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The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet congratulates Professor Jonathan Carapetis on his commencement this week as the new Director of Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR).
Professor Carapetis, who supports the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet as an Advisory Board member, says his focus at TICHR will be to ensure that high quality research is effectively translated to health practice and policy so that it makes a real difference to the lives of children and families.
Professor Carapetis started in the role this week after heading the highly respected Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, where he doubled staff numbers and tripled research income in six years.
He was appointed after an international search for a successor to the Institute's Founding Director, Professor Fiona Stanley, who retired at the end of 2011.
Professor Carapetis said he was very keen to forge strong links with the people delivering health services at hospitals and the Health Department.
'As a paediatrician, I know how important it is to have that strong connection between practice and research. It not only means that we're working on the basis of the latest evidence, but that what we see in clinics can also be fed back to shape and inform the type of research that's undertaken,' he said.
'In particular, Aboriginal child health research will continue to be a priority area and I am committed to pursuing that agenda at both the Institute level and through my own research interest in rheumatic heart disease.'
Source: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research