Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Rural Health Research

Across our research activities, there is exciting scope for developing and appraising new models for practice and conducting research that is innovative, applied, rigorous, and locally-responsive while advancing knowledge and informing national and international practice and scholarship.

We have recently launched a new Collaborative Research Partnership Scheme that is tailored to meet the research needs of community-based organisations in health-related activities. The aim is to support work where health might not be 'core' business but activities are health-promoting in direct or indirect ways. Organisations don't need to develop the project, just be able to identify and outline a need for research to the activities and then we can help with designing a project.

The Collaborative Research Partnership Scheme (CRoPS)

What is CRoPS?

The Three Rivers UDRH is launching a new Collaborative Research Partnership Scheme that will enable us to work with community-based organisations to conduct small to medium sized research projects. Organisations need to be located in the Three Rivers footprint.

CRoPS offers an opportunity to partner with members of the Three Rivers UDRH team and pool our respective expertise. Organisations need to demonstrate strong links with the communities they serve.

Research proposals can address a range of topics including projects that:

  • Seek to identify and/or respond to community priorities
  • Are associated with efforts to improve Indigenous health
  • Seek to inform or evaluate innovative community-based health promotion initiatives
  • Seek to gain better understanding of, or respond to, emerging health issues in community settings
  • Focus on factors that influence health in community settings.

It is anticipated that projects will take around 6 - 9 months to complete and will start around August / September 2018.

How does it work?

Projects will be structured as collaborations between Three Rivers UDRH research team and community-based organisations in the Three Rivers footprint. The Three Rivers UDRH research team will provide support for research-related activities, including gaining ethical approval to conduct research (ir required), data collection, data analysis and writing up findings.

The research team will work with organisations whose proposals are selected for funding to finalise a research plan that aims to conduct rigorous research, meets organisations' needs and is sensitive to the contexts in which it will be conducted. The research plan will specify research activities, aims of the research, respective partner responsibilities, any contributions of cash and in-kind support that will be provided, and expected outcomes.

We are planning to partner on two projects. It is anticipated that at least two projects will be funded to commence in 2018 (of 6 - 9 months duration and to be completed over 2018 / early 2019).

The Three Rivers UDRH Research Team

Staff at Three Rivers UDRH have a wide range of research skills and expertise.

Professor Deborah Warr is leading research activities. For more information about her area of research expertise, please view Deb's profile.

If you are intending to submit a proposal to be considered for funding, please register your interest by contact Deborah. You are also welcome to discuss your research ideas with her before preparing your application.

How can we apply?

When preparing your application, keep in mind that when assessing research proposals we will be thinking about the following:

  • The significance of the issue that is addressed for rural health in the region
  • The relevance of the research to the work of the organisation
  • The scope of the project is realistic and 'doable' in the suggested timeframe
  • There is an enthusiasm for collaboration and capacity to ensure succcessful completion of projects
  • The kind of outcomes that will be generated by the research; these can be varied and might include visual or written reports, or other strategies for communicating the findings.

When applying you will need to explain why the research is important to the work of your organisation and how it can assist in improving health outcomes in rural communities.

You don't need to prepare a detailed research plan because we will work with organisations whose proposals are selected for funding to finalise the research plan.

Research proposals will need to be submitted by COB Monday, 21st May 2018 to be considered for funding.

Application Form

For more information about CRoPS, please contact Professor Deborah Warr:


Phone: 02 6933 4172