The Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health aims to utilise a comprehensive approach to investigate the underlying mechanisms of various cardiovascular diseases. Research within the centre will span basic science, clinical and translational studies to identify therapeutic targets and enhance clinical outcomes for cardiovascular health across the Hunter region.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of Australians. Cardiovascular health in the Hunter New England Region (HNE) remains among the worst in the country. Within the Hunter region, there are significant disparities in cardiovascular outcomes – based on geography and indigenous status. The overarching aim of the Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health (PCC CVH) is to improve cardiovascular health in the HNE region. We will utilise a comprehensive approach of research and implementation of strategies to achieve this aim.

Our members span from benchtop research in the latest techniques to unravel the complex biology of cardiovascular disease, through to clinicians improving the health and saving the lives of the people of our region. The PCC CVH brings together leading cross-disciplinary researchers and clinical cardiologists who will provide a wealth of collective experience and skill sets.

We have state of the art research facilities at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, at the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus, and within the Hunter New England Health service at the John Hunter and Calvary Mater Hospitals. This variety of research platforms facilitates a wide range of research interests and future possibilities. Our clinicians provide state-of-the-art cardiac care to patients throughout the region.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.