NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (established 2010 onwards) and NHMRC Centres of Clinical Research Excellence (pre-2010) are External Research Centres funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The NHMRC Centres of research Excellence web site is http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/apply-funding/centres-research-excellence-cre

 

Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health

Chief Investigator: Prof Tony Butler

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 9257
Email: tbutler@kirby.unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

Mission statement of the centre:

The Australian Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Offender Health was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council in 2013.  Prior to this CRE, there was no national (or international) centre focused on offender health, despite the large discrepancies that exist between the overall health of prisoners and those in the general population.


The CRE in Offender Health brings together a team of internationally recognised researchers from across Australia who specialise in various aspects of offender health to advance research and policy in the area and to improve health outcomes for this population group.  The CRE prioritises two overall research themes – mental health and infectious diseases – both are in line with national priority areas and reflect the burden of diseases posed by these areas on the offender population.  The two primary themes fall under three research strands: Surveillance and monitoring, Treatment interventions and Evaluation. The CRE in Offender Health prioritises two overall research themes – mental health and infectious diseases – both are in line with national priority areas and reflect the burden of diseases posed by these areas on the offender population.

The CRE aims to generate new knowledge and address policy-relevant questions relating to violence, alcohol use, Aboriginal health, disease burden, the threat posed by infectious diseases, and diversion away from prison and into treatment.  These aims will be achieved via three research strands focusing on surveillance and monitoring, treatment Interventions, and evaluation.

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Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS)

Director: Prof Maree Teesson

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 0333
Email: comorbidity@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

Mission statement of the centre:

The CRE aims to generate new research to increase the knowledge base regarding the effective prevention and treatment to comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. These aims will be achieved via three research streams focusing on the prevention,  treatment, and epidemiology,  of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders.
Furthermore, in addition to making the finding of our research available in the scientific literature, an integral component of this CRE is the translation of these research findings into educational curricula, training programs and clinical resources, as well as resources for the general public.

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Centre of Research Excellence in Population Health Research

Chief Investigator: Prof Raina MacIntyre

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 1192
Email: e.kpozehoven@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

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Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP)

Director: Prof Helen Christensen

Contact:
Email: enquiries@cresp.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

Mission statement of the centre:

CRESP aims to lower suicide rates in Australia. We focus on four research streams: better delivery of interventions; better knowledge of causes and risks; improved help-seeking; and improved prioritising of suicide funds.

Activities integral to achieving our aim include research, translation, education and collaboration to generate new knowledge, inform policy and practice, train further researchers and educate the public, policy makers and clinicians, and to help link the expertise of researchers, clinicians, suicide prevention organisations, consumers and carers and government in order to bring rapid gains in suicide prevention.

 

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Moving Ahead, Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery (Moving Ahead)

Director: Prof Skye McDonald

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 3524
Email: movingahead@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

Mission statement of the centre:

Moving Ahead aims to improve outcomes for those with a traumatic brain injury by developing empirically-supported treatments, addressing deficits in social skills, communication, mood, fatigue, self-awareness and self-regulation.

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