HCF Research Foundation seeking interest from health services researchers

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The HCF Research Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from Australian researchers on improved ways to provide high-quality care to better patient outcomes.

The HCF Research Foundation will commit $1 million in funding to a number of research grants for distribution in early 2019.

HCF said the Foundation is seeking EOIs from research projects that address the following topics:

  • Reducing hospital-acquired complications as identified by the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care;
  • Leveraging existing clinical registry data to positively impact patient outcomes; and,
  • Reducing the incidence of low-value care provided in the hospital setting.

According to HCF Research Foundation Chair, Lisa McIntyre, “The mission of the HCF Research Foundation is to support researchers in finding strategies to improve ways of working in the health care system as a whole, to drive better health outcomes for all Australians.

“We know that the health care system needs to evolve in order to ensure the best outcomes for patients. With this year’s funding we are specifically looking for researchers who are actively improving the quality of medical care, minimising complications and ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate care for their needs.

“We’re proud to be the only research foundation that commits 100 per cent of its funding to health services research undertaken by Australian researchers.”

Research grants awarded by the HCF Research Foundation for 2018 ranged in value from $80,000 to $240,000.

It said it will prioritise applications involving collaborations between investigators from a range of backgrounds, including career researchers, practising clinicians, policymakers and and the private sector.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00pm (AEST) on 14 June 2018.