The Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement will improve health outcomes for all Tasmanians through a shared translational research agenda that informs the development and delivery of a well-integrated, people-centred and effective health system.
What is the Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement (TCHI)?
TCHI is focussed on improving the health of Tasmanians through translational research – identifying and undertaking research which is important to the Tasmanian community, then ensuring that research is translated into policy and practice, and ultimately delivers tangible improvements in population-wide health care and health outcomes.
TCHI brings together researchers, policy makers, clinicians, health professionals, community organisations and most importantly, consumers, to identify priorities, collaborate on projects and connect the research with stakeholders and end users. Improving health outcomes requires a collaborative and coordinated approach, and TCHI will connect the key players required to deliver a focussed effort to benefit Tasmanians.
Tasmania faces some important regional health challenges, including poorer health outcomes due to chronic disease and an ageing population.
The Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement seeks to address these challenges using innovative, research-informed approaches, leveraging the advantages that come from a single primary health network, a single university, and a single state health service.
The principles we have adopted to further develop our leadership and realise our vision of a healthier Tasmania are:
- Co-design in developing research priorities and translating evidence
- Greater sharing of resources and expertise, including data and biorepositories
- A focus on better prevention and management of conditions that are of greatest burden to Tasmanians
- Taking a systems approach to addressing the complexity of health problems and their social determinants across the life span
- Engagement with the wider health system, Tasmanian community and consumers
- Commitment to developing current and future health professionals, researchers and leaders who can work together to respond in successful and cost-effective ways to the health needs of the Tasmanian population.
What is translational research?
Translational research means different things to different people. For TCHI, its about undertaking research which is relevant to Tasmanians and ensuring the outcomes of that research are translated into practice or policy.
We're Getting Started
Delivering impactful research requires a robust framework
Before launching into our research program, it’s essential that TCHI is supported by a robust governance and strategy framework. And it’s critically important that this framework is developed in close consultation with stakeholders and consumers.
During 2020, TCHI will be working with a team of stakeholders, via an Establishment Reference Group, to formulate the principles, structures and processes that will guide the operation of TCHI into the future – ensuring the collaboration is relevant, effective and enduring.
Get Involved - Become a Collaboration Member
Play a part in delivering innovative health solutions for Tasmanians
The Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement invites you to become a member of the collaboration and participate in this innovative translational health research program.
We want to ensure stakeholders and consumers have a strong connection to the program – by becoming a member, you will receive regular updates on the design of the collaboration, and once established, information about opportunities to participate in activities and projects.
The collaboration Partners are overseeing the establishment of the collaboration and include: the University of Tasmania (College of Health and Medicine), the Tasmanian Government (Department of Health), Primary Health Tasmania and Health Consumers Tasmania.
The Partners are also working to ensure consumer views are included in this oversight, with appropriate consumer representation on management teams and reference groups.
The following organisations have registered as collaboration Members:
|Allied Health Professionals Australia||Arthritis and Osteoporosis Tasmania|
|Asthma Australia||Australian Association of Gerontology|
|Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (Tasmania)||Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine|
|Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association||BDO Australia|
|Cancer Council Tasmania||Centre for Health Services Research (The University of Queensland)|
|Colony 47||Community Care Tasmania|
|Cornerstone Youth Services||Department of Communities Tasmania (Tasmanian Government)|
|Department of Premier and Cabinet (Tasmanian Government)||Diabetes Tasmania|
|Drug Education Network||Family Based Care Tasmania|
|General Practice Training Tasmania||Kidney Health Australia|
|Lifeline Tasmania||Local Government Association of Tasmania|
|Mental Health Council of Tasmania||Monash Partners and Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation|
|Multiple Sclerosis Limited||National Heart Foundation of Australia (Tasmania)|
|NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research||Northern Midlands Council|
|ParaQuad Association of Tasmania||Pharmaceutical Society of Australia|
|Pharmacy Guild of Australia||Public Health Association of Australia|
|Royal Flying Doctors Service Tasmania||Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation|
|Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health||South Eastern Community Care|
|SPHERE Maridulu Budyari Gumal||Stroke Foundation|
|Sydney Health Partners||Tasmanian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance|
|The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners||West Coast Council|
|West Tamar Council|
If you would like to know more about the Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement, or our establishment activities in 2020, please contact us:
Manager, Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement (TCHI)