Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

Public Health

The HMRI Public Health Program is committed to conducting and enhancing practice-based population health and health service research that benefits the Hunter and New England area, New South Wales, and communities more broadly.

This Program brings together researchers from a variety of fields including; public health, epidemiology, health promotion, psychology, statistics, economics, medicine, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing.

These researchers work collaboratively to address a variety of topics, such as: ageing, reproductive health, mental health, nutrition, obesity, smoking, alcohol, and prevention of chronic illness including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Members of the Program are drawn from health service and university research groups:

  • Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
  • Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour
  • Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Discipline of Health Behaviour Sciences
  • Hunter New England Population Health
  • Clinical Research Design, Information Technology and Statistical Support (CReDITSS)

The HMRI Public Health Program also houses:

The Hunter Community Study, providing data on the health of people in the Hunter aged 55 years and over.
The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. This is a major national resource which provides data assets to inform government policy, and enables a broad range of collaborative research.

Members of the HMRI Public Health Program supervise over 80 research higher degree students undertaking projects across a wide range of topics.

The Capacity Building Group (CBG) is a key component of the Public Health Program. This group is funded by NSW Ministry of Health Population Health and Health Services Research Support Program (PHHSRS) to undertake defined activities to promote better health and improved health service delivery in NSW.  The Group supports and conducts collaborative research with health service staff, and also supports public health researchers via the provision of workshops, training and mentorship.

Researchers within the Public Health Program are also affiliated with the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing; and the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour.

Program Leaders: Professor Julie Byles and Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher AO, The University of Newcastle.

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    1. PULSE Wine & Cheese Appreciation Night

      August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    2. HTRF Glow Walk

      September 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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      September 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm