Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development

Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development

PHCRED (Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development) is a national strategy funded federally by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing aimed at encouraging and supporting research and evaluation capacity building in primary health care (including General Practice).

The Discipline of General Practice at the University of Newcastle has been allocated research capacity building funding until the end of 2009. The local PHCRED program is known as the Capacity Building in Research and Evaluation Program (CAPRE). This funding allows us to support and develop research capacity in primary health care in the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and the North West regions of NSW.


Over the past 5 years the CAPRE Program has funded a number of major activities. These activities include:

  • An annual regional PHC Research Network Forum.
  • Annual CAPRE Writing Retreat providing attendees with tips on writing for publication and protected writing time.
  • The instigation of regional Primary Health Care Research Networks.
  • A number of research skills workshops and seminars for regional PHC stakeholders.
  • The submission of several grant applications for research projects with a multidisciplinary primary health care focus.
  • Research mentoring with individual practitioner research and evaluation advice, training and support.

Our Current Focus

We continue to build on our previous capacity building activities and focus on embedding and supporting a research culture in PHC. The activities will include a focus on research networks, supporting practitioners to conduct practice-based research and evaluation projects; and supporting individuals to explore options for undertaking PHC research including research higher degrees.

Join a Research Network

The establishment the Research Networks is part of our comprehensive research capacity building program. There are currently two research networks that are supported in the region.

The Health Evaluation and Research Network (HEARNet)

HEARNet is open to any primary health care professional within the local area who has an interest in research and wishes to be involved in collaborative projects and sharing of research and evaluation information.

Join as a HEARNet member and receive regular communications regarding capacity building activities and reports of local PHC research and evaluation projects via the regular newsletter, HEARNet News.

The Network of Research General Practices (NRGP)

The NRGP is being established in the Hunter, Central Coast and New England regions of NSW. PHC practitioners (GPS, practice nurses and allied health staff) who are interested in being supported to conduct research and evaluation projects within their own general practice setting are invited to join. Please see the NRGP information flyer for further details.

What the CAPRE Program Offers

  • Research support and advice (eg. Reviewing grant applications, advice on preparing Human Research Ethics Applications, writing research questions, study design and method advice)
  • Research skills training workshops and seminars
  • Possibility of fractional research fellowship appointments for PHC early career researchers under the Researcher Development (RDP) Program.
  • Participation in a Critical Appraisal Journal Club
  • Opportunity to present research projects and network at Regional PHC Research Forums.
  • Individual membership of the Health Evaluation and Research Network (HEARNet).

CAPRE Key contacts

Dr Parker Magin
GP Research Academic

Ms Susan Goode
Program Coordinator

Dr Terry Joyce
Research Academic

Ms Georgina Cotter
Project Officer

Ms Debbie Mutton
Research Administrator


Primary Health Care Research Information Service (PHCRIS)

New South Wales Primary Health Care Collaboration (NSW PHC)