Federal recognition for health network

June 16, 2017

Minister Ken Wyatt AM, Professor Eeva Leinonen, Professor Peter Thompson and Professor Peter Klinken AC

Health leaders gathered at Murdoch University this week as the Federal government awarded official accreditation to the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN).

Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, announced that WAHTN has been accredited as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC).

This formal recognition from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) places Western Australia among the world’s top centres performing translational research to directly improve patient care.

Several researchers from Murdoch University currently work with WAHTN across a range of disciplines, including health policy and economics, big data, Aboriginal health and culture, phenomics and precision medicine, and neuroscience.

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 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.”

The network operates to ensure that health and medical research is incorporated as essential elements of the health system in WA.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said: “This is a proud moment for Western Australia, to receive recognition that its health and medical research translation activities are being performed at an international standard of excellence.

“It’s also a proud moment for Murdoch University to host this recognition event. We are at the international forefront of translation medical research in WA. We have a great story to tell.”

WAHTN is a leading centre of collaboration with a focus on practical translation, education and training, and outstanding healthcare.

Accreditation will deliver significant benefits, including improved access to national level funding and networks, supporting it to continue to build research translation capabilities in Australia.

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