Welcome to the Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT) at the Faculty of Health. IMPACCT encompasses a group of internationally renowned clinical academics who generate outstanding research that delivers real-world impact. We comprise the:
- Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC);
- Cancer Symptom Trials (CST);
- Improving Palliative Care Through Clinical Trials in NSW (ImPaCCT:NSW); and
- Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care Research
- Rapid Program
Our transdisciplinary research program is dedicated to improving the care, outcomes and quality of life of people affected by a range of chronic conditions or who have palliative care needs.
Living with life-limiting illness presents many challenges not only to the people who suffer from them but also to their carers and families, health professionals, the health system, and society as a whole. Our clinical academics undertake research on a range of chronic illnesses such as heart failure, advanced cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and peripheral artery disease, care transitions – from acute to chronic care and from chronic care to palliative care; and health services research.
With a focus on quality and safety, dignity and physical function, and evidence-based approaches, we are committed to informing impeccable assessment, treatment and management of complex care problems. We recognise that meaningful engagement with community contributes to the quality, relevance and translational effectiveness of our research. Through our partnership with consumers, we conduct research that impacts policy development and clinical practice to better address their needs and improve health outcomes.
At IMPACCT, we value capacity building through leadership and collaboration. We remain closely connected to our clinical colleagues through our palliative care clinical trials networks across multiple sites in Australia and our strong engagement with the Translational Cancer Network and the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). Our links with international and national clinical academics continue to expand.
In 2019, IMPACCT welcomed 26 clinicians from across Australia into our newly created Master of Palliative Care. This new interdisciplinary online course is the first palliative care Masters Degree to be offered in New South Wales. The input of our External Advisory Board and wide-ranging consultation has enabled us to developed a suite of palliative care courses that address the needs of industry.
Our IMPACCT Annual Report is available to download, which demonstrates the way in which collectively the team is working to deliver on our promise to ensure best care, every place, and any time.
I look forward to furthering our already outstanding achievements in the areas of palliative, aged and chronic care research. I invite your expressions of interest in research collaborations and welcome any enquiries for more information on our current research programs,
Professor Jane Phillips