Better Health

We face a crisis in health care across the world. An ageing population and growing incidence of preventable chronic disease threatens to overwhelm our communities and health care systems.

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are taking a new approach to health, which is predictive, preventative and participatory. We aspire to meet the healthcare needs of an ageing population with multiple chronic conditions, reduce the growing burden of preventable chronic disease, deliver convenient and affordable health services and improve consumer engagement in health care.

Tasmania is at the forefront in facing the challenges of an ageing population in an environment of relative socio-demographic disadvantage, making it an ideal location for developing and evaluating health innovations. As the state's only university, we also benefit from close links with the community, health system and health professionals.

Research outcomes include: Identifying the link between babies' sleeping position and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a finding which has seen SIDS-related infant mortality reducing by 90% in Australia; identifying genetic markers linked to prostate cancer risk; confirming the link between early childhood health and educational attainment; and improving aged care to reduce the impacts of dementia.

Fast Facts

Established in 1988, the Menzies Institute for Medical Research has had a profound impact on community health and well-being and is now accommodated in our new $148 million Medical Science Precinct.

We received the highest possible rating of 5 (well above world standard) for Clinical Sciences in 2012 by the Australian Research Council.

Research Focus


Reducing preventable chronic disease.


Investigating and developing effective, affordable and early medical intervention.


Developing policy interventions that improve community health and well-being.

Health-Care Systems

Developing new approaches to better deliver affordable, equitable, quality and person-centric health systems.

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