Welcome to the Health Impacts Research Centre
The vision of HIRC is to undertake interdisciplinary research that positively impacts on the health of whole communities.
HIRC creates synergies between health researchers from different disciplines within the SMAH Faculty. Our values are innovation, collaboration, inclusiveness, integrity and accountability.
HIRC aims to:
- Encourage innovation and self-sustaining research collaboration by investing in a HIRC collaborative project. This is a transdisciplinary program targeting the high prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region.
- Build capacity amongst its researchers by supporting small projects and related publications and conference presentations,
- Enhance research quality through enhancements in training, workshops and seminars with external facilitators and collaborators.
The mission of HIRC is to undertake interdisciplinary research to better understand personal and community experiences related to living with chronic conditions and inform innovative approaches to the prevention and management of chronic conditions, particularly to local communities. Underpinning the mission is a strong focus on capacity development of researchers.
HIRC’s mission is to better understand experiences related to living with illness and disease through innovative research and evidence based practice.
HIRC acknowledges a life course approach to health conditions and undertakes research across all ages.
There is a need for innovative approaches to support individuals and communities living with chronic conditions, including effective implementation of health resources in order to provide best outcomes for communities.
HIRC members undertake collaborative research to achieve:
- Translational research in clinical care and population health
- supporting a practice research network that informs healthcare solutions, including general practitioners and practice nurses
- community based programs that provide supportive environments to promote health
- interdisciplinary models of care for lifestyle modifications
2. Building the evidence base for practice
- proof of principle studies and evidence based reviews that support innovative research in practice
- research informing clinical decision making
- population health research to identify risk factors of local communities
3. Developing fundamental knowledge relevant to practice (experimental, mechanistic and epidemiological research)
- clinical trials in targeted populations
- applied research on mechanisms of action and novel biomarkers for lifestyle interventions
4. Delivering effective primary care practitioners
- research to improve the education of healthcare providers