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Systems and Intervention Research Centre for Health

The Systems and Intervention Research Centre for Health (SIRCH) brings together scientists and clinicians to promote better health, improve early disease detection and enhance intervention using appropriate workforce education and systems.

SIRCH develops and tests approaches that aim to improve equity, access, safety and quality in healthcare.

SIRCH is a trans-disciplinary research group committed to inter-professional learning.

The Centre’s activities cover three broad domains:

  • Suboptimal Health including health promotion, health intervention, environmental health, global health and public health genomics.
  • Workforce Education including health education, e-learning, safety and quality in health, communication in healthcare and testing new models of service delivery.
  • Indigenous Health including working with community on developing and evaluating innovative models of care, and challenging attitudes of healthcare providers.


The objectives of the Centre are:

  • Facilitate the translation of research and policy to enhance healthcare practice;
  • Increase pure and applied research outputs from the diverse range of researchers in the Centre.
  • Improving the quality and sustainability of the workforce;
  • Apply innovative education initiatives.


  • Strengthen collaborative arrangements and programs with other universities, research agencies and individuals with similar interests and objectives;
  • Increase research outputs, including grant funding and dissemination of research outcomes through a broad communication strategy that includes journal articles, professionals and community presentations;
  • Maintain industry networks and vigilance of health care policy to be proactive in the development and implementation of innovative health care change;
  • Design strategies to engage busy health professionals in changing clinical behaviour;
  • Respond to the changing role of health professions as patients become more educated and want to take a greater role in their healthcare;
  • Develop initiatives that improve recruitment and retention within the health sector; and
  • Foster early career researchers, PhD, Masters and Post-Graduate students to pursue research within the Centre’s three domain areas.

Current projects


For more information about the Systems and Intervention Research Centre for Health, contact:

Associate Professor Peter Roberts
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5455

Project Manager
Ms Toni Wain
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3538

Research Assistant
Ms Daniela Mastrocola
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3557

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