Broken Hill Centre for Remote Health Research
The Centre for Remote Health Research (CRHC) aims to enhance the national expertise in rural and remote health research and the translation of research into policy and practice.
The Centre was established in 2003 as a joint initiative with the former Far West Area Health Service to expand the existing capacity for rural health research and development in Far Western NSW.
The Centre is a unit of the University of Sydney’s Broken Hill Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) that undertakes health services and clinical research which impacts directly on policy and practice, for the benefit not only of Far West NSW, but other remote parts of Australia.
Scope and functions
The Centre’s activities are informed by local research needs in Far West NSW, while also using its base in Broken Hill as a ‘natural laboratory’ of national significance. Its contribution nationally is enriched through its membership of the Australian Rural Health Research Collaboration and through collaborations with other rural and remote health research units.
The Centre’s objectives are:
- To work with the communities and health service providers in Far Western NSW to identify and undertake research, evaluation, and development on health and health related issues
- To engage in, and lead, collaborative research on rural and remote health issues of national and international significance
- To build research capacity at the BH UDRH and in rural health services to increase capacity to provide research leadership and attract research funding
- To promote the translation of rural health research into policy and practice at a regional, state and national level.
The principles which underpin the objectives for Centre for Remote Health Research are:
- Working with communities
- Promoting an environment of mutual respect
- Commitment to ethical research
- Commitment to excellence in research
- Commitment to supporting remote health researchers
The aim of the partnership between the Centre and the local health service providers is to jointly plan and undertake research into issues of importance to the health outcomes of the residents and communities in western NSW.
The strategies to achieve the broad aim of the partnership are:
- Research capacity building for health practitioners
- Joint research projects to inform policy and practice change
- Conjoint appointments across the organisations, particularly in the areas of planning and population health