Health system research
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.
The George Institute prioritises clinical and population health research that produces outcomes that are easily translated into practice, and effect real change within a short period of time to health policy and practice. The Institute has been ranked among the top 10 global institutes for impact for the last several years, and its research has resulted in changes to medical guidelines and ways of thinking about some of the most common medical treatments around the world.
Examples include developing a new treatment for stroke, showing that blood pressure lowering reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes, and providing safer fluid options for patients in intensive care. Developing better methods for delivering health care are a priority for the Institute.
With over 120 projects around the world, the Institute’s has a network of leading medical professionals, expertise in conducting robust, large scale clinical trials and a solid understanding of the clinical trial processes needed to make sure that only medicines and treatments that are safe, effective and reliable are made available.