Improving the Health of Northern Tasmanians


Our Research Themes draw together our rich multi-disciplinary expertise. Come join this forum of speakers from our Better Health Research Theme.

Start Date

19th Jun 2018 6:00pm

End Date

19th Jun 2018 7:30pm


Rory Spence-VOS Construction Lecture Theatre, Inveresk campus

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Achieving better health in your own life can be difficult and confusing. It’s hard to know what to eat, how to exercise,
and how to adapt when illness or life gets in the way. At the University of Tasmania, researchers are taking a new approach to health which is predictive, preventative and participatory – and most of all, informed by the best and the latest research.

This interactive Better Health Research Theme forum lets you hear directly from researchers about public health strategies and lifestyle changes which can help northern Tasmanians lead healthier lives. Their work is helping to translate research into better graduates, and patients and clients who have the knowledge to lead healthy lives.


UTAS Better Health Research Spotlight

  • Dr Mai Frandsen, on quitting smoking;
  • Sandra Murray, on nutrition and food systems innovation;
  • Dr Kath Ogden, on projects with the Clifford Craig Foundation and the Launceston General Hospital.

Panel with UTAS Better Health Researchers on community health services

  • Associate Professor Andrew Williams, on the University exercise clinic;
  • Dr Cecilia Kitic, on gut health;
  • Associate Professor James Fell, on the human performance lab.

UTAS Partnership Spotlight: Hawthorn Football Club State Manager David Cox will describe their community partnership with the University of Tasmania.

Panel with UTAS Northern Transformation Project Planners on the vision for the new Inveresk campus as a healthy space

  • Professor Andrew Hills, on HealthPark@Inveresk;
  • James McKee, on a healthy community plan for the campus.

Presented as part of the University of Tasmania's
Research Themes public forum series.

University of Tasmania Research Themes

The most pressing challenges our local and global communities face are deeply complex and can only be overcome by the combined efforts of diverse disciplines.

Our Research Themes draw together our rich multi-disciplinary expertise to develop solutions to real-world problems of global relevance, within a local context. They provide an interdisciplinary setting for individuals, established research concentrations and our partners to work collaboratively, and capitalise on the advantages presented by our unique locality and existing areas of research excellence.

Better Health

We face a crisis in health care across the world. An ageing population and growing incidence of preventable chronic disease threatens to overwhelm our communities and health care systems.

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are taking a new approach to health, which is predictive, preventative and participatory. We aspire to meet the healthcare needs of an ageing population with multiple chronic conditions, reduce the growing burden of preventable chronic disease, deliver convenient and affordable health services and improve consumer engagement in health care.

Tasmania is at the forefront in facing the challenges of an ageing population in an environment of relative socio-demographic disadvantage, making it an ideal location for developing and evaluating health innovations. As the state's only university, we also benefit from close links with the community, health system and health professionals.

Research outcomes include: Identifying the link between babies' sleeping position and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a finding which has seen SIDS-related infant mortality reducing by 90% in Australia; identifying genetic markers linked to prostate cancer risk; confirming the link between early childhood health and educational attainment; and improving aged care to reduce the impacts of dementia.

For more information about the Better Health Research Theme please email