What we do?
The Centre for Health Research works in partnership with health service and policy agencies to conduct its research across four major interdisciplinary research themes. The Centre has active research programs and supervises PhD candidates in each theme.
The social and cultural environments in which we live shape our health and wellbeing. Research in this theme area explores health inequalities in marginalized groups and the meaning of health and illness in different social contexts. This research informs systemic and individual responses to improve health outcomes.
Research in this theme area aims to improves the health and wellbeing of populations in Australia and internationally and works towards minimising health inequalities. Researchers use evidence to better understand the broad social, environmental and economic contexts that shape patterns of health and the differences that occur within and between populations.
Researchers working in this theme area undertake 'applied research' that seeks to both understand health systems and improve policy responses to improve health outcomes in the population. The scope of health systems is necessarily wide to be inclusive of research relating to private and public sectors, and also health sector and non-health sector policies.
Aboriginal people hold solutions to improving Aboriginal health and wellbeing. Researchers in this theme area work with communities and their organisations to identify these solutions and translate them into everyday practice, programs and policy.