AITHM James Cook University

On Twitter

Latest tweets

Download Our
Annual Report

AITHM’s health systems research brings together collaborations between researchers and health professionals to focus on improving models of health service delivery and increasing the health workforce capacity in tropical Australia and the region.

In conjunction with rural, remote, Indigenous and Pacific communities, AITHM is developing targeted research to improve access to healthcare, and improve health care delivery in these geographically remote communities.

Occupational Health and Safety research and black lung disease

In 2014, AITHM committed to the ARC Special Research Initiative to establish an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) research unit in Mackay. This was consistent with AITHM’s fundamental intent to undertake research of real health relevance, and particularly recognition of the importance of OHS to the region.
Read More

The ‘pharmacological tourniquet’ – saving lives after massive internal bleeding

Internal blood loss is a major cause of death following traumatic injury and typically occurs within the crucial first hour before patients can receive lifesaving surgery. Professor Geoffrey Dobson and Dr Hayley Letson have developed a world first ‘pharmacological tourniquet’, which when administered intravenously can treat shock and reduce abdominal bleeding by up to 60 per cent.
Read More

Telehealth monitoring in rural and remote communities

Associate Professor Sabe Sabesan, in collaboration with the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening has developed a trial incorporating community telehealth monitoring in an effort to reduce potentially preventable hospitalisations for high-risk people with chronic disease.
Read More

Exploring the full cost of stillbirth

While acknowledging the heartbreaking emotional toll of stillbirth, AITHM’s Health Economics team is looking at the full economic cost of the tragedy.
Read More

Poor health leads to income poverty

Research published by Dr Emily Callander demonstrated that developing chronic disease makes you more likely to fall into income poverty. Utilising five years of data, gathered from 3,754 people across Australia, the study found that people who developed arthritis had an elevated risk of income poverty and an even greater risk of multidimensional poverty.
Read More

Health economics shines light on true cost of health care

New research led by health economist Dr Emily Callander shows one in four chronically ill Australians is skipping healthcare because of high costs, providing clear data for government policy regarding out-of-pocket costs.
Read More