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Colac Area Health Research Unit

Research will generate great health outcomes for our community



The Colac Area Health Research Unit was formed in 2020 under the leadership of the Colac Area Health Executive Team.

Since its formation the unit has been successful in obtaining research funding and publication, collaborating with partners, along with supporting multiple Colac Area Health staff to undertake research.


Colac Area Health (CAH) understands that research plays a vital role in informing clinical practice and the overall health of patients, staff and the surrounding community. Our vison is to continue growing our research work to contribute to ongoing improvements in the care and health of our community. Colac Area Health is committed to building strong organisational research culture and fostering external research partnerships. The organisation is committed to supporting staff in developing, implementing and translating their research within the resources of the organisation.


Dr Laura Alston (Director of Research)

Dr Michael Field (Western Alliance Research Translation Coordinator)

Alison Buccheri (Research Assistant)

Our Research Partners

Western Alliance and Health Service Partners

The Global Obesity Centre

Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University

Deakin Rural Health

Deakin University

Research Publications

Click here to view our research publications.

Membership with Western Alliance

As a research-focussed organisation, Colac Area Health is proud to be a member of Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre (Western Alliance). Since its formation in 2014, Western Alliance has driven improvements in rural and regional health via funding of collaborative research projects and support of health practitioner researchers across western Victoria.

Through its STaRR program (Supporting Translation of Research in Rural and Regional settings), Western Alliance offers a suite of research training opportunities to grow research skills and capacity within our region. In addition, Western Alliance Research Translation Coordinators work across member health organisations to provide on the ground research and evidence translation support. These services are available free of charge for all Colac Area Health employees.

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Dr Michael Field – [email protected]  OR  Dr Laura Alston – [email protected]




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