The Southern Academic Primary Care Research

Unit was established in 2009 through a unique partnership between Dandenong
Casey Division of General Practice (now the South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local—SEMML),
Monash University and Southern Health (now Monash Health). The aim of this unit
is to further primary health care research and education in south eastern
metropolitan Melbourne. SAPCRU has two broad research priorities which provide
the framework for its research: primary care reform, and refugee and migrant
health, with an overall focus on vulnerable populations.

SAPCRU’s mission is to conduct and facilitate
high quality, regionally specific research which influences policy makers and
health services to shape a primary care system that is continuously focused on
improving the health and wellbeing of the south east metropolitan Melbourne
community. SAPCRU conducts multidisciplinary research together with
collaborators and strategic partners from other departments and faculties at
Monash University, other universities and independent research institutes,
General Practice Networks, public health services, consumers and consumer
groups, non-government organisations industry and government.

The Director of SAPCRU is Professor Grant Russell. Professor Russell leads a small, experienced team of researchers
advantageously housed in the shared offices of SEMML and Monash Health’s Acute Ambulatory services team in Dandenong.

Research Themes

Primary Care Reform

Methods for delivering primary healthcare are changing. In the last decade, most western countries have embarked on a series of policies for
reforming the delivery of primary healthcare services. Most of these policies impact on and are dependent upon the function of the primary care practice.

Changing patient and health care needs have created a call for better, more efficient, easily accessed, and patient centred health care

We acknowledge the need for evidence around the individual, organisational and contextual factors that influence the delivery of quality primary care in this rapidly changing primary care environment.

Refugee Health

SAPCRU is advantageously positioned in Dandenong. Our region receives up to one third of all new arrival refugees in Victoria each year and
is a significant site of secondary resettlement within Australia, particularly for people from Afghanistan.

We continue to enjoy a productive relationship with our region’s Refugee Health Research Consortium which was formed in early 2010 as a response by local organisations with a common interest in refugee health research in the cities of Greater Dandenong and Casey, in south eastern metropolitan Melbourne.

Refugee health is an important theme of work at SAPCRU and we continue to lead a number of key research projects in this area.


Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit
C/- South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local
314B Thomas St
Dandenong Victoria 3175

Tel: +61 3 9902 4509
Fax: +61 3 9793 4050
Web: Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit (SAPCRU)

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