The Comprehensive Primary Health Care, Health Systems and Workforce Program was one of five programs of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (2003–2009)
The goal of the Comprehensive Primary Healthcare, Health Systems and Workforce (CPHCHSW) program is to improve the performance of health systems with a particular focus on comprehensive primary healthcare services in order to maximise health gains for Aboriginal people.
In order to maximise the achievable health gain for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, improvements are required across the spectrum of health service delivery, including:
- better access to information and uptake of evidence across the health system;
- measurement and improvement of quality of care;
- improved processes for effective interaction with Aboriginal communities;
- development of systems to support Aboriginal governance of health services;
- improved resourcing and efficiency of health services for providing comprehensive primary healthcare;
- enhanced capacity in the workforce of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health professionals.
For more details on the individual projects in this program: CRCAH projects.
The CPHCHSW program was the first CRC for Aboriginal Health program area to apply the Facilitated Development Approach. This has involved the following steps:
- an industry roundtable was held in 2004
- priorities were discussed at the CRC for Aboriginal Health Convocation in 2005
- priorities were drafted into research topics later in 2005
- the CRC for Aboriginal Health community was invited to indicate its interest in being involved in the development of the research in late 2005
- Drafting teams were identified to progress the development of four research topics
- proposals were drafted and subjected to quality assurance processes.