The Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre undertakes research that is aligned with the distinctive health challenges of the northern Queensland region.
The northern Queensland population faces distinct health and health service delivery challenges, including:
- The need to deliver health care to provincial centres, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and rural and remote settings spread across a vast geographic area;
- Multimorbidity, including a high burden of non-communicable disease, often overlapping with infectious disease;
- Geographic and skills maldistribution of the health workforce, with severe maldistribution in some areas; and
- Risk of infectious disease incursions across northern borders.
These challenges determine the orientation of research, innovation, evaluation, training and translation for TAAHC, and the delivery of high-quality evidence-based health care.. Our research is organised within four key thematic areas: