UNSW Medicine's thematic approach to research draws on the strengths of UNSW Medicine as well as internal and external partners to achieve significant breakthroughs in crucial areas of healthcare.

Non-Communicable Diseases


As one of Australia’s leading research-focused medical faculties, UNSW Medicine is committed to continuously improving patient outcomes amid the formidable challenges of ageing populations, increasingly complex medical conditions and treatments, and stretched healthcare budgets.

We are championing and leading research that has impact and that can be translated into real world outcomes. UNSW’s strategic collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health is set to bolster high-impact medical research and transform lives around the world, a priority of both organisations.

Areas of research focus include:

  • non-communicable diseases and injuries
  • clinical trials
  • epidemiology and biostatistics
  • health systems
  • health services
  • ‘big healthcare data’

The Non Communicable Diseases theme acts as an incubator for emerging strengths and subsequent themes. An initial focus is on the development of cardiovascular research strengths.

Other NCD research areas include:

  • vascular health
  • kidney
  • renal disease
  • diabetes
  • cerebrovascular and stroke disease and management
  • respiratory health and disease
  • musculoskeletal health and disease
  • endocrinological health
  • gastroenterology and the microbiome

Across theme areas of interest include the health of women, girls and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; research on health-focused social enterprises; preventative health policy; health care delivery; the influence of diet and activity on health.

Leading clinicians and academics are working together through the NCD theme and collaborative networks to drive research, education, clinical leadership and multidisciplinary patient-centred care. We are developing and nurturing emerging areas of research excellence that address current and future challenges, promote better health, prevent disease and ensure the optimum delivery of healthcare.