Established in 2008, The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) is a joint initiative of the University of Wollongong (UOW) and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). IHMRI’s headquarters are on the UOW’s main campus in a state-of-the-art building completed in 2010.
IHMRI's vision - excellence and innovation in health and medical research supporting better health services leading to a healthier Illawarra community - encapsulates the belief that by linking academic and clinical researchers around common health and medical issues, research findings can be rapidly translated into improved clinical practice and health service delivery.
The institute’s point of difference is its regional, community-centred focus and commitment to addressing regional health issues such as chronic disease, potentially avoidable hospitalisations, mental illness and increased burden of disease in elderly and aboriginal populations. IHMRI researchers also contribute knowledge to resolve global health challenges.
IHMRI provides research leadership, coordination, infrastructure and facilities to over 500 researchers within the university, the health service and community organisations. It encourages an inter-disciplinary approach to research, with activity structured around a set of broad-based research themes and overarching population health agenda.
By encouraging collaboration between academic and clinician researchers, IHMRI is delivering results that are directly applicable to clinical practice, health service delivery and public health in the Illawarra region and beyond.