IHMRI Research Program
As part of a broad-ranging strategic planning and governance review, in 2014 IHMRI announced a new, three-year Research Strategy. The strategy recognises existing research strengths and groupings within the University of Wollongong (UOW) and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) and research areas for potential development. It also aligns IHMRI-affiliated researchers with the Institute's research priorities and provides targeted strategies and actions to advance the IHMRI's research program in line with national policy and local needs.
The new program is organised around three broad-based themes which span the translational research continuum encompassing basic science through to clinical, population and public health research:
The program brings nationally and internationally-recognised experts, including those directly involved in clinical service delivery, from a wide range of disciplines and fields together to collaborate on cross disciplinary studies.
The strategy also recognises a number of clusters where a critical mass of expertise (or emerging expertise) provides a focus around particular research priorities. These clusters exist both within and across themes.
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.