Teaching, training and research

IHPA is currently working on developing a classification system for Teaching, Training and Research (TTR).

There is currently no acceptable classification system for TTR, nor are there mature, nationally consistent data collections for activity or cost data. However, the work undertaken by IHPA to date indicates that the development of systems which underpin ABF are feasible for teaching and training. This view is shared by the jurisdictions and also clinical, academic and peak body stakeholders. Read more about the TTR classification development here.

Teaching and training definition

Teaching and training describes: the activities provided by or on behalf of a public health service to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, or development of skills. These activities must be required for an individual to:

  • attain the necessary qualifications or recognised professional body registration to practice;
  • acquire sufficient clinical competence upon entering the workforce; or
  • undertake specialist/advanced practice in medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery or allied health.

Research definition

Research describes: the activities undertaken in a public health service where the primary objective is the advancement of knowledge that ultimately aims to improve consumer and patient health outcomes and/or health system performance. The activity must be undertaken in a structured and ethical way, be formally approved by a research governance or ethics body, and have potential for application outside of the health service in which the activity is undertaken.

For ABF purposes, the definition of research relates to:
the public health service's contribution to maintain research capability, excluding the costs of research activities that are funded from a source other than the state or territory or provided in kind.

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