NSW’s ten-year strategic plan for health and medical research recommended an enhanced role for research hubs that included key roles in fostering translation, innovation and research capacity. The NSW Health and Medical Research Hub Strategy provides a framework for the future role and development of these hubs.
Research hubs play an important role in promoting collaboration and coordinating the efforts of geographically proximate medical research institutes, local health districts, universities and community-orientated research in Medicare Locals. NSW Health has also enhanced the role of research hubs by establishing a state-wide Hub Council, which drives projects that foster translation, innovation and research capacity across NSW.
Research hub collaboration has shown proven results, with Sydney Health Partners being recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council as an Advanced Health Research Translational Centre. The Hunter and Sydney Alliance for Healthcare, Research and Training were also highly commended for their collaborative focus on research and translation.