote the use of evidence-based treatments
  • support evidence-based research to inform healthcare policy decisions
  • address areas of healthcare practice that don’t have much evidence behind them
  • support research that improves clinical practice and health outcomes important to the public

Who worked with us on the Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research initiative?

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) continues to fund this activity through the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative.  

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) manages the grants process.

Status

This initiative has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

Contact

For more information contact us.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) contact

Contact for more information about the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), or to provide feedback on the MRFF website.

General enquiries:
MRFF [at] health.gov.au
MRFF website feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
24 December 2019