Northern Australia health service delivery situational analysis

Strategic policy development
Reference number
CRCNA funding
Total project value
Project length
8 months
Finish date
Project Status
Project Manager
Carla Keith


  • James Cook University,
  • Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, on behalf of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre
  • Northern Territory of Australia – Top End Health Service
  • The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, University of Western Australia


This project will identify key challenges and opportunities facing the northern Australian health service delivery sector and explore potential developmental scenarios and/or identify the most strategic research projects and development priorities for further investment.

This will include but not be limited to infrastructure, clinical issues, policy, new models of care, investment, knowledge, training and human capital gaps and the research or alternative solutions to address them.

A consortium of health service delivery providers across northern Australia will bring substantial applied research experience in northern Australia including in health services, indigenous health and tropical health. Their membership in the consortium will strengthen the quality and relevance of the synthesis and analysis, ensuring ownership of the analysis outputs by the health sector and providing a strong foundation for the growth and development of the northern Australia health service delivery sector.

Expected outcomes

  • A comprehensive report which will guide a systematic and collaborative approach to prioritising, delivering, monitoring and evaluating research conducted by the CRCNA and other key parties with an interest in the future of the northern Australian health service delivery sector.