Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening (ABRC)

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University

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The Centre brings together a multidisciplinary team of medical, nursing, public health and allied health researchers to build on James Cook University’s strong record of rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health research. We do this by progressing a highly collaborative program of translational research with a strong social justice focus, addressing issues of high importance and relevance to tropical communities. Our focus is on meeting the priority health needs of northern Australia and our near tropical neighbours through research that makes a difference and by training a workforce with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond to these priority health needs. We aim to progress health equity in partnership with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, rural and remote populations, tropical populations in neighbouring countries and other underserved groups.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services research
  • Evaluation and innovation in primary health care
  • Health program and health services evaluation
  • Telehealth models
  • Injury prevention
  • Working in partnership with communities in Melanesia
  • Engaging communities for improved health Building research capacity
  • Health workforce education and planning
  • Quality improvement in health care

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Building 39, James Cook University, Townsville, 4811

Lead researcher

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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