Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Leading in health system innovation through world class research, generating, disseminating and translating research knowledge that can improve health systems.

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is a leading research institute investigating many aspects of health care. The Institute is comprised of three Centres: the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, the Centre for Health Informatics and the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research. We’re a major national resource for many people whose work is intrinsic to strengthening health systems, organisations and services.

We strive to conduct world-class research with relevance to national and international research communities, governments, policymakers, providers of health services, managers, clinicians, patients and the community. Our work underpins health reforms and systems improvement and provides new tools, perspectives and evidence to help stakeholders who are interested in making the health system more effective, efficient and productive.

Our overarching aim is to produce new, high quality research evidence to support change and improvement. We are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council, NSW Health and many other supporters, partners and stakeholders. If you want to find out more about our projects, national and international collaborators, staff or students, or access our research, annual reports or research monographs, you will find a wealth of materials on this site.

The principal objective of the AIHI is to conduct multidisciplinary research into health sector practices, organisation and management, that directly enhances the delivery of high quality, safe, efficient and affordable health care. The emphasis is on translational research, and turning policy into practice.

AIHI aims

The Institute aims to conduct multidisciplinary research into health sector practices, organisation and management to enhance the delivery of high quality, safe, efficient and affordable health care. Our emphasis on translational research, and turning policy into practice, will see the Institute focus in particular on:

  • Understanding clinician behaviour as a basis for practice improvement
  • Decision support systems and evidence based health care
  • Translational bioinformatics
  • Communication support systems
  • Designing models of care which provide improved patient safety and quality
  • Enhancing teamwork and inter-professional practice within services, and integration across services
  • Engendering change through new models of care and strategies for delivery
  • Designing intelligent services using information and communication technologies.

Our background

Leaders in health system innovation

Health care reform and service innovation are the most pressing challenges to modern health care. Internationally, health systems struggle to keep up with demand, driven by modern technologies, changing consumer preferences and an ageing population, and hindered by a diminishing workforce. Leading thinkers now see the radical reinvention of health care delivery, exploiting innovations in systems design and technology, as the only way of creating a health system that is sustainable and meets the needs and expectations of the community.

Centres of research excellence

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) was established in December 2007 and joined Macquarie University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in November 2014. Led by Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, it brings together three well-established and successful research centres that work in the separate but related areas of health services research, health informatics and health systems and safety. These are respectively the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science directed by Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, the Centre for Health Informatics directed by Professor Enrico Coiera and the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research directed by Professor Johanna Westbrook.

Collaborative research

The Institute provides national and international leadership in developing innovative research-led solutions to health care systems by capitalising on the success of the existing Centres. It fashions linkages with external research agencies, policy bodies and health care provider organisations, creating a strong national capability in scholarly activities and forging sustainable relationships with international bodies and researchers.

Multidisciplinary staff and higher degree students

The Institute currently has approximately 100 research staff, associates, national and international visiting professors and fellows, including up to 30 doctoral, masters or honours research students. It has experienced rapid growth and it is anticipated this will continue in the foreseeable future. The Institute is a multidisciplinary environment and operates with a philosophy of teamwork and mutual professional support and respect.

Translational research improving health systems

We strive to create a strong, inclusive environment for excellent scholarship, research activities and output. This is the largest grouping of health services researchers in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Our aim is to provide a productive culture and first class environment for health systems research, addressing critical issues arising in current health systems that cannot effectively be addressed by single-focus research centres.

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