Overview of School and Research Centres


The School of Public Health and Community Medicine seeks to contribute to the ongoing efforts, both within Australia and internationally, to promote health, prevent disease and ensure that health care is made available through the organised efforts of society. Our teaching and research aims to develop expertise, reduce unfair and unjust inequalities and improve access and participation in services and decision making. We seek to ensure that policies are informed by the best available evidence. Our teaching is strongly influenced by our research and our research informs our teaching.

The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) is a leading Australian research centre in primary health care and equity. Its research streams are Primary Health Care System Development, Family and Community Ecology, Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions and Primary Health Care Informatics, and it is made up of researchers based at the Centre at Randwick, in SPHCM, in the General Practice Unit at Fairfield and at CHETRE at Liverpool.  It has close links with neighbouring Local Health Districts and Medicare Locals, and works with health services, clinicians and government to build research capacity and support the translation of research evidence into practice.

The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society (formerly known as the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research) is recognised internationally as a research leader in the field of HIV/AIDS and has applied this expertise to a range of other infectious diseases, notably viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. The Institute’s primary functions relate to the coordination of national surveillance programs, clinical research and clinical trials. The Institute also contributes to training of health professionals, and development and implementation of health policy and programs. The Centre has an extensive range of collaborators, including the other national HIV research centres, State and Territory Health Departments, public and private clinical units, national and international organisations, and the corporate sector including the pharmaceutical industry.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Australia and is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. The Centre is multidisciplinary and collaborates with medicine, psychology, social science and other schools of UNSW, as well as with a range of other institutions and individuals in Australia and overseas. The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct high quality research and related activities that increases the effectiveness of Australian and International treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.