Research Themes

Research Themes

From its inception, IHMRI has organised its research program around a set of broad-based themes or challenges to create a framework for collaboration and focus the research efforts on health and medical issues that are prevalent in the Illawarra region but also relevant to the developed world. 

Between 2012 and 2014, IHMRI's overarching Population Health research agenda was underpinned by four broad-based research themes:

In 2013-14, the institute announced a new, three-year Research Strategy as part of a broad-ranging strategic planning and governance review. The strategy recognises existing research strengths and groupings within the University of Wollongong and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and research areas for potential development.

It also aligns IHMRI-affiliated researchers with IHMRI’s research priorities and provides targeted strategies and actions to advance the institute’s research program, which brings together nationally and internationally-recognised experts, including those directly involved in clinical service delivery, from a wide range of disciplines and fields who can collaborate on cross disciplinary studies. 

The new research program consolidates the four themes above into three themes which span the translational research continuum encompassing basic science through to clinical, population and public health research. They are:

  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Mental Health and the Ageing Brain
  • Chronic Conditions and Lifestyle

The strategy also recognises a number of clusters where a critical mass of expertise (or emerging expertise) provides a focus on particular research priorities. These clusters exist both within and across themes (see diagrams below).

One such cluster is the Illawarra Health Insights program, which brings researchers from across the themes together to gather data on the current and long-term health of the local community. The aim is to understand the health behaviours of local residents so that more effective population-based approaches can be taken to managing chronic diseases.

IHMRI theme diagram Centres and Groups

IHMRI theme diagram priority clusters

IHMRI theme diagram emerging clusters




Last reviewed: 4 September, 2014

IHMRI Research Strategy cover

Recorded seminars

Some IHMRI Seminars are recorded in our lecture theatre and published via the UOW's eduStream channel.

Select the seminar that interests you here. Recent recordings:

  • "Innovative use of technology in nutrition and dietary practice".
  • "Effectively changing health services to better respond to personality disorders".
  • "Cannabis, the brain, cognition and psychosis: the good, the bad and the unknown".