The Melbourne EpiCentre (Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Health Services Research) represents a formal partnership between the University of Melbourne (UoM) and Melbourne Health (MH). It formed in October 2010, having ‘evolved’ from MH’s Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Evaluation Unit (CEHSEU). Prof Danny Liew was appointed as the Director of the Centre and Chair of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne.
The Melbourne EpiCentre’s profile is summarised thus:
- clinical epidemiology
- clinical and applied research, including biostatistics
- evidence-based practice
health services research
Epidemiology is the study of disease patterns and their determinants. Clinical epidemiology refers to the application of epidemiology to a clinical setting, with the emphasis being on medically defined populations, as opposed to general or otherwise defined (eg, sociologically) populations. Clinical epidemiology uses biostatistics as a key tool, and encompasses clinical trials and evidence-based practice (EBP). EBP involves the systematic interpretation of clinical research data to help inform best patient care. Health services research refers to the study of health services utilisation, and their determinants, and health economics to the study of the costs and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.
- To undertake collaborative research, including the provision of study design and statistical support to research partners.
- To undertake health services research, including program evaluation and health economics.
- To promote quality and safety in healthcare, including evidence-based practice.
- To provide training in the above areas, including via doctoral and post-doctoral supervision.
The goals of the Melbourne EpiCentre are:
- collaborative research
- teaching and training, both undergraduate and postgraduate
- success in competitive grant funding
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