The ARCH is a platform to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians through research, education and training. This will happen through a framework that links applied health research with the accelerated transfer of research findings into education and practice via our network of healthcare partners.
The Academic and Research Collaborative in Health builds on a decade of high performing clinical and community-based health researchers embedded within our key clinical partners in metropolitan and regional Victoria. The precursor to the ARCH has grown the research capacity to deliver high quality, innovative research in health care systems, health care delivery, implementation science and translational research in nursing, midwifery, allied and public health.
The ARCH is part of a long-term strategy for La Trobe's College of Science, Health and Engineering, and in particular the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health and the La Trobe Rural Health School, to create a platform for collaboration and integration with health and community services.
In conjunction with our partner members, the ARCH enables La Trobe University to contribute to the development of a stronger health workforce, to encourage the exchange of ideas, and to provide a continuum between research, theoretical concepts and practice and importantly, to support the University’s ambitions in Health and Wellbeing.
We do this by embedding our researchers within clinical and community settings where they can better understand the main challenges that our health services, health systems and most importantly, consumers, are experiencing. By working closely with all stakeholders we identify key research questions and develop ways to not only answer them but to implement the main findings into practice.
We would like to acknowledge funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Medical Research Future Fund.