With no national research network in maternal or women’s health, the imperative for the Australian Health Research Alliance (The Alliance) sitting across all NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centres and Centres for lnnovation in Regional Health, to mobilise and collaborate has never been greater.
The Alliance provides an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration at a national level to build capacity and cut across systems level challenges to improve the health of Australian women, their families and communities.
Currently there are national research networks covering cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke and many other areas of health. Here we bring together a unique network in maternal and women’s health that can reflect the perspectives of health providers, researchers and community to inform policy and national research, translation and health agendas. We will also engage key stakeholder groups to broaden engagement and collaboration.
This network will address women’s health across the lifespan from adolescence, the reproductive years and through menopause and ageing.
It will focus on health of women who experience disadvantage in access to health promotion and health care such as women in rural and remote areas, migrant and refugee women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
The Australian Health Research Alliance is in an ideal position to support significant opportunities for better health through collaborative research and translation and health care improvement in partnership.
You can read more about the proposed National Women’s Health Network here.