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The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a new and significant health and tropical medicine research institute based in the tropics in northern Australia.

Our Vision

AITHM aspires to excellence in tropical health and medical research, biotechnology and research education, supporting better health for people in the tropics worldwide.

Our Values

Academic excellence, community partnerships, collaboration, respect, openness and integrity.

Our Purpose

We are building a world-leading health and medical research institute, dedicated to solving problems of major importance to tropical Australia, South East Asia, the Pacific and the tropics worldwide, leading to improvements in health outcomes and health service delivery and contributing to growing prosperity in the region.

The Queensland Government and the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded the establishment of AITHM in 2013. Based at James Cook University, AITHM’s research programs will confront northern Australia's major health security risks, attack its worst health outcomes, develop better ways to deliver health services to remote communities and help to establish northern Australia as a centre of excellence for tropical health and medical research. AITHM’s research programs will be guided by the following objectives to:

  1. Strengthen Australia's health security
  2. Improve health outcomes for northern Australia
  3. Contribute to the development of northern Australia through research, knowledge infrastructure and commercialisation of research findings.

In addition, AITHM is committed to collaborating with our near neighbours in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Papua New Guinea, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. AITHM will collaborate with our international partners in the areas of research training and the development of health workforces and health systems.

AITHM brings together the research capacity and expertise of a number of research centres and key research areas to enhance public health, biomolecular, clinical, translational and health systems research. By facilitating cross-disciplinary research activities, incubating research and translating innovation into real outcomes, AITHM will be a global leader in tropical health and medical research, biotechnology and research education.

AITHM is a member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes.