Purpose & Aims

Our purpose is to promote and conduct qualitative research into personal experiences of health and illness, working in collaboration with the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford, healthtalk.org (the DIPEx Charity UK), and DIPEx International.

Healthtalk Australia aims to:

  • Raise funds for research into personal experiences of health and illness in Australia.
  • Conduct research using the methodology developed by HERG – University of Oxford and DIPEx UK, thus ensuring a high quality evidence-based approach to personal experiences of health and illness.
  • Ensure quality and integrity are maintained according to established criteria outlined by DIPEx International Quality Control Manual.
  • Supervise, mentor and train other researchers in Australia via workshops and one-to-one buddying system, as developed by DIPEx UK.
  • Disseminate research findings via Healthtalk Australia, peer-reviewed journals, conferences, invited presentations to health services, and the media.
  • Promote Healthtalk Australia through seminars and conferences to our colleagues and professional associations and through the media to members of the public

Potential uses of our websites and research:

  • Individual patient/carer information and support
  • Clinical education and professional development
  • Service provider quality improvement / experience-based health service co-design
  • Policy development and clinical guidelines

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