Darling Downs Health Innovation and Research Collaborative (DDHIRC) is a dynamic network of hospitals, health services, universities and primary care working to deliver health to the Darling Downs region.
DDHIRC aims to improve health within the Darling Downs region through collective capability in health and prevention, health and medical research and workforce development.
DDHIRC was formed as a collaboration between the region’s two private hospitals (St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba), the public health service provider (Darling Downs Health), Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, the region’s University Department of Rural Health (Southern Queensland Rural Health) and the three universities operating in the regions (University of Southern Queensland, Griffith University and The University of Queensland).
What DDHIRC does
- Provide workshop and education opportunities to partners to develop and refine research opportunities.
- Improve collaborative research in health throughout the Darling Downs.
- Showcase existing research within the Darling Downs.
- Examine ways to improve the capability of the rural health workforce through participation and collaboration in research.
- Consider ways to support and enhance sharing and dissemination of research results and data sharing within the Darling Downs.
Key Translational Research Priorities
- Chronic diseases
- Healthy behaviours
- Drug and alcohol use
- Indigenous health
- Mental health
- Rural and remote workforce
- Safety and quality in health
To facilitate research translation to improve health outcomes for the Darling Downs
Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Diversity
- Building collaborations between clinicians, consumers, researchers and local communities.
- Applying advances in health innovation and research to improve health outcomes for regional and rural communities
- Ensuring timely research translation benefits regional and rural communities directly.
- Engaging local communities to increase their capacity to contribute to and benefit from innovation and research.
DDHIRC Committee Structure
DDHIRC has two committees: Advisory and Steering.
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