The tropical north faces three enduring challenges

  • to improve the health of Indigenous populations
  • to support, grow and retain health care professionals and scientists
  • to optimise disease surveillance, communication and research translation.

HOT NORTH’s integrated research agenda brings together biological, sociological, environmental and health service research expertise across tropical Australia and regional neighbours.

This approach enables the development of a unified response to critical health issues, to build the capacity of health services and advance knowledge in Australia, our region and globally.

It also provides a rich training ground for health workforce development and professional advancement. HOT NORTH will provide interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral training for the next generation of academic experts, health leaders within the community sector and the officials and technical specialists within governments.


The program has five key research themes

  • skin health
  • respiratory health
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • chronic disease, and
  • vector-borne and emerging diseases.


The program has an ambitious plan that will

  • Generate new knowledge that leads to improved health outcomes
  • Promote effective transfer of research outcomes into health policy and / or practice
  • Develop the health and medical research workforce by providing opportunities to advance the training of new researchers, particularly those with a capacity for independent research and future leadership roles
  • Formalise the already active collaboration across more than four CREs and twenty large projects and programs working in priority areas.


Research translation will be directed by and achieved through five peak committees

  • Executive Steering Group
  • Indigenous Governance Committee
  • Laboratory Advisory Board
  • Research Translation, Policy and Practice Advisory Board
  • Northern Neighbours Advisory Board

2 YEAR SNAPSHOT: Jan 2017- Dec 2018

HOT NORTH 2 Year snapshot