The George Institute for Global Health employs some of the world’s best scientific minds across a broad spectrum of public health focuses. We welcome media enquiries regarding our specialist areas and our experts, as listed below.
Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations is a major priority for The George Institute. We focus on addressing high rates of chronic disease and injury within these communities. The community-led programs drive evidence-based solutions to help close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death around the world. Globally it accounts for more than 17 million deaths a year and this figure is on the rise. We are developing new strategies for predicting, preventing and treating the disease.
Staff in intensive care units are constantly faced with the challenge of making critical decisions, which have the potential to impact the survival and recovery of patients in their care, quickly and accurately.
The first World Health Organization global report on diabetes found that the number of adults living with diabetes almost quadrupled to 422 million adults from 1980 to 2014. Low and middle income countries were the hardest hit with this disease and other NCDs. The George Institute addresses diabetes by looking at contributing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease, plus the rise of obesity.
Eating a high quality diet is vital to good health. Unfortunately, the food environment makes it very difficult to make the right nutritional choices. The George Institute works to minimise this harm by highlighting the adverse effects of diets high in salt, saturated fat and sugar and by undertaking research that supports healthier food choices.
Health systems are under immense pressure from the burden of chronic disease and injury and the increasing costs of healthcare are quickly becoming unsustainable. Health system research has a critical role to play in addressing this problem by helping identify affordable models of healthcare and innovative approaches to the treatment and management of disease.
According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, chronic kidney disease was ranked 27th in the list of causes of total number of deaths worldwide in 1990, but rose to 18th in 2010. Over two million people worldwide currently receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive, yet this number may only represent 10% of people who actually need treatment to live.
The most sensitive instrument of the human body is the brain and the disorders that affect it. Disorders and diseases such as stroke, epilepsy, mood disorders, dementia and sleep apnoea, are each key areas of research carried out by The George Institute.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the second most common non-infectious disease in the world. Prevalence rates worldwide are high particularly in low and middle income countries, with up to 64 million people affected.
It is estimated that nearly 1.2 million people die, and between 20 and 50 million are injured or disabled, as a result of road accidents annually, which in turn places great pressure on health systems globally.