Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) was established at The Australian National University in 2003 as part of the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Strategy of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. APHCRI sat within the PHCRED strategy sharing the common overall aim of embedding a research culture in Australian primary health care.

The Australian National University’s contract with the Department of Health for APHCRI ceased on 31 December 2015. Ongoing externally conducted research is being managed by the Research School of Population Health to ensure contract compliance and associated payments. Most projects will end in 2016; but some Centres of Research Excellence will continue into 2017 and 2019.


APHCRI's mission was to maximise the health and well-being of the community by leading high quality, priority-driven research and supporting its uptake into primary health care policy, programs and services.

APHCRI's mission reflects the priority areas outlined in Australia’s broader primary health care policy, the National Primary Health Care Strategy as follows:

  • Improving access and reducing inequity
  • Better management of chronic conditions
  • Increasing the focus on prevention, and
  • Improving quality, safety, performance and accountability


APHCRI had three main goals:

  • To support priority-driven primary health care research
  • To increase the capacity to undertake primary health care research
  • To drive the implementation of research into primary health care policy and services