The Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR) is a team of dedicated researchers and allied health professionals that form a partnership between Metro South Hospital and Health Service and three local universities. CFAHR aims to support research and evidence-based practice across allied health to improve health and health care. CFAHR provides research leadership and professional research support to all allied health staff in Metro South Health, working collaboratively with leading Queensland university partners, including The University of Queensland, Griffith University, and Queensland University of Technology. CFAHR supports the Allied Health Workforce Research and Innovation Strategic Directions (PDF, 295KB) across allied health in Metro South and is a prolific exemplar of bridging research and practice environments.
CFAHR adopts the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a common language and framework to ensure research reaches and links across the health care continuum. This unique centre integrates allied health research, education and practice to deliver innovative health care improvements with measurable and timely impacts for our consumers. Allied health encompasses a range of professions, for example, social work, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy.