Our vision for the Centre of Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement (CRE-IQI) was to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes by accelerating and strengthening large-scale primary healthcare quality improvement efforts. Continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives are increasingly seen as an effective way of achieving this goal. Integrated quality improvement embeds CQI approaches into the core business of an organisation, creating a culture of improvement and systems that support it.
Led by the University of Sydney’s University Centre for Rural Health, the NHMRC funded CRE-IQI (2014-2019) involved a collaboration between researchers, policy and service delivery partners who have a long-standing commitment to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Work carried out by the CRE-IQI was crucial in securing funding for the Centre of Research Excellence in Strengthening Systems for Indigenous Health Care Equity (CRE-STRIDE) 2020–2024 (NHMRC #1170882). CRE-STRIDE has exceptional Indigenous leadership and collaborative strengths. Service providers, policy makers and researchers will come together in a research program that aims to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by embedding CQI knowledge into practice supported by policy, and by expanding the use of CQI to address the social and cultural determinants of health. The program is built on shared principles that support Indigenous leadership and strengthen Indigenous research capacity. Using Indigenous methodologies, participatory action research, and systems thinking approaches, the research will build new knowledge for: + increasing community engagement in quality improvement processes + strengthening health system capacity for quality improvement + applying quality improvement approaches to social and emotional wellbeing + quality improvement in health promotion and prevention. For more information, visit CRE-STRIDE.
An Innovation Platform
The CRE-IQI was established as an ‘innovation platform’. An innovation platform is a network of stakeholders who come together to exchange knowledge and develop joint action to bring about change. Innovation platforms help to break down siloes and create environments in which knowledge and innovation can thrive. They play a role in coordination, identification and addressing institutional and policy constraints and scaling up and out of best practices and learnings from experience.
Our Research aimed to:
ALIGNED PRIORITY PROJECTS
EMERGING PRIORITY PROJECTS
CRE-IQI STAFF BASED AT THE UCRH/USYD