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Message from the chair

2017 was a productive year for the HCF Research Foundation. This year we continued to entrench our mission by funding research and supporting the development of Value Based Health Care in Australia; we funded an additional $1.1m in health service research projects from our competitive expressions of interest program; and we undertook an independent review to ensure we were meeting our mission and our researchers’ expectations. 

In May the HCF Research Foundation, through its strategic partnership with the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), jointly hosted the inaugural ICHOM Australasian Forum. 

The event sold out, with more than 350 delegates sharing the vision of the Foundation to better understand how we can embed Value Based Health Care in the Australian health care system.

The Foundation also expanded its research commitment with ICHOM this year through:

  • collaborating on the development of an Overall Adult Health care outcome measurement tool, which recognises that individuals often have multiple health care conditions. This new approach will help doctors and patients better manage all conditions by uniformly collecting health care outcomes as reported by the patient
  • commencing a project with Associate Professor Georgina Chambers from UNSW, which will evaluate the influence of models of care on the health and psychosocial outcomes of mothers and babies using the ICHOM Pregnancy and Childbirth measurement tool.

This year, we funded an additional eight teams to undertake research, including a study to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections, a study to identify and reduce hospital-acquired malnutrition, and pharmacist-led home medicine reviews at an Aboriginal medical centre. In all, a further $1.1m in health services research grants were made available.

On top of this, in FY2017 we continued our successful partnerships with:

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • and our HCF Research Foundation Professorial Fellow, Professor Adam Elshaug. 

To ensure we maintain focus on the Foundation’s mission, and to ensure we are meeting the needs of our researchers, the Foundation Board engaged the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre to undertake an independent review of our activities. The review demonstrated the value of the Foundation’s work, and reflected positively on the management of the Foundation’s Expression of Interest Program. The complete independent report is available on our website. 

It has been a great year for the Foundation and our fellow researchers. We are proud of the positive relationships we have forged with Australian researchers, the medical workforce and their respective institutions to support the vision of the HCF Research Foundation to deliver improved health care outcomes for all Australians.

Lisa M McIntyre
Chair, HCF Research Foundation

Board of directors

Full information and bios of our HCF Foundation Board of Directors.

History of the Foundation

The HCF Research Foundation was established in 2000 as The HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation to fund health and medical research for the benefit of all Australians. In 2008 the focus was moved towards health services research, an area of research which does not receive large funding dollars from other sources. In 2013 the name was simplified to HCF Research Foundation and in 2015 a Corporate Trustee was established to manage the Foundation’s affairs. The HCF Research Foundation was originally established with a donation from The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Limited (HCF). While HCF has donated money, the HCF Research Foundation operates independently and with specific focus on funding health services research that can benefit all 23 million Australians.

Health services research examines how people get access to health care, how much health care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The objectives of the HCF Research Foundation’s health services research program are to improve the prevention, treatment and cure of diseases in the general community by funding research and study proposals that enhance and utilise current knowledge to improve health and health services; and improve the quality, efficiency, access to and equity of provision of health services.

The HCF Research Foundation’s research program therefore addresses the main dimensions of the health system that are of concern to HCF, the HCF Research Foundation and the community at large: achieving better health outcomes and access to affordable, high quality health care when and where needed.

Mission & vision


The HCF Research Foundation’s mission is to improve the delivery of health services in Australia for the benefit of all Australians. We do this by funding research projects that focus on new ways to provide high quality care to improve patient outcomes.


To be known as a leading independent funder of high quality research that leads to the improvement of health care services for all Australians.

To facilitate easy-to-access funding so researchers can focus their efforts on delivering the benefits of their research projects.

To drive more research by providing transparent and fair funding opportunities for all Australian researchers, institutions and organisations.


HCF funded the corpus of the Foundation by donation from the net surplus of the health fund. Since the Foundation’s inception, HCF has made contributions to the Foundation of $50 million.

Media releases

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Year in Review

Our recent projects and research outcomes in the HCF Research Foundation Year in Review.

How to contact us

Email: hcf_foundation@hcf.com.au

Phone: Wayne Adams, HCF Research Foundation Manager - 0400 002 105

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