A focus on excellence in health research
The UC-HRI will link researchers from diverse disciplines with a common focus on health.Read more about this slide
Health Research Institute launch
The University of Canberra has launched its new Health Research Institute aimed at tackling the ‘wicked problems’ in health.Read more about this slide
Excellence in research is at the core of our vision for UC-HRI which brings together University-wide expertise in biomedicine, biotechnology, clinical sciences, public health, urban planning and architecture, and health services research across the continuum of 'whole of person health to whole of population' (Melodi Licht 2007).
The UC-HRI consolidates and showcases the University's health research strengths, building the scale, scope, sustainability and infrastructure necessary to support world-class health research and to take it to the world.UC-HRI foundation centres: Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH) and Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions (CResTS).
- Health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan
- Biomedical discovery for disease prevention and treatment
- Healthcare systems and health services research
- Technology for improved health and well-being
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Hi, my name is Nerida Volker. I’m a dietician by trade, I’ve been a dietician for about 20 years. I’m currently a phd student and lecture here at the university of Canberra. My main research was around the Heart Link project and that was a project looking at how to identify people who are at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke and looking how we would better support them. I guess that research came about because in health we have a lot of evidence about what works. Often the frustration though is the evidence is often not translated into everyday practice. So we really wanted to look particularly at cardio vascular disease, because as a chronic disease these are big burdens to our community, people in our community, but also increasingly to our health budget as well. So we wanted to look at how we could take the evidence we know of how best to manage people with high risk of having a heart attack or stroke and see if we could develop an intervention to see if we could reduce that risk. We also identified a range of differt issues around the skills of GPs, practice nurses and allied health professionals around supporting behaviour change, so they’re certainly some other things that we would look at doing We need to collaborate with disciplines across a range of different professions so we need a multidisciplinary approach, but you also need a intersectoral approach as well. We need the skills from a range of different people all coming together to work on these complex problems. So the health institute provides a great opportunity, a catalyst if you like, to bring everybody together, to bring all of those stakeholders who we know need to be engaged umm to share their skills and expertise and their passions and then work with community. I know in the pilot study that we did we really had some very powerful outcomes. We really made quite a big difference to their lives and I think that’s why at the end of the day all of us are involved in this type of research and working in the health arena.
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