Research portal

This portal links you to sources of high quality research evidence and data quickly and easily.

Please let us know of other useful sources you have found to share with the network.

If you are interested in the latest research, visit Research Updates.

Rapid Reviews

Evidence Check Reviews

Evidence Check Reviews provide a concise summary of evidence that answers specific policy questions presented in a policy-friendly format.

Systematic Reviews

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is produced by The Cochrane Collaboration. This library consists of a collection of six databases containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

The Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration is the sibling organisation of The Cochrane Collaboration. It is an international research network that produces systematic reviews on the effectiveness of social interventions – in education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

This database is produced by McMasters University, Canada. It features an online registry of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions.

Health Systems Evidence

This database is a comprehensive, free access point for evidence to support policy makers, stakeholders and researchers interested in how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.


The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (Eppi-CENTRE) is produced by the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, and conducts systematic reviews on topics including health promotion and public health, education, social policy and international development.

NIHR Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

This database is produced by the University of York, United Kingdom and funded by National Institute for Health Research. It focuses on evidence about the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health care interventions.

Australian Cohort Studies

The 45 and Up Study

The 45 and Up Study can be used to produce policy-relevant research results to inform and influence health policy decisions.

Research eBulletins

HARC eBulletin

The HARC eBulletin is a quarterly publication produced by the Sax Institute for the Hospital Alliance for Research Collaboration (HARC), a state-wide network of researchers, health managers, clinicians and policy makers, which aims to improve health and hospital services through research. The HARC eBulletin covers topics of direct relevance to current and emerging healthcare policy issues in Australia.

Working with data

SURE – the Secure Unified Research Environment

SURE is a highly secure computing environment designed for health researchers to access, store and rapidly analyse anonymised health information brought together from sources such as hospitals, cancer registries, clinical trials, general practice, and research studies.

CHeReL – Centre for Health Record Linkage

The Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) links health data for research.

PHRN – Population Health Research Network

The PHRN is creating a data linkage infrastructure to greatly improve health and related research across Australia.

AIHW – the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia’s national agency for health and welfare statistics and information.

ABS – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia’s official national statistical agency.