About the Centres for Health Research
The Princess Alexandra Hospital Centres for Health Research was established to foster research on and in collaboration with the campus across the whole spectrum of research from basic biomedical to translational, clinical, health services and population health research. It is the coordinating body for research and seeks to support and facilitate the research endeavours of all professional groups.
The Centres provides professional advice and support in relation to research management / governance and research ethics including:
promoting the conduct of research in keeping with state, commonwealth and international regulatory, legislative and ethical standards including the NHMRC National Statement (2007), the Australian Code of Conduct for Responsible Research and the ICH/GCP (Good Clinical Practice ) Guidelines in Research (PDF),
intellectual property and contractual agreements,
awareness of funding opportunities and developing grant applications,
facilities, space and resource management,
mentoring and training support to researchers,
research protocol submissions to the Metro South Health Service District Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
The Centres for Health Research is the first point of contact for researchers wishing to undertake research involving humans. The Centres hosts the Metro South Health Service District HREC.
Referral to other staff and services, such as statistical expertise, is arranged as required.
"There was outstanding evidence of strong medical/nursing/allied health research programs, commonly in collaboration with state, national and international research organisations, which readily demonstrates the hospital's commitment and expertise in systematic scientific inquiry. The many research activities are centrally coordinated by the hospital's Centres for Health Research, which is led by an appropriately qualified directorate. The hospital's research policy is governed by an appropriately constituted Human Research Ethics Committee and is consistent with NHMRC, state/national legislation, regulations, guidelines and professional codes of conduct. Formal agreements are in place with collaborating research organisations."
-The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards EQuIP 4th Edition: Page 36 20/11/2009
The focus of all research at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Metro South Health Service District is translational research, utilising research based understanding of disease processes to develop new treatments and therapies to improve the health of the community. The Translational Research Institute (PDF), scheduled for completion in 2012, will accommodate 650 scientists who will work on translating science into better patient outcomes.
The Southern Clinical Division of The University of Queensland (UQ) Medical School is centred on the campus. It is an active training venue for Nursing and the Allied Health sciences and post graduate training programs for all the major medical disciplines are located on the campus. The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute is based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University have interactions and presence on campus.