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Research Capacity Building Initiative

 

The Research Capacity Building Initiative (RCBI) was established in 2000 to support University Departments of General Practice and Rural Health to provide training and support in primary health care research, particularly among local practitioners. This initiative continued until 31 December 2011.

The Key Objectives of RCBI were:

  • To increase the pool of primary health care researchers by up-skilling early-mid career researchers, and supporting the sustainable advancement of research careers in primary health care
  • To support early-mid career researchers to undertake more high quality primary health care research and ensure its relevance to policy and practice by aligning it with identified needs and priorities.
  • To disseminate and facilitate the uptake of evidence in policy and practice

Twenty six Australian University Departments of General Practice and Rural Health were funded under the program.

Synthesis of Annual Reports

PHCRIS collected data from the RCBI annual reports that were submitted to the Australian Governement Department of Health.

2009 - Annual report from 26 university departments of general practice and rurla health were summarised. The PHCRIS infonet article What RCBIs achieved in 4 years (2006-2009) provides a comparison of what happened between 2009-2009.

2008 - Annual reports from 26 university departments of general practice and rural health were summarised. The PHCRIS infonet article Fast facts: What a difference the RCBIs (2006 to 2008) have made provides a snapshot of what happened between 2006 and 2008.

2007 - Annual reports from 25 university departments of general practice and rural health were summarised. The PHCRIS infonet article PHCRED Strategy fast facts: Growth in RCBI provides a snapshot of what happened in 2007 (compared to 2006).

2006 - Annual reports from 24 university departments of general practice and rural health were summarised. The PHCRIS infonet article PHCRED Strategy: Fast facts about RCBI provides a snapshot of what happened in 2006.

2005 - RCBI - the first 5 years: some highlights and learnings presents some of the highlights and learnings derived from the first five years of annual reports (2001-2005) submitted to DoHA.

2004 - The PHCRED Strategy Phase 1 - what happened? presents a summary of all the elements of Phase 1 of the PHCRED Strategy, including the RCBI.

2003 - Research Capacity Building Initiative Program: A Birds-Eye View of 2003 presents a summary of the 2003 activities and achievements from RCBI funding in the Departments of General Practice and Rural/Remote Health.

2002 - Capacity Building: a birds-eye view of 2002 (& a snap shot of 2000) presents a birds-eye view of the initiative identifing successes, possible gaps and suggesting opportunities for the future.

The Researcher Development Program

The Researcher Development Program (RDP) was initiated under RCBI. It was established to increase the number and range of people with knowledge and skills in primary health care evaluation and research. Financial support was provided for placement holders to undertake primary health care research and to gain access to existing research support. RDP targeted researchers from a broad range of backgrounds.

View the 2010 PHCRED RDPs in ROAR.

A national survey of Researcher Development Program (RDP) Fellows was conducted in 2009.

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