CHSD is one of eight centres of AHSRI and is the arm of the Australian Health Services Research Institute that nurtures new research themes and programs. It serves as the ‘generalist health and community’ research group principally responsible for attracting and managing the strategic commissioned AHSRI research projects. CHSD maintains its flexibility and encourages staff to work across centres and projects depending on their interests and skills.
CHSD has grown steadily for more than 20 years and has developed a strong local, state, national and international reputation in evaluation, as well in the design and development of tools and systems to improve health and community services.
In addition to producing standard academic output, our work results in a range of practical advice to a variety of government and non-government agencies and interest groups. We design research and information-based strategies for program coordination to help allocate resources on the basis of need, as well as tools to support decision-making and to help managers develop funding models.