Primary Care Research

CESPHN’s research team is committed to assisting local researchers to conduct high quality, ethical primary care research. 

Our aim is to involve GPs, practices nurses, allied health and other relevant staff from inception through to publication. Through this process our knowledge-rich local primary health care workforce can better shape and be connected to the research being conducted in our region, as well as drive areas for quality improvement. 

CESPHN accepts research requests from: 

  • External research proposals seeking endorsement or promotion to stakeholders (for example, to recruit participants)
  • External research proposals seeking participation in developing the proposal and/or carrying out elements of a research project. 

For all research requests please complete the form from the link below, and a research officer will be in touch. 

Research Request Form

For all additional information, please email:

Did you know?

ClinTrial Refer connects GPs to current clinical trials. For More information go to

Research Studies/Clinical Trials currently recruiting participants

Quit Smoking Study – UNSW Sydney

The Quit Smoking Study is a clinical trial being conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney. The trial is looking at different types of nicotine replacement products to see which is the most effective at helping low-income smokers quit.

Researchers at UNSW are looking for adult smokers who are located within 100km of the Sydney CBD and recieve a government pension or have a healthcare card to take part in this research.

Click here for more information.

Under the Radar – Black Dog Institute and UNSW

Have you experienced thoughts of ending your life? Complete a 30-minute survey (it’s anonymous) to help researchers at the Black Dog Institute and UNSW to understand your needs, and what a safe and accessible option may look like.

Click here for more information and to complete the survey.

The Central and Eastern Sydney Primary and Community Health Cohort/Linkage Resource (CES-P&CH)

The resource

The linkage dataset currently has 10 datasets and over 170 million records (20.7 million for CES) from 2006 onwards including: 45 and Up Study questionnaire data (including the SEEF – Social, Economic and Environmental Factors sub-study) linked to Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Admitted Patient Data Collection (APDC), Emergency Department Data Collection (EDDC), Mental Health Ambulatory Data Collection (MHADC), Cancer Registry (CCR) and Deaths Data (RBDM and COD).


CES-P&CH is built on strong and long-standing partnership between the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) at the University of New South Wales and the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Care Network (CESPHN).

Project website

The project has a webpage on the CPHCE website. This page includes information about CES-P&CH including a description of the project, research forum reports, lists of publications and conference presentations see

Social Isolation Report

This study explored two measures of possible social disconnectedness (social isolation and living alone) and their impact on health, health care and mortality using the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary and Community Health Cohort/Linkage Resource.

Click here to read the Social Isolation Report.