• Joanne Cantoni-Pudniks

Australian Research Funding System



Using research

Making practical outcomes for successful implementation of safe, quality healthcare in all settings.

Aligning research to make changes for people in need, ensures quality interventions, parity and improvements of outcomes in health. To lead these initiatives, planning and counselling amongst higher authority organisations using knowledge from scientific, clinical and medical studies is essential. The wisdom gained from these industry expert organisations and their experiences prioritises with implementation strategies to justify research.

Health services research focuses on changing policies, improving efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system. In Australia, immediate and critical issues regarding the vulnerable and disadvantaged are requiring increasing investments.

To ensure these consumer needs are met, a national initiative has been made to include consumers more. The Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research (2016) shares the vision:

Consumers, community members, researchers and research organisations working in partnerships, to improve the health and well-being of all Australians through health and medical research

(Australian Government, 2017).

Collaboration has shown to improve patient experiences and care through adherence to treatment regimens and focus on improving functional abilities. The outcomes are reducing rates of readmission, healthcare acquired infections and length of stays (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, 2012), Patient costs and liability claims are less, Workers have higher workplace satisfaction and there is improved staff retention (Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2015)

Thomson Reuters InCites has researched the reality of Australia's impact in health services research and its position in world ranking shows research in health services has been neglected in comparison to biomedical and clinical sciences (as cited in Australian Government Science, 2015).


Figure 1. International Citation Comparison, 2010 to 2014 (Australian Government, Science, 2015).

Government encouragement

In 2015 the Australian Government assessed the priorities of health services and public health research.

Immediate and critical action was needed to improve the focus. Initiatives were made for better public policy formulation and health services management.

Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (HSRAANZ) have connected with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs). Through this collaboration the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has been improving medical technology and advancing health care for Australians (Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2017).

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the other main agency working for the Australian Government. It competes with the NHMRC in allocating research funding to academics and researchers.

Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand

Since 2001, the HSRAANZ has facilitated communication and promoted education between individual researchers, corporate research groups, agencies and government policymakers.

The main areas of interest are Emerging Researchers and Indigenous Health Services Research (Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand, 2107).

Sustaining capacity for healthcare services requires promotion of excellence, advocacy, funding for research, encouragement of strategically integrated research, collegiality and communication and exchanging of views to policymakers. (Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand, 2017).

National Health and Medical Research Council

The NMRC is a leading national investor and advisor of health and medical research. It administers approximately $800 million each year for a variety of grants and develops ethical behavioural and conduct guidelines for; public or population health: health and research ethics: clinical practice (Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2017).

Next Generation Clinical Researchers program

- $78 million in clinical researcher fellowships

(Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2017)

The Medical Research Future Fund

- $20 billion investment in the health, economy and the sustainability

(Research Australia, n.d.)

Boosting Preventative Health Research

- $10 million investment lead by The Australian Preventative Health Partnership Centre (TAPPC)

(Australian Government, Department of Health, 2018)

Accelerated Research Investment

- $11.5 million investment in health and prioritising medical research and filling gaps in research effort.

(Australian Government, Department of Health, 2018)

  • CanTeen supporting adolescents and young adults with cancer

  • Cure4MND for motor neuron disease

  • Australian Epilepsy Research Fund SYNGAP-1 project

  • Jean Hailes Foundation for endometriosis

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

- $5.9 million research initiative to prevent, detect and respond to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in aged care facilities.

(Australian Government, Department of Health, 2018)

Fellowships

Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship

Early Career Fellowship

Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship Scheme

Clinical Research

The Research Fellowships Scheme

Practitioner Fellowships

Career Development Fellowships

Scholarships

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme


Figure 2. Science, Research and Innovation Budget Tables 2017–18 (Australian Government, Australian Research Council, 2018).

Australian Research Council

The ARC is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government. It is committed and responsible for giving researchers parity of opportunity to growing knowledge and innovation (Australian Government, Australian Research Council, 2017).

The ARC can work alone or with the NHMRC to fund the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) and consists of two elements—Discovery and Linkage (Australian Government, Australian Research Council, 2018).


Figure 3. The Australian Research Council funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Program (Australian Government, Australian Research Council, 2015).

ARC Discovery Program - individual researchers and projects.

ARC Linkage Program - help to broker partnerships between researchers and industry, government and community organisations as well as the international community.

With the permissible overly of grant applications, the Office of NHMRC has conducted a review for the CEO to efficientise and prioritise their management. To maintain interest from early and mid-career researcher, advocacy and supportive measures, new programs and funding schemes are estimated to make valuable changes for creative and innovated research, offer shining researchers opportunities and improve time efficiency in applications and peer reviews for research grants (Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2017).

A new grant program was announced on May, 2017:

Changes to the Linkage Projects Funding commencing in 2018.

Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

The NHMRC excelled in 2015 by internationally announcing the accreditation of Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres in 2015 as the world's best. More centres have been announced, integrating health services, education of health professionals. The stand enables the breaking of barriers enslaving federal industry leaders by improving with pace and scale. Funding makes research valuable by translating experimental and statistical research to improve patient well-being.

The nine Advanced Translation Centres have established an Advanced Health Research Alliance (New South Wales Government, Health, 2017).

As leaders, Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres translate evidence for research, education and healthcare delivery. They enable collaboration of partnership between hospital/s, universities and associated medical research institutes.

NHMRC accredited translation centres:

Acknowledgment for:

(Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research, Council, 2017; Smith, 2015)

An example of governance structure and leadership of a translation centre is well displayed by the New South Wales Regional Health Partners Centre for Innovation in Regional Health.


Figure 4. Centre Governance (New South Wales Regional Health Partners, 2017).

Translating research into practice fellowship aiming for excellence in patient care. Knowledge in policies and practices are disseminated widely to an international population.

Medical Research Future Fund

The Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016 – 2021 Determination is a $20 billion support for health and medical research. It is the largest contribution the Australian Government has proposed. The expanse of research knowledge from finance, organisations, delivery and outcomes provides a forum for discussions and collaborations (Australian Government, Department of Health, 2018).

The areas that should benefit the most are of the strategic platforms: strategic and international horizons; data and infrastructure; health services and system; capacity and collaboration; trials and translation and· commercialisation (Australian Government, 2016).

There will be a flow of funding for health and medical research facilitating the National Health and Medical Research Industry Growth Plan.

Investing in Health and Medical Research

Mental health

Advanced Health Research Translation Centres and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health

Preventative health

Health systems research

Women’s health

National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan

Genomics

Frontier health

Clinical trials

Diabetes and heart disease research translation

Industry collaboration

Biomedical and medical technology programs

Data sharing

Priority development

Administrative costs

With governmental organisations and alliances supporting structure and readiness with funding initiatives there is a need for vigilant researchers to generate interesting new ideas. Highly relevant research findings need to be accessible and registered.

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