The Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Urban Aboriginal Child Health is using research evidence to develop and test strategies to support sustainable and transferable improvements in Aboriginal primary health care.
The Centre is embedded in the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH), which is built on a long‐term collaboration between the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council in NSW (AH&MRC), four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) at Awabakal (Newcastle), RivMed (Wagga Wagga),Tharawal (Campbelltown) and Western Sydney (Mt Druitt), the Sax Institute, Australian National University, University of Sydney, and other partner organisations.
The Centre aims to:
- Understand the health needs and health trajectories of urban Aboriginal children
- Identify barriers to best‐practice primary care for urban Aboriginal children and strategies to address these
- Evaluate the impact on the healthcare of urban Aboriginal children of an integrated ACCHS‐led quality improvement program
- Translate evidence from the Centre’s research into practice and policy through the ACCHSs and policy agencies
- Build research capacity for improving urban Aboriginal child health.