What is the Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration (AHOC)?
The Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration (AHOC) is part of the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong but is co-located with the Centre for Advances in Epidemiology and Information Technology (CAEIT) at The Canberra Hospital in Woden, ACT, Australia.
The Australian Health Outcomes Clearing House (AHOCH) was established in 1994, and served as a site for the dissemination of information about health outcomes research, practice and policy in Australia and overseas. In 1997 the Clearing House became the Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration (AHOC) at the Australian Health Services Research Institute. AHOC provides advice on the selection of measures for health outcomes, including patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), and contributes to research projects concerning the implementation of the health outcomes approach and the measurement tools that might be used (both generic, disease and condition-specific measures). AHOC has connections with international groups such as the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) and the MAPI Research Trust and the International Society for Quality of Life (ISOQOL) and has convened Australian health outcome conferences and seminars. AHOC was responsible for the development of the Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite and is involved in the ICHOM dementia working group to develop a standard set of measures for dementia including PROMs.