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Read "Ingham Awards Dinner: the Oscars of Research" here: https://southwestsydneyresearch.org.au/ingham-awards-night-the-oscars-night-of-research/

"World Pancreatic Cancer Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness in the community about this deadly cancer, but it is also a day to admire the courage and resilience of patients and their carers." CONCERT Member, Minoti Apte https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/world-pancreatic-cancer-day-increasing-awareness-and-inspiring-action?utm_source=medicine&utm_medium=social-team

It's nearly the end of the year but our Events page is still brimming with exciting workshops, seminars and conferences from our members and beyond. Check them out here. https://www.southwestsydneyresearch.org.au/events/

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PHN South Western Sydney

The Innovative Models Promoting Access-to-Care Transformation (IMPACT) study is a five year research program that aims to develop and evaluate models of care that enhance access and reduce unmet need, avoidable emergency department visits and avoidable hospitalisations for vulnerable populations. South Western Sydney Medicare Local has partnered with the University of NSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, and the South Western Sydney Local Health District to undertake this project.

The research is conducted by Local Innovation Partnerships (LIPs) set up in regions of 3 Australian states and 3 Canadian provinces (Alberta, Ontario and Québec). It has four main objectives:

  • To develop a network of partnerships between decision makers, researchers, clinicians and members of the vulnerable communities to support the improvement of access to primary health care for vulnerable populations;
  • To identify organisational, system level community based primary health care interventions designed to improve access to appropriate care for vulnerable populations, and establish the effectiveness and scalability of the most promising organisational innovations;
  • To support the selection, adaptation and implementation of organisational innovations that align with local populations’ needs and priorities; and
  • To evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency and further scalability of these organisational innovations.

The IMPACT program of research involves four interconnected research projects:

  • Project 1 – Scoping of organizational innovations
  • Project 2 – Realist view of potential innovations
  • Project 3 – Context and improving access
  • Project 4 – Trialing evidence based access innovations locally

The LIPs will identify regional gaps in access to community based primary health care for vulnerable populations, and then work with researchers to identify evidence based approaches to address these gaps. Promising innovations will be trialed and evaluated in each of the LIP regions.

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