Key AITHM research focusses on major chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, asthma, allergy, bowel disease, schizophrenia, and alcohol and drug abuse.
According to the World Health Organization, chronic diseases are the leading cause of deaths worldwide, and yet in many cases can be prevented. Often long in duration and generally slow to progress, chronic disease can be influenced by genetics, lifestyle, socio-economic factors, and environment, and are expected to become more common as populations age and risk factors increase. The impact of these diseases is particularly significant in developing countries, such as those around the Tropics, and among Indigenous communities in northern Australia.
AITHM’s multidisciplinary research aims to strengthen health systems and increase workforce capacity through collaborations with key industry and community partners. The research aims to advance the health and wellbeing of tropical and Indigenous populations through understanding the causes, preventions and treatment of chronic disease.
AITHM and its partners will build capacity and strengthen health systems in these populations through translating their research results into healthcare solutions, such as new diagnostics, improved healthcare policy and community based interventions.