Western Australia’s medical and health research expertise has received a boost after being recognised by the Federal Government as a national leader in the field.
Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt today announced the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) had been accredited as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.
This is the first such recognition for Western Australia and the network now joins the alliance of the other six accredited advanced centres across the country.
The WAHTN is a world-class clinical and research network that brings together WA’s major hospitals, medical research institutes, two private hospitals, the WA Department of Health and all five WA universities, to translate health research into policy, practice and innovation.
The network operates to ensure that health and medical research are incorporated as essential elements of the health system in WA.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) accreditation recognises the WAHTN as a leading centre of collaboration with a focus on practical translation, education and training, and outstanding healthcare.
The recognition will deliver significant benefits, including improved access to national level funding and networks, supporting it to continue to build research translation capabilities in Australia.
Executive Director of WAHTN Professor John Challis said the accreditation was a tremendous achievement that raised the status of WA’s health and medical research sector at a national and international level.
“The success of the WAHTN is testament to the strong collaboration between all partners involved who drive the research, translation, patient care and education programs,” Professor Challis said.
“This accreditation will allow us to expand our current research to continue to provide benefits to health researchers across the state and improve the health and well-being of all Western Australians”.
Professor Peter Klinken (WA Chief Scientist) (+61 8) 6552 6080