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nib foundation and RACGP Foundation share a commitment to building a healthier Australia. Our organisations have partnered together to support research with potential to shape a more robust Australian healthcare system that provides the type of care our increasingly diverse and complex population needs, and that is sustainably funded into the future.

GP smiling kindly at his patient while writing on a piece of paper

Collaborative approaches to non-pharmacological interventions, and general practice financial sustainability are the research areas funded through the nib foundation’s new research grant with the Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) Foundation.

This partnership will fund GP led research projects that explore solutions to systemic issues in the healthcare system.

A $250,000 research grant each year for the next 2 years will fund the nib foundation/RACGP Foundation Healthcare Systems & Sustainability Grant, funding up to two general practice research projects focused on one or both of the following themes:

  • The financial sustainability of general practice and the potential role of private health insurers. 

  • Collaborative approaches to non-pharmacological interventions within the broader health ecosystem, including the potential role of private health insurers. Interventions may include social prescribing, health promotion, and/or illness prevention. 

RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins said GP research provides essential evidence for the profession.

“General practice research provides a vital evidence base for both issues facing the profession and for improving whole of person care,” she said.

“Research that’s led by GPs is really important for our general practices and our patients. We are the first and main contact between patients and the health system, so it’s critical that there’s an impactful body of research that specifically addresses general practice and our emphasis on comprehensive, continuous, whole-of-person healthcare. GPs are the most appropriate medical professionals to lead this research.

nib foundation recognises General Practitioners pivotal role in Australia’s healthcare system. They are our frontline defence in the early detection and management of chronic diseases and understand the health needs of their local communities. GPs play an important role in addressing Australia’s complex healthcare challenges and achieving better patient outcomes.

RACGP Foundation grants are open for applications, opens in a new tab and expressions of interest from 2 April 2024.