About Us

The third NHMRC Partnership Centre for Better Health on the theme ‘Health System Sustainability’ was announced on 3 December 2016.

The Centre is jointly governed and funded to the value of $10.75 million over five years by NHMRC, Bupa Health Foundation, NSW Health and the University of Notre Dame Australia. All funding agreements were executed by December 2017 and research commenced in early 2018.

The Centre is led by Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University in Sydney.

Professor Braithwaite leads a highly experienced research investigator team to explore the issues impacting health care system sustainability and develop and evaluate a set of implementable interventions that are appropriate from a clinical, patient and economic perspective.

Sustainability of health systems is a key concern in Australia and elsewhere in the developed world. Much has been written about fiscal sustainability as well as getting better value from what is already spent.

Our researchers conduct sustainability analyses of health systems and explore models for conceptualising and creating sustainable organisations to deliver healthcare in the 21st century. We contribute to national and international models for health system sustainability. Our researchers are committed to seeing health systems improvement move from a localised, small-scale empirical endeavour, to one that is theoretically sound, efficient and cost-effective when performed at scale, and with the ability to be widely deployed and to have sustainable results. Learn more.