George Institute Executive Director champions universal access to healthcare

In a recent edition of ‘International Innovation’, Professor Vlado Perkovic discussed how The George Institute for Global Health’s research is championing universal access to affordable, high-quality healthcare across the world.

Professor Perkovic, Executive Director of The George Institute Australia, said that the Institutes research is focused on finding solutions to the leading causes of death and disability around the world.

“Whether it be for the individual patient or populations, whether in low- or high-income countries, people around the world should have access to the treatment they need when they need it.

“Our research isn’t done in laboratories, but directly with people, local communities and through collaborations with hospitals and universities. 

“We believe this approach is central to influencing policy and practice, by working directly at the ‘coalface’, allowing us to find practical ways to relieve the burden of chronic diseases and injury on the health system.”

Professor Perkovic also reflected on the achievements of the Institute since its inception in 1999, while looking to the future goals of the organisation.

“Our strategy over the coming years is to stay focused on research that has real impact on the community – be it for patients or populations, low- or high-income countries. 

“The Institute’s research will continue to focus on the biggest causes of death and disability, finding improved ways to deliver healthcare and research that can bring about real and affordable change within just a few years – from individual medicines to healthcare delivery strategies and health system reform.

“We aim to focus on the most important problems in health, which cause the greatest burden of disease, and develop the best research possible to allow these to be addressed. The issues we tackle are universally relevant to low-, middle- and high-income countries.

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