Australian Health Research Alliance Appoints New Chair


The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) has appointed Professor John Prins as its new Chair.

Professor Prins is a clinician and researcher and the Executive Director of AHRA member organisation, Health Translation Queensland. He has held significant leadership roles across the academic, health and pharmaceutical sectors, and is a respected thought leader in diabetes and endocrinology care and research in Australia.

AHRA has also appointed the Director of NSW Regional Health Partners, Associate Professor Nicolette Hodyl, as its Deputy Chair.

Professor Prins says he is looking forward to working with AHRA’s national network to advocate for more systematic research translation and greater support for Australia’s clinician-researcher workforce.

“By bridging the gap between the earlier phases of research and clinical practice, research translation contributes to the advancement of healthcare, the economy and – most importantly – delivers better patient care,” said Professor Prins. “But research translation needs more clinicians who are also researchers, and a system that embeds research within our health services.”

Professor Prins takes over from outgoing Chair and Executive Director of Sydney Health Partners, Professor Don Nutbeam, who held the position for two years.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Professor Prins to the helm of AHRA,” said Professor Nutbeam.

“John has a deep understanding of the challenges and the benefits of research translation and his experience is welcome at a time when the structure of health and medical research support is being discussed at the national level.”

Research translation bridges the gap between health and medical research and evidence-based healthcare. It synthesises, exchanges, and applies the knowledge gained from research, and turns it into policy and clinical practice.

AHRA members build Australia’s capacity and capability for research translation by collaborating on national projects and initiatives in areas including women’s health, Indigenous health and consumer and community involvement.

Professor Prins said AHRA is uniquely positioned to help translate research in ways that address unmet healthcare needs. “By helping researchers work with under-served populations, AHRA is speeding the delivery of evidence-based treatments that offer better outcomes, best value and equity of provision – so that no matter where you live in Australia, you can have access to the same high standard of care.”

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