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Community and Primary Health Care Network

Connecting consumers, healthcare professionals and our community
We aim to drive education and research that will improve the health of communities and build a stronger Primary Health Care system focused on people's lifelong health needs.

About us

The Community and Primary Health Care Network (CPHCN) is building strong partnerships between the University, Primary Health Care organisations and people in the community. Our aim is to promote and embed a Primary Health Care approach centred on meeting people’s health needs throughout their whole life.

Our Faculty of Medicine and Health delivers education and research programs that encompass widest array of healthcare disciplines of any University in Australia. Primary Health Care principles and newly emerging models of care are integral to supporting a high quality, high performing Australian healthcare system.  

News and events

Consumer Involvement in Research

In March CPHCN hosted a well-attended webinar exploring the importance of involving consumers in health research.  Chaired by Prof Sarah Lewis, FMH A/Dean Research Performance, the lunchtime webinar featured an expert panel of speakers including consumers with first-hand experience, and panelists from The University of Sydney, Health Consumers NSW and Sydney Health Partners.  Speakers shared recent research examples, consumer perspectives and plenty of helpful resources available to support researchers partnering with consumers in health research. From the webinar, further reading:

Nursing students 2022 Extended Nursing Placement Program

Bachelor of Nursing students, 2022 Extended Nursing Placement Program

Nursing #1 in Australia

The Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery was recently named in the 2022 QS World University Rankings as the highest ranking school in Australia for the subject of Nursing and 12th in the Global Ranking! Hearty congratulations to our Nursing colleagues and students for the well deserved recognition!   

Congratulations to Professor Sarah Dennis, named as Australia’s leading Primary Health Care researcher in The Australian's annual Research Magazine 2021 List: Top 250 Researchers

Do you have a Community and Primary Health Care news item to share? Email the CPHCN.

Our focus areas

  • Cancer care
  • Chronic disease
  • Community health
  • Consumer engagement
  • Digital health
  • Disability
  • End of life care
  • First Nations health
  • Genomics / biomedical data
  • Health system reform
  • Medicines safety
  • Mental health
  • New models of care
  • Population health
  • Primary care
  • Rural health
  • Self care
  • Telehealth/ virtual care
  • Women’s health  

  • Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health
  • Dentistry and Oral Health
  • Diagnostic Radiography/ Medical Imaging Science
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • General Practice
  • Health Services Management
  • Laboratory Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Speech Pathology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

Join the network

Membership is free and open to postgraduate research students and employees of the University of Sydney and affiliated institutes working within fields related to Primary Health Care.

We also welcome and include consumers, primary health care professionals and our partners in government and industry. Complete our membership form to join.

World Health Organisation infographic Primary Health Care

A Primary Health Care approach

Primary Health Care is defined by the World Health Organisation as essential health care that is universally accessible and meets people’s health needs throughout their lives. We are dedicated to achieving this by embedding a Primary Health Care approach to research, education and engagement.  

A Primary Health Care approach is a whole of society approach. It includes methods of health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. It addresses the broader determinants of health through multisectoral policy and action, an importantly, empowers individuals, families and communities to take charge of their own health and care.

Learn more about Primary Health Care

The CPHC Network Leadership Group represents the CPHC disciplines within the University and key external and affiliated partners in fields relating to CPHC:

  • Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN)
  • Health Consumers NSW
  • Indigenous Strategy and Services, FMH
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District
  • Regal Healthcare
  • Rural Clinical School (Dubbo/Orange)
  • School of Medical Sciences
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Sydney Dental School
  • Sydney Health Partners
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • Sydney Medical School
  • Sydney North Primary Health Network
  • Sydney School of Health Sciences
  • Sydney School of Public Health
  • The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Sydney
  • The Menzies Centre, University of Sydney
  • University Centre for Rural Health (Northern Rivers)
  • University Department of Rural Health (Broken Hill)
  • WentWest Primary Health Network
  • Western Sydney Local Health District


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