Research and Development Hubs

In 2015 the Centre continued establishing a new structure: hubs for research and service development, as joint ventures with the South Western, South Eastern and Sydney Local Health Districts. This builds on experience with CHETRE, which has long been supported by the University and the Local Health District, and has provided a base for collaboration on research, capacity building and putting evidence into practice.

Each hub is supported by both the Centre and the Local Health District with a formal agreement, an advisory committee and funding from both groups. The hubs are seen as bridges between the Centre and the LHD, conducting research and evaluation that is of interest to both groups, supporting the uptake of research into practice and giving researchers direct engagement with health services. We hope that in future the Primary Health Networks can also become part of these research hubs.


The Centre for Health Equity, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) is in South West Sydney and has operated since 1998. In 2015 a new Director was appointed, Professor Evelyne de Leeuw. Evelyne brings substantial expertise in health promotion and healthy urbanism to the centre, complementing CHETRE’s existing research on locational disadvantage and health impact assessment.


Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) is a unit of Population Health in Sydney Local Health District and a research hub of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW Australia. HERDU aims to work with SLHD staff and with communities to improve the health of groups of people who do not have opportunities to receive the health care and resources they need to be as healthy as others in the population.


The South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub (SEaRCH) was established as a partnership with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) in late 2014. The hub is led by A/Prof Ben Harris-Roxas, and focuses on 1) undertaking, promoting and supporting research and evaluation that strengthens primary health care and equity; 2) supporting the implementation of research evidence into practice and policy; and 3) contributing to the development of primary health care in SESLHD. SEaRCH is part of the SESLHD Primary, Integrated and Commujity Health Directorate executive.