Centre of Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement

About:

Our vision for the Centre of Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement (CRE-IQI) is to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes by accelerating and strengthening large-scale primary healthcare quality improvement efforts. Continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives are increasingly seen as an effective way of achieving this goal. Integrated quality improvement embeds CQI approaches into the core business of an organisation, creating a culture of improvement and systems that support it.

Led by the University of Sydney’s University Centre for Rural Health, the NHMRC funded CRE-IQI (2014-2019) involves a collaboration between researchers, policy and service delivery partners who have a long-standing commitment to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Visit soon for a full list of peer-review publications 

 

An innovation platform

The CRE-IQI has been established as an ‘innovation platform’. An innovation platform is a network of stakeholders who come together to exchange knowledge and develop joint action to bring about change. Innovation platforms help to break down siloes and create environments in which knowledge and innovation can thrive. They play a role in coordination, identification and addressing institutional and policy constraints and scaling up and out of best practices and learnings from experience.

 

Key areas of research:

  1. Refine and build new processes and tools
  2. Improve data reporting systems
  3. Improve use of CQI data in clinical governance, management and practice
  4. Build CQI capacity in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce
  5. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the CRE-IQI/ Innovation Platform

 

Flagship projects:

 Engaging stakeholders in identifying priority evidence-practice gaps and strategies for improvement (ESP Project). Project lead; Ross Bailie, University of Sydney.

  1. Ongoing data analysis from ABCD National Research Partnership. Project lead; Ross Bailie, University of Sydney.
  2. Quality improvement in Aboriginal primary health care: Learning from the best to better the rest. Project lead; Sarah Larkins, James Cook University.
  3. CQI and social and emotional wellbeing. Project lead; Komla Tsey, James Cook University
  4. Evaluation of the CRE-IQI as an innovation platform

 

Collaborators: 

We welcome the development of new partnerships as the CRE-IQI establishes links with other organisations. The George Institute for Global Health; Menzies School of Health Research; James Cook University; Central Queensland University; Hunter Medical Research Institute; Northern Territory Department of Health; The Lowitja Institute; Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory; South Australia Health and Medical Research Council; Apunipima Cape York Health Council; Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Inala Indigenous Health Service); Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council; Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia; National Community Controlled Health Organisation; Queensland Health; The University of Queensland; The University of South Australia.

 

Chief investigators

  • Professor Ross Bailie, University Centre for Rural Health – North Coast (University of Sydney)
  • Associate Professor David Peiris, The George Institute for Global Health
  • Dr Frances Cunningham, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Professor Sarah Larkins, James Cook University
  • Professor Christopher Doran, Central Queensland University
  • Professor Alan Cass, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Ms Lynette O’Donoghue, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Dr Paul Burgess, Northern Territory Department of Health
  • Professor Komla Tsey, James Cook University

 

Associate investigators

  • Ms Kerry Copley, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
  • Professor Alex Brown, South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute
  • Ms Louise Clark, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Associate Professor Andrew Searles, Newcastle University, Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Associate Professor Mark Wenitong, Apunipima Cape York Health Council
  • Professor Deborah Askew, Inala Indigenous Health Service/ Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Associate Professor Janya McCalman, Central Queensland University
  • Ms Ru Kwezda (personal capacity)
  • Dr Elizabeth Moore, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
  • Professor Sabina Knight, James Cook University
  • Ms Jenny Brands, Menzies School of Health Research

 

CRE-IQI Staff based at the UCRH:

 

For more information about the CRE-IQI contact Jodie Bailie jodie.bailie@sydney.edu.au

 

 

 

 


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