Health and medical research

Research is an essential component of SA Health’s mission as it supports innovation, attracts high quality staff, and delivers health, social and economic benefits for South Australia.

Every day the public benefits from innovations derived through research, from discovering new ways to prevent disease such as a new vaccine, to discovering patterns of disease.

South Australia has a long history of excellence in health and medical research and has fostered world class scientists. Some examples include:

  • The Honourable Dr Basil Hetzel, AC, who pioneered work leading to the prevention of thyroid disease and intellectual disability that is associated with iodine deficiency in developing countries.
  • Professor John Hopwood and his team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital who worked on the diagnosis and treatment of lysosomal storage disorders.
  • The work of Professor Fran Baum AO on the social determinants of health and the ongoing influence of this work on South Australian government policy.

SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre

The NHMRC accredited SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre is a whole of state collaborative network comprising the state’s academic, research and health care delivery agencies. SA Health is one of the key partners supporting the Centre. The Centre has a strong focus on research, clinical services, education and training. The vision is to continuously enhance the rate of translation of research into health care in order to create a self-improving and high-quality health system, which is also sustainable.

Centre for Cancer Biology

The Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) undertakes groundbreaking research with key partners and the community to find the causes of cancer via breakthrough discoveries, and translating these learnings into new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat cancer. Their partnership with SA Pathology and the University of South Australia is critical to their success.

Research Focus 2020 Framework

Following consultation with the research and broader community in South Australia, the SA Health Research Focus 2020 Framework (PDF 134KB) is now available to view online.

This framework highlights the important role of health and medical research in the public health sector of South Australia, and outlines ten key goals that SA Health will be supporting to enhance the efforts of research in South Australia.

SA Health will use this framework to form an implementation plan in collaboration with key stakeholders

For further information about the Framework, please contact the Office for Research on

Human Research Biobanks and Associated Data

The Guidance Document for Human Research Biobanks and Associated Data (Guidance Document) draws reference from national and international sources to provide guidance to South Australian biobanks on the:

  • minimum standards required for biobanking
  • principles and best practices related to biobanking governance, business planning, funding, data management and consent; and
  • management of risks.

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