About Us

The biggest challenge in health research is translating great research into better patient outcomes

Western Sydney is the epicentre of Australia's healthcare opportunities and challenges. Growing, urban, diverse and aspirational, Western Sydney is transforming, and needs a healthcare system that transforms with it. To deliver this healthcare system we need a new model of health research – a model that integrates world-class research into policy and practice. A model that focuses on the community and supports seamless healthcare from primary and population health through to acute hospital treatment. A model that considers carers and families, the local economy and the environment. Western Sydney University, embedded in the most diverse and interesting health community in Australia, is creating this new model: THRI.

THRI is Western Sydney University's Translational Health Research Institute. Western Sydney University produces world class research in public health and health services, psychology, nursing, human geography, paediatrics and reproductive medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, and many other important areas of healthcare. Our researchers cover diseases – both acute and chronic — health service delivery and new models of care. THRI connects Western Sydney University's research to the nation's fastest growing urban population, Western Sydney. Research is most powerful when it is done in partnership and THRI will partner with health practitioners, hospitals, local health districts, primary health networks and, of course, patients.


THRI will be a national centre for health and medical research, focusing on the integration and translation of research into best practice and policy, based on government health priorities and community needs. THRI will be a research institute deliberately situated within and closely connected to its community – a grounding which gives it the diverse and vibrant social context necessary to deliver not only research rigour but, most importantly, relevance. THRI and Western Sydney University are ready to deliver in genuine partnership with the community, government and industry. If you are seeking to increase access to health services, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of a service or health program, or even seeking innovative solutions to broader long term health issues in our region; come and talk to us about how we can work together as partners in THRI's new model of health research.

Research Themes

THRI operates across a number of multidisciplinary themes which reflect the research strengths of Western, and the key health and wellbeing priorities of our region:

  • Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease
  • Health, Culture and Society
  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics