Research and Evaluation
Since 2002 the GGT UDRH has established an extensive research and evaluation program as part of its commitment to creating a 'network of excellence' in health service, public health and workforce research. The GGT UDRH's research program is driven by contemporary health issues and focuses on research on the chronic diseases diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease; quality improvement in health service delivery; and, workforce issues related to the recruitment and retention of health professionals. The Department holds a number of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants, the most recent of which is the Mothers After Gestational Diabetes in Australia (MAGDA) study: Preventing Diabetes in Pregnancy from Progressing to Type 2 Diabetes. The Department also houses the Centre of Excellence for Research in Building Quality, Governance, Performance and Sustainability in Primary Health Care, a partnership with the Universities of Queensland and New South Wales.
In early 2011 the Department strengthened its long-standing association with the National Institute of Health and Wellbeing (THL) in Finland, with the honorary appointments of Professor Erkki Vartiainen (MD, PhD) and Adjunct Professor Tiina Laatikainen (MD, PhD) as Adjunct Professors with Flinders University. An internationally eminent researcher in the area of chronic disease prevention, Professor Erkki Vartiainen also received an honorary doctorate, honoris causa, the Degree of Doctor of Science from Flinders University for his extensive research contributions to the University’s Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH).
For more information about the GGT UDRH's research program contact Professor James Dunbar