The George Institute for Global Health employs some of the world’s best scientific minds across a broad spectrum of public health focuses. We welcome media enquiries regarding our specialist areas and our experts, as listed below.
Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations is a major priority for The George Institute. We focus on addressing high rates of chronic disease and injury within these communities. The community-led programs drive evidence-based solutions to help close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia and around the world. Globally it accounts for more than 17 million deaths a year and this figure is on the rise. We are developing new strategies for predicting, preventing and treating the disease.
Staff in intensive care units are constantly faced with the challenge of making critical decisions, which have the potential to impact the survival and recovery of patients in their care, quickly and accurately.
An estimated 1.5 million Australians are affected by diabetes. It is the fastest growing chronic disease in the country, and is on a path to become the number one burden of disease for Australians. Diabetes is also taking its place on an international stage, as our population ages and people move into more urban settings.
Eating a high quality diet is vital to good health. Unfortunately, the food environment makes it very difficult to make the right nutritional choices and poor diets are now the leading cause of death in Australia.
The Australian health system is under immense pressure from the burden of chronic disease and injury and the increasing costs of healthcare are quickly becoming unsustainable, estimated to reach $246 billion by 2033. Health system research has a critical role to play in addressing this problem by helping identify affordable models of healthcare and innovative approaches to the treatment and management of disease. Research also provides an investment in future of the economy with every dollar invested in Australian health and medical research returning an average $2.17 in health benefits.
Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, rates of end-stage kidney disease are shockingly high: up to thirty times the national average. But why do people get kidney disease? Why is it so devastating? What role does lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking play? And what can we do about it?
The most sensitive instrument of the human body is the brain and the disorders that affect it. Disorders and diseases such as stroke, epilepsy, mood disorders, dementia and sleep apnoea, are each key areas of research carried out by The George Institute’s Neurological and Mental Health Division.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the second commonest non-infectious disease in the world. Prevalence rates worldwide are high particularly in low and middle income countries, with up to 64 million people affected.
It is estimated that nearly 1.2 million people die, and between 20 and 50 million are injured or disabled, as a result of road accidents annually, which in turn places great pressure on health systems globally.