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Australia's only evidence-based support unit to be described at seminar

22 Sep 2010

The evolution of Australia’s only evidence-based practice support unit will be the focus of a seminar by McMaster Health Forum Visiting Leader Dr. Claire Harris on Sept. 29 in the Forum’s new venue at Mills Memorial Library.

Based in Melbourne, the Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (CCE) is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Support Unit within Southern Health, a large integrated health service which provides acute, sub-acute, rehabilitation, mental health, aged care and community services. The role of CCE is to encourage, support and enable educators, health professionals, managers and policymakers to use research evidence in decision-making for clinical practice, service delivery and organizational change.

This presentation, co-sponsored by CHEPA, will follow the evolutionary journey of this unique service in Australia – from conception, through childhood into its current adolescence. The unit is one of only a few of its type around the world.

The CCE team has expertise in evidence synthesis, implementation of change and health program evaluation. All CCE activities are undertaken with consumer/patient/caregiver participation.

CCE produces systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical guidelines, undertakes projects and conducts evaluations to address organizational priorities or when high level expertise is required. To increase capacity and capability in EBP, CCE staff also provide an advisory service to assist health service staff in their own reviews, projects or evaluations, run education and training sessions, and develop tools and resources.

CCE was established in 1998. Since then, the service has changed considerably in structure, function, staffing levels and skill sets, activities and funding sources. This is due to shifts in demands and priorities of the health system as well as progression in related methodologies such as the emergence of implementation science as a field of study.

The presentation will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Forum’s DialogueSpace on the 4th floor of Mills Library. If you plan to attend, please email

Harris is Director of the Centre for Clinical Effectiveness at Southern Health, the largest health service in the state of Victoria. She has a medical degree and a M.Sc. in public health, and was in clinical practice before becoming a public health physician. She has extensive expertise in undertaking systematic reviews and developing, implementing and evaluating clinical guidelines.

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