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Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

Since its inception in 1997, the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences has built a unique and world-class research program focused on delivering better health outcomes in the tropics.


Our research reflects a commitment to address the existing burden and future risk of disease, both communicable and non-communicable, in the tropical world.


The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) will soon be launched at JCU. The AITHM will provide an organisational structure for research, research training, and the development of early-career researchers within the Faculty, with a vision to become a world leader in tropical health and medical research and biotechnology.


Research undertaken within the AITHM is structured into three JCU research centres, one NHMRC Centre of Excellence and a set of public health research clusters:



Anton Breinl  Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine Research clusters:

  • Health of Underserved Populations in the Tropics
  • Disaster Health and Emergency Response
  • Rehabilitation and Community Engagement in the Tropics
  • North Queensland Centre for Cancer Research


With excellent research infrastructure and facilities already in place, the imminent launch of the AITHM and the benefits offered through partnership with the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance, the Faculty is well-placed to take forward its research agenda in the next ten years.