About the Health Impact Research Centre
HIRC brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines to address the complex problems that impinge on the health of communities. The leadership of HIRC will bring together established groupings including the capacity of the clinical trials of the Smart Food Centre, the interdisciplinary lifestyle intervention capacity of the HealthTrack project and the clinical epidemiology and practice-based research capacity of the SIMLR Cohort Study and the Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN). ISPRN is an extensive network of over 40 general practices and UOW academics with a highly active research program, researcher development and strong primary health sector support.
The SIMLR Cohort Study is a longitudinal geographically enabled observational study of health risks in over 360,000 Illawarra and Shoalhaven residents, undertaken in collaboration with Southern.IML Pathology and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District Public Health Unit.