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
Current projects topics in 2020-21
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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