The Population Health Research Strategy 2018-2022 provides a contemporary framework for NSW Health to effectively generate and use population health research. The Strategy identifies three key areas of work: facilitate the generation of high quality, relevant population health research; maximise the use of research evidence to improve population health; and build population health research capability.

Facilitate the generation of high quality research

The Prevention Research Support Program provides infrastructure funding to NSW research organisations conducting prevention and early intervention research that aligns with NSW Health priorities. Round 5 of the Program runs from July 2017 to June 2021. 

The Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Research Group (PANORG) undertakes policy-relevant research to guide efforts to improve health outcomes in NSW. PANORG is part of a larger research group: the Preventive Research Collaboration. PANORG seeks to strengthen the capacity for promoting physical activity and nutrition and preventing obesity in NSW, through undertaking research and linking research with public health policy and practice. PANORG has three strategic directions: pursuing a research agenda that is focused and applied; getting research into practice; contributing to healthy public policy. PANORG publishes Summaries of Evidence to assist health professionals and policymakers in applying evidence to practice.
The BBV and STI Research, Intervention and Strategic Evaluation Program (BRISE) at the University of NSW undertakes policy-relevant research to support NSW Health in reducing blood-borne viruses (BBV) and sexually transmissible infections (STI) in NSW, as well as improving the health outcomes of people living with these infections. BRISE's mission is to deliver a world class BBV and STI program that provides evidence and strategic advice that focuses on the prevention and diagnosis of infections, and treatment and care of people living with infection.

Maximise the use of research to improve population health

​The Sax Institute​ aims to improve health and wellbeing by driving the use of research in policies, programs and services. The Sax Institute builds research assets, provides health decision makers with access to research findings and expertise, builds decision makers’ capacity to use research, and leads international best practice in knowledge exchange. Published summaries of evidence related to tailored policy questions can be accessed on the Institute’s website. 

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre is conducting research into building an effective, efficient and equitable system for the prevention of lifestyle-related chronic disease. The Centre’s work is co-produced by academic researchers, health system practitioners and policy makers from across Australia.

The Evidence and Evaluation Guidance Series will assist the population and public health workforce to conduct, report, and disseminate research evidence that informs its policies and programs. Guides to scaling up population health interventions and commissioning editorial services have been produced. Further guides in the series are anticipated.

Build population health research capability

The NSW Public Health Training Program is a three-year workplace based training program offering supervised experience for people who have completed postgraduate studies in public health and who are committed to a career in public health. Learning is guided by a competency framework and the strategic priorities of the NSW health system. During their training, the trainees rotate through a range of placements throughout the NSW public health system.
The NSW Biostatistics Training Program is a three-year program that provides a career path for biostatisticians working in public health. The Program offers supervised on-the-job training. The trainees undertake a Masters degree in Biostatistics part-time through distance learning. During their training, the trainees rotate through a range of placements throughout the NSW public health system.
The NSW Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative is a workplace based training program delivered through partnerships between the Population and Public Health Division and Local Health Districts. The aim of the program is to expand the Aboriginal workforce in population health in NSW and strengthen preventive measures. Trainees undertake work placements within population health services over three years while completing a Master of Public Health by part-time coursework.
The Popul​ation Health Surve​ill​ance Strategy NSW 2011 to 2020​ provid​es a comprehensive framework, key objectives, and strategies for the development of surveillance information and knowledge, human capacity, and technical infrastructure. The Strategy identifies four main areas of work: carrying out surveillance that drives the promotion of health and well-being and the response to health risks and inequalities; strengthening surveillance capacity; transforming data into high quality information and knowledge; readiness to monitor new and emerging threats to health. Two principles span all components of the Strategy: the importance of addressing health inequalities in improving population health and reliable measurement and reporting of these inequalities; the importance of high quality and continuous quality improvement in all aspects of population health surveillance.
The Centre for Health Record Linkage  (CHeReL) was established in 2006 and is jointly managed by the Cancer Institute NSW and the NSW Ministry of Health. CHeReL carries out linkage of routinely collected health data for the purposes of research and the management of health services. The CHeReL uses best practice in privacy-preserving record linkage, whereby the process of linkage of personal identifiers is separated from the analysis of linked anonymous records. Record linkage provides information that gives a more complete picture of the health of the population than was previously possible.
For further information contact:
The Director
Evidence and Evaluation Unit
Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence
NSW Ministry of Health
Ph: (02) 9391 9292
Current as at: Wednesday 15 August 2018