The PCHSS wins the 2021 Macquarie University Research Excellence Award: Five Future-shaping Research Priorities


The PCHSS are honoured to have our work recognised at the 2021 Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards, winning the award for Five Future-shaping Research Priorities. The Macquarie University Academic Awards are awarded every two years and are held to recognise exceptional talent.

Led by Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, the unique structure of the five-year grant embeds the researchers within the health system to work directly with health organisations. This ensures timely and sustainable improvements to the Australian healthcare system which, to date, include informing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety; the development of national healthcare policies; and the evaluation of health system programs and innovative models of care.

“Even before this pandemic, healthcare systems were being challenged by threats to their capacity to deliver high-quality care,” says Jeffrey. “These threats include ageing populations, increasing rates of chronic and complex diseases, fragmented services, growing cost pressures from new technologies and medicines, wasteful spending on low-value care and limited use of data and evidence to support healthcare system changes.”

PCHSS research directly informed the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety. Our researchers also contributed to the development of national healthcare policies (e.g., the National Primary Health Care Strategic Framework) and the evaluation of implemented health system programs and guideline development.

Since 2017, PCHSS researchers have published more than 460 peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters and reports, and have been featured in more than 800 media stories. They have convened 465 stakeholder meetings, webinars, and master classes.

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