GLOBAL eHEALTH RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CLUSTERGlobal e-health Research Cluster

Research Capabilities

The 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) placed the University of Newcastle equal 7th for research and found 90% of our research to be world standard or above. We achieved ERA ratings of 5 (denoting 'well above world class') for the following research areas relating to Global eHealth:

  • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Psychology and Cognitive Science
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Immunology
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
  • Applied Mathematics

UON was the only University in Australia to receive an ERA rating of 5 for Applied Mathematics.

Key Capabilities

Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

HMRI LogoThe Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is a pioneering partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) and the community that delivers key translational health and medical research and technology closely aligned to community health needs.

HMRI delivers translational research excellence through its seven translational research programs. These are:

  • Brain and Mental Health program
  • Cancer Research Program
  • Cardiovascular Health Program
  • Information Based Medicine Program
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction Program
  • Public Health Program
  • Virus, Infections/Immunity, Vaccines and Asthma (VIVA) Program

For further information, please visit the HMRI website.

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Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRC PAN)

AppleThe Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRC PAN) offers unique interdisciplinary expertise and leadership by galvanising education and public health researchers, biochemists, exercise physiologists, food scientists, Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs), nutritionists and behavioural scientists to combat the obesity epidemic and related chronic disease burden to improve the quality of life of Australians.

The primary aim of the PRC PAN is to achieve high quality research, training, and knowledge translation in the development and testing of efficacious/effective, theory-driven, multi-level, population-based physical activity and nutrition-related interventions and natural experiments that can ultimately be used and sustained in practice.

In the 2012 ERA the PRC PAN also received the top rating of '5' in Human Movement and Sport Science as well as Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrating that the research in this Centre is 'well above world standards'.

For further information on the research of this centre, please visit the PRC PAN web page.

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Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing

The PRC for Gender, Health and Ageing focuses on the individual and social factors that affect the health and well-being of men and women as they age, and the ways in which communities and organisations respond to an ageing population.

The Centre focuses on individual health care and societal factors that affect the health of men and women across the life course.

The Centre creates and capitalises on significant data assets to provide research for the development of health and social policy, and service delivery programs within Australia.

The centre also includes the WHO Collaborating Centre for International longitudinal Studies on Gender, Ageing and Health.

For further information, please visit the PRC for Gender, Health and Ageing web page.

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Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)

The PRC for Health Behaviour (CHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.

Led by its highly experienced Director, Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher, the PRC for Health Behaviour brings together a number of separate research groups to harness their combined wealth of research expertise. These groups include:

  • Hunter New England Population Health (HNEPH)
  • Health Behaviour Research Group (HBRG)
  • Discipline of Health Behaviour Sciences
  • The School of Psychology
  • Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB)
  • Maddison Collaboration

CHB research focuses on social and individual factors which affect the health of populations: developing measures and interventions for reducing prevalence of preventable disease risks while increasing equitable and evidence-based health care delivery. CHB works to assess and reduce the psychosocial impacts of chronic disease and is involved in improving responses to emerging infectious disease threats.

CHB combines researchers from a variety of fields including: psychology, public health, medicine, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing to carry out high quality, intervention-focused health behaviour research targeting key public health issues.

For further information on the research of this centre, please visit the CHB web page.

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER)

CIBERThe Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER) as formed in 2003 to address important social, cultural and technical challenges involving architecture, building and design.

CIBER investigates design and construction practice, spatial analysis and optimisation, industry policy and process, project development, and heritage and conservation issues. Our research is applicable to property and construction, civil infrastructure, asset and facilities management, mining, aerospace, shipping, interior and industrial design.

Our research investigations are complex and require multi disciplinary solutions – we focus on the nature of the problem and seek out appropriate disciplinary knowledge to develop innovative solutions.

At various levels we are all actively engaged in policy, process or practice issues through a nexus of research, teaching and community engagement and are able to respond to current pressure points and identify future trends.

For more information, visit the CIBER web page.

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Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH)

CTNMHThe Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH) is focused on increasing understanding of brain/mental disorders including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, and balance disorders.

CTNMH encompasses research across a broad range of focus areas including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, addiction, stroke, dementia, and balance disorders.

This is achieved through multi-disciplinary collaboration across several levels, namely, the basic sciences, translational, intervention and population research aiming for both discovery and, importantly, translation between basic and clinical neuroscience.

Visit the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH) for more information on research programs.

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Applied Informatics Research Group (AIR)

The Applied Informatics Research Group (AIR) is based in the School of Design, Communication & Information Technology (DCIT) at the University of Newcastle and conducts research in the areas of health informatics, data cleaning and integration, identification of unusual persons, items or events, decision support, information visualisation, serious computer games, user interface design and modelling and simulation.

For more information on the work of AIR please visit the AIR Group web page

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Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre (HCIT)

The Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre (HCIT) provides a gateway into the University's knowledge community of creative thinkers and innovators. Working collaboratively with national and international business and knowledge communities,  the Centre will address the creative, research and business opportunities of future. 

Established in 2013, HCIT aims to be a positive agent of change in the creative industries of technology, communication and design for our region and our city.

For further information on the Centre, please visit the HCIT web page.

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Family Action Centre (FAC)

Family Action CentreThe Family Action Centre (FAC) is a practice, teaching and research centre working with families and communities in all their diverse forms. The FAC is based in the Faculty of Health & Medicine, School of Health Sciences, at The University of Newcastle.

The FAC aims to strengthen families and communities through the integration of innovative family and community programs, research, teaching and dissemination. Strengths-based models of practice are developed & implemented in all our programs.

Academic teaching & research projects link practice experience and knowledge with emerging national and international themes within the field of family studies.

We offer The Master of Family Studies and Graduate Certificate in Family Studies, which provide postgraduate pathways for a wide range of graduates working with families.

Further information on the work of the Family Action Centre can be found at the FAC web page.

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The Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM)

The Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) is committed to shortening the process of obtaining novel discoveries to achieve distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.

The core aim of the research conducted by CIBM is the delivery of "bench-to-bedside" research by combining the often disparate disciplines of bioinformatics, molecular and genetic analysis, clinical information and population data. CIBM aims to find methodologies that will shorten the process of obtaining novel discoveries and to use them to obtain distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.

Visit the Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) web page for more information.

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Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH)

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) is based in Orange. It is a major rural initiative of The University of Newcastle, Faculty of Health and Medicine and the NSW Ministry of Health.

CRRMH aims to bring quality education and research programs to all rural areas of NSW through effective partnerships. The Centre will improve the mental health of rural and remote communities through academic leadership, collaboration and achievements in research, education, service development and information services.

Visit the CRRMH website for further details.

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The Wollotuka Institute

Since 1983, the Wollotuka Institue has played an important role in representing and supporting Indigenous Australians studying at university. Through its work, Wollotuka and the University of Newcastle more  broadly are regarded as leaders in Indigenous education in Australia.

Wollotuka consolidates all Indigenous activities of the University under one strategic and operational body.

 The four functions of The Wollotuka Institute incorporate:

 For more information on the work of the Institute, please visit the Wollotuka web page.

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Speech Pathology Research Network

Led by Dr Bronwyn Hemsley, the Speech Pathology Research Network brings together researchers from the Faculty of Education and Arts in the discipline of Speech Pathology.

The Speech pathology discipline is distinctive in its diversity (speech, language, fluency, disability, aphasia) and focus on the impact of communication disorders and disabilities in everyday life and on key stakeholders supporting them in education, health and employment.

Visit the Speech Pathology Research Network web page.

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