Grounded in community, united nationally, connected globally
AHRA facilitates the integration of health care, health and medical research, and health professional education to deliver better health outcomes for all Australians. Our members comprise 11 NHMRC-accredited Research Translation Centres and 3 Emerging Research Translation Centres recognised by the NHMRC.
The centres bring together acute health services, community health services, primary care, research institutes, universities and government to translate research into best practice to improve patient care and health outcomes for the population. We are located throughout Australia and our member centres collectively encompass over 90% of researchers and 86% of acute health care services in the country, which provides significant opportunity for coordinated, national, action. Involvement of communities, consumers, patients, families and carers ensures solutions are based on knowledge and understanding of the specific challenges they face.
We are working on a wide range of projects both locally and nationally, including key national system level initiatives and research networks. These activities are primarily funded by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund and align with national and government priorities.
WHAT IS A RESEARCH TRANSLATION CENTRE?
Together, we are working to solve some of our greatest health care challenges.
AHRA is committed to ensuring Australia’s health system is fully informed by quality health and medical research. In partnership with our community we are researching and working with partners to develop ways to improve access, services, systems and health outcomes. We are striving for equity in health care provision and delivery while translating research into practice.
Working through AHRA, the 11 NHMRC-accredited Research Translation Centres across Australia are in a unique position to transcend State and Territory boundaries and improve systems of care and treatment in order to benefit all Australians.
The NHMRC, drawing on the success of centres in North America and Europe, put out a call in 2015 to accredit Australian Research Translation Centres that could bring together health services, academia and researchers in the belief that such integration would ultimately lead to better health outcomes.
As a result, the 11 NHMRC-accredited Research Translation Centres and 3 Emerging Research Translation Centres now form AHRA.