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Bringing evidence to bear on policy processes: the challenge of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute

Nicholas J Glasgow, John E Marley, Linda J Kristjanson, Janette A Donovan, Sally J Hall, Mark F Harris, David M Lyle, Elizabeth J Kerr and Frith Rayner
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (8): 46.

The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) is part of the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) strategy.1 The Institute was the most recent element of the PHCRED strategy to be established, beginning research activities following the appointment of the Research Advisory Board (RAB) in November 2003. APHCRI’s mission is to “provide national leadership in improving the quality and effectiveness of primary health care through the conduct of high quality priority-driven research and the support and promotion of best practice”.2 APHCRI has a specific focus on the links between primary health care evidence and policy. Its activities not only fund research programs, but also seek to build capacity within the research community and policy community to facilitate the adoption of evidence into policy.

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  • Nicholas J Glasgow1
  • John E Marley2
  • Linda J Kristjanson3
  • Janette A Donovan4
  • Sally J Hall4
  • Mark F Harris5
  • David M Lyle6
  • Elizabeth J Kerr1
  • Frith Rayner1

  • 1 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA.
  • 4 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 5 Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 6 Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney, Broken Hill, NSW.


Competing interests:

The Secretariat of APHCRI book and pay for Janette Donovan’s travel to and from meetings of the RAB.

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