We are an innovative partnership that integrates Queensland research, education and care for better health outcomes.
In 2014, we established Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners (BDHP) as a health translation collaborative network. Three years later, the National Health and Medical Research Council accredited BDHP as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.
As an AHRTC, our role is to connect the efforts of individuals, organisations and communities in Queensland for better health. Our partners are health, research and education leaders who combine their strengths in state-of-the-art facilities to solve major health challenges.
Our research efforts focus on the most pressing clinical and service delivery challenges impacting people in the greater Brisbane region and Queensland. We serve a population of about 2.5 million people, including the largest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.
Themes and Goals
In our Strategic Plan 2021-23, we identified four strategic goals for BDHP:
- Make the business of translation easier
- Strengthen and position Queensland’s translational research
- Foster targeted impacts on health and wellbeing
- Reinforce our high performing partnership
These goals are brought to life through a series of discrete projects and activities in BDHP’s operational work program.
In addition, we work on a wide range of projects in Queensland and nationally as part of the Australian Health Research Alliance.
Some of the ways BDHP encourages collaboration is by:
- Pursuing joint funding opportunities and economies of scale
- Removing or reducing the barriers to collaboration, such as red tape. See research facilitation
- Engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders, including communities and consumers, to share discoveries and establish areas for future investigation
- Using education to build workforce skills and knowledge
- Providing a direct line of communication with other AHRTCs and the government
- Advocating for system changes and resources to support translational research
- Showing how collaborative research can succeed in a large health system such as Queensland’s.
Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA)
BDHP is a part of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) – a national group comprising Australia’s seven accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and three Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs).
AHRA’s goal is to accelerate the pace and scale of research translation into healthcare and community health by supporting and connecting all phases of the research journey so that innovations and discoveries are implemented as soon as possible.
Working through AHRA, Australia’s accredited translation centres aim to work across State and Territory boundaries and improve healthcare for all Australians.
For more information about AHRA visit www.ahra.org.au
AHRA discussion paper: Addressing the Workforce Gap in Health Research Translation