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About CFaHR - Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Queensland Health


The history of CFAHR begins with conjoint positions between researchers and clinicians in Metro South Health which commenced over a decade ago. Funding for new research positions at CFAHR came about through The Health Practitioner (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No 1) 2007. This agreement includes a research package intended to build research capacity in the Health Practitioner workforce and facilitate the implementation of evidence based clinical services. Research positions were allocated across seven hospital and health services (Toowoomba, Metro North, Metro South, Central Queensland, Children's Health Services, Gold Coast and North Queensland) and the Mater hospital.

CFAHR comprises full-time researchers, research fellows, and research students who promote and support allied health research and evidence-based practice. CFAHR conducts high quality research that is focused on identified health priorities and inclusive of the broad range of health services areas, driving research growth across the allied health workforce.

CFAHR provides research mentoring and support to allied health professionals interested in pursuing research and service improvement projects. This includes providing specific research training and assisting with developing project aims and methods, supporting project implementation, and sourcing funding where appropriate. CFAHR promotes health professional research career pathways and advocates for and supports ways to increase the number of research positions. Researchers at CFAHR supervise research students undertaking postgraduate student, including research higher degree students.

CFAHR participates in and leads many research collaborations and partnerships such as the Health Practitioner Research Fellows Network and Metro South Health Practitioner Research Collaborative. CFAHR continually builds and maintains strategic partnerships with the:

  • Metro South Health Allied Health Directorate
  • Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)
  • PA Hospital Centres for Health Research
  • PA Hospital Foundation
  • Diamantina Health Partners

CFAHR is committed to celebrating and promoting allied health research across Metro South Health.

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Last updated: 15 July 2014