The Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre undertakes research that is aligned with the distinctive health challenges of the tropical northern Queensland region.
The northern Queensland population faces unique health and health service delivery challenges. This includes the need to deliver health care across a vast geographic area to a dispersed population, with a high burden of non-communicable disease and with ~10% of the population identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; insufficient health workforce in smaller population centres; and health and biosecurity risks from infectious diseases across northern borders, as well as higher incidence of local infectious diseases.
These challenges determine the orientation of research and research transation within TAAHC. Our research is organised within four key thematic areas: