Here in the southern hemisphere, the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and research from the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability (PCHSS) is hot off the press! We reflect on the latest research findings and recommendations made by PCHSS investigators and partners, and on our achievements and events.

What is the PCHSS?

The PCHSS is a $10.75M, five-year collaboration involving 17 lead investigators, 20 expert advisors, and over 40 system implementation partners from around Australia. Our vision is that our research findings significantly influence the development of a more resilient health care system – one that is affordable, cost effective, and delivers improved health outcomes for all Australians.


Save the Date for the PCHSS Research Showcase!

16 June 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

To celebrate the six years that PCHSS investigators and partners have invested in improving the sustainability of healthcare systems, we are holding a research showcase, entitled:

Future proofing healthcare: What evidence tells us about creating sustainable healthcare systems

The day will include presentations by world-renowned researchers and an interactive simulation of healthcare systems. The presentations will cover areas of PCHSS research, such as improving patient safety, incorporating digital health technologies into health systems, reducing wasteful and low-value care, improving health services using health economics, and developing learning healthcare systems as well as discussions on decarbonising healthcare systems. In the interactive simulation, the audience will be challenged to think outside the box and generate new ideas to improve the healthcare system.

This will be a hybrid event. You are welcome to join us in-person at Macquarie University or online.


Register here:


Follow us on Twitter (@PCHSS_AIHI) or check the PCHSS website for more details.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Implementation Science Interest Group Seminar

The Implementation Science Interest Group (ISIG), formed by researchers at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), is an interactive forum that aims to share knowledge and skills across a diverse group of people interested in implementation science.

The ISIG have organised for Dr Matthew Chinman to present directly from the USA on the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) Outcomes Addendum, which aims to guide researchers in the use of implementation outcomes in their work.

The event will be held on Monday, 27 March 2023 at 12:30pm – 1:30pm AEDST.

More details are to be released! For more information on ISIG and contact details, click here.


Congratulations to Professor Johanna Westbrook and Professor Shlomo Berkovsky on their awards at Research Australia’s 19th Annual Health and Medical Research Awards.

Professor Westbrook received the prestigious Health Services Research Award, which recognised her achievements and leadership in evaluating the effects of information and communication technology in health care. Professor Berkovsky was presented a commendation award in the Data Innovation category for his contribution to research on privacy issues with mobile health apps. Well done to both of you for this fantastic achievement!

Professor Westbrook was also conferred the Distinguished Senior Investigator Award by the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand. This recognised Professor Westbrook’s significant contributions and leadership to the health services research field and health policy in Australia and New Zealand. Congratulations again, Johanna!


Since our last newsletter, PCHSS investigators published more than 25 papers, abstracts, reports, and other research works. These, and our papers, are available on the Our Publications page on our website. Notable recent examples of our publications include:


Since our last newsletter, there have been more than 15 popular press stories covering PCHSS research.

Here is a sample of news stories from the past few months:


PCHSS lead investigator Professor Enrico Coiera and Professor Farah Magrabi recently edited a focus issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) that provides a blueprint for action to mitigate the impacts of climate change on human health, primarily focusing on informatics. Given the current, future, and large-scale impacts of climate change on humans and the healthcare system, this special issue provides critical pieces of research that could help reduce the current climate crisis.

Other PCHSS researchers also contributed to this edition. These articles included:


PCHSS’ researchers won over $5,786,000 in new funding and contracts in the last quarter. Examples of some of the new projects include:

  • Research conducted by Professor Rachelle Buchbinder and colleagues that examines consumer-focused opportunities for reducing low-value care for arthritis. This project is being funded by Arthritis Australia.
  • Research conducted by Professor Westbrook, Professor Braithwaite and colleagues that focuses on using virtual care and infrastructure innovation in Australian healthcare facilities. This is being funded as an NHMRC Partnership Project.
  • The Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trial Network (ANZMUSC), which is an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence chaired by Professor Buchbinder.


Transitions to Green Care

On 31 October 2023, PCHSS and the Implementation Science Interest Group (ISIG) from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation hosted international guest Dr Hans Ossebaard who spoke about ‘Transitions to Green Care’. Dr Ossebaard works at the Dutch national Health Care Institute as a strategic advisor on sustainable healthcare innovation. His talk focused on the integration of sustainability into healthcare, including the reduction of healthcare’s ecological footprint. It was a privilege to host such a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, and it was great to hear about what options there are for implementation of sustainable healthcare.

Follow us on Twitter @PCHSS_AIHI for notifications of upcoming events and registration links.

Videos of other past events are available on our YouTube Channel.

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