BEACH project closure confirmed
Despite a push to find last minute funding, it has been announced that the Family Medicine Research Centre which runs the Sydney University BEACH project will close on 30 June 2016.
BEACH has been running for 18 years and collects information about clinical activities in general practice.
After a notification was received on 7 April 2016 by the Department of Health that funding would not be continued, the program ceased collecting data. At the time, the University provided funds to allow the analysis of the 2015-16 BEACH data and the preparation of two final reports by 31 August 2016.
However the team announced today that a long-term source of funding was not able to be found.
In a statement announcing their closure, the team wrote: “This resource is unique in its ability to inform research, policy and practice and it is of deep concern that there is currently nothing to replace it.”
The BEACH database will be maintained by the university.