Established in 2009, the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit aims to further primary health care research and education in south eastern metropolitan Melbourne. SAPCRU has two broad research priorities which provide the framework for its research: primary care reform, and refugee and migrant health, with an overall focus on vulnerable populations.
The Director of SAPCRU is Professor Grant Russell. Professor Russell leads a small, experienced team of researchers advantageously linked with the South Eastern Health Providers Association and housed within the School of Primary Health Care, Notting Hill.
South East Melbourne’s primary care system is accessible, affordable, integrated and sustainable., Gaps in health service delivery are identified through research and addressed by policy makers and health services through knowledge transfer. State, national and international policy is informed by SAPCRU’s research.
SAPCRU’s mission is to conduct and facilitate high quality, regionally relevant research that is responsive to the local environment and influences policy makers and health services to shape a primary care system that is continuously focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the community with a particular focus on south east metropolitan Melbourne. SAPCRU conducts multidisciplinary research together with collaborators and strategic partners from other departments and faculties at Monash University, other universities and independent research institutes, General Practice Networks, public health services, consumers and consumer groups, non-government organisations industry and government.
Please download and view the full version of our 2013-2015 Strategic Plan (pdf)
- Identify priorities for research including service gaps and health needs requiring service delivery solutions
- Develop SAPCRU into a sustainable entity
- Develop the capacity for research and knowledge translation in the region
- Conduct high quality research to address research priorities
- Inform healthcare services, governments and policy makers and progress the translation of research policy
- Foster collaboration between and within the Unit’s partner organisations