The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) is a national grouping of the seven National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and two Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs) found across Australia.
These Centres are recognised as national leaders in research-based health care and training and have been accredited by the NHMRC for excellence in health care, research, and translation of evidence into patient care. Through nationwide collaboration, the Centres have come together to address and overcome key barriers to translating research into implementable strategies and delivering outcomes to patients.
Learn more about AHRTCs, what the Translation Centres are doing and why and how AHRA assists the integration between health research and healthcare.
AHRA National Projects
AHRA runs five Steering Committees, made up of representatives from the seven AHRTCs and two CIRHs. These sub-committees have unique goals responding to separate priorities which AHRA and the Australian Department of Health have deemed “National Systems Level Initiatives”
- Indigenous Health and Research Capacity Building
- Community and Consumer Involvement
- Data Driven Healthcare Improvement
- Health Systems Improvement and Sustainability
- Wound Care
Through the Medical Research and Future Fund (MRFF), the AHRA Centres are funded to support the National Initiatives listed above and Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) projects.
The purpose of this research funding is to:
- Improve patient experience by improving care pathways and service connections
- Reduce unwarranted variation in healthcare and patient outcomes
- Improve the health of certain at risk groups in Australia, such as Indigenous Australians
- Public Health Interventions with targeted research to test innovative public health approaches to addressing modifiable risk factors which are at the heart of the rise of chronic and complex disease prevalence and persistence
- Primary Care research addressing the capacity and production gap in primary care research with an emphasis on multidisciplinary, adaptive research methodologies and clinician capability support
AHRA have initiated a number of Networks which bring together expertise from across all centres in response to national gaps in implementation or research translation into policy and practice in broad areas which have been deemed by the ARHA Council to be of strategic importance.
- Women’s Health
Members of AHRA