About Us

About Us

Collaborating for Research Impact

The Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement is a Research Translation Centre.

Tasmania faces important regional health challenges, including poorer health outcomes due to chronic disease and an ageing population. TCHI seeks to address these challenges, and respond to emerging health issues, using innovative, research-informed approaches, leveraging the advantages of collaborative effort. We connect and support health researchers, clinicians and the community to deliver rapid improvements in healthcare and health outcomes for all Tasmanians.

Tasmania’s unique position

Connecting people, communities, clinicians and researchers to shape a healthier Tasmania

Lutruwita/Tasmania has one university, one primary health network, one State health system and many independent and community-connected healthcare providers and organisations.

This puts us in a unique position to bring together researchers, clinicians, policy-makers and communities and focus our joint efforts on improving health and wellbeing for the people who live here.

Having worked together over decades towards a shared vision, the Collaboration partners formed the first Research Translation Centre for Tasmania in 2018, called the Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement which connects health research activities across the State.

By understanding what’s happening across Tasmania, we can foster greater collaboration, cooperation, and connection to deliver health research that matters to Tasmanians.

The Collaboration has a membership of over 400 individuals and organisations, united in a drive for better health for all.

Our members include:

Community groups and individuals

  • Health consumers
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Clinicians
  • Peak bodies
  • Communities
  • Industry partners Service providers Funders

Tasmania’s Health Challenges

Chronic conditions contribute substantially to the burden of ill-health and costs of health care

Oldest and most rapidly ageing population in Australia

Around one third of the population live in outer regional, remote or very remote locations

Tasmania faces some important regional health challenges, including poorer health outcomes due to chronic disease and an ageing population. TCHI seeks to address these challenges, and respond to emerging health issues, using innovative, research-informed approaches, leveraging the advantages of collaborative effort Read More>

Around 50% self-reported three or more chronic health conditions, the highest in Australia

Over 10% of people report cost barriers to getting the health care they needed

Socio-economic disadvantage is associated with marked difference in many key health indicators

Life expectancy is 1-2 years less than the national average

Highest prevalence of overweight and obese adults nationally (66%)

Age-standardised prevalence of disability is 23%, compared to 17% nationally

The state of Public Health Tasmania, 2018

Connecting nationally

We have been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as an emerging Research Translation Centre with the potential to achieve accreditation.

We work closely with accredited and emerging Research Translation Centres through the Australia Health Research Alliance AHRA.

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