The goal of the Partnership Centres initiative is to bring teams of researchers and decision-makers together to create better health services and health by collaborative work on priority themes determined by the needs of the health and health care systems.

Partnership Centres aim to improve the availability and quality of research evidence for clinicians, managers and policy makers. By building Australia’s capacity to produce and use high quality applied research these centres help provide answers to the complex and difficult questions that these decision makers face when trying to improve Australians’ health and health care. 

NHMRC Partnership Centres have national reach and are supported jointly by NHMRC and organisations with an interest in using research to advance their mission.

The broad objectives of Partnership Centres are to:

  1. support the implementation of research-informed changes in health and health care systems;
  2. synthesise and disseminate research relevant to improving health and health care system performance;
  3. undertake collaborative research; and
  4. build capacity, both within the research community to undertake applied research, and within the system to use research as part of change management.

Partnership Centre: Health System Sustainability

The Health System Sustainability Partnership Centre was launched in December 2016. The Centre is jointly governed and funded to the value of $9.75 million over five years by NHMRC, Bupa Health Foundation, NSW Health and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Further information about the Health System Sustainability Partnership Centre 

Partnership Centre: System perspectives on preventing lifestyle-related chronic health problems (The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre) 

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre was established in June 2013 for an initial five year term. On 9 July 2018, Minister Hunt, the Minister for Health and Minister McKenzie, the Minister for Rural Health, jointly announced that the Centre was successful in securing funding for a second five year term.

This Centre is jointly funded to the value of  $15.8 million by NHMRC, the Australian Government Department of Health, The State of New South Wales, Health Directorate - The Australian Capital Territory, Department for Health and Wellbeing - Government of South Australia, Department of Health and Human Services - Tasmanian Government, Cancer Council Australia and Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

Joint Ministerial media release - See Downloads 

Further information about The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre 

Partnership Centre: Dealing with cognitive and related functional decline in older people (the 'Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre')

The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre was launched in April 2013. The Centre is jointly funded to the value of $25 million over five years by NHMRC and its partners: HammondCare (NSW), Helping Hand Aged Care (SA), Brightwater Care Group (WA) and Dementia Australia.

Further information about the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre