The Alfred Research Alliance brings together six independent and diverse organisations to create a community of excellence in medical research and education in Melbourne, Australia. We share a commitment to furthering knowledge and translating our research into new and improved diagnoses, treatments and public health strategies.

The members of the Alfred Research Alliance are recognised leaders in their fields, known for their diversity, excellence in research, outstanding patient engagement and award-winning researchers and health practitioners.

Each organisation contributes distinct skills, expertise and perspective to create a vibrant research environment, while encouraging the sharing of skills, technology and knowhow.

We actively foster collaboration – including with clinical researchers at The Alfred, many with joint appointments at our member universities and medical research institutes – because we know it helps us to ‘solve the unsolveable’ and bring new interventions to patients more quickly.

This underpins the Alliance’s commitment to connecting research, clinical care and public health, ensuring that our new thinking has real impact.

These are the six members which make up the Alliance:

Alfred Health

Alfred Health is a leading major metropolitan health service comprising The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital and Sandringham Hospital.

The Alfred is one of Australia’s busiest hospitals, providing the most comprehensive range of adult specialist medical and surgical services in Victoria. Home to one of the country’s busiest Emergency and Trauma Centres and multiple state-wide services, the hospital is also a major tertiary referral teaching hospital with a commitment to research excellence and training for medical, nursing and allied health staff.

The Alfred sits at the epicentre of the Alfred Research Alliance, keeping our work patient-centred and outcome driven. Co-location on this site, together with close and cooperative relationships with other Alliance members, provides the opportunity for vital collaboration within the Alliance, between Alfred Health’s health practitioners and clinical researchers and our partner universities and medical research institutes.

Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute

The Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute is an independent, not-for-profit medical research facility with proud history of discovery dating back to 1926.

The Institute’s research is focussed on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other related health disorders. This includes addressing the profound health disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal Australians, with a research facility in Alice Springs.

The Baker Institute’s work extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies and intervention programs. The Institute also runs a range of specialist clinics, including cardiovascular and diabetes clinics.

The breadth of clinical and research expertise ensures that the Institute is well placed to advance understanding of the genetic and environmental determinants of disease, and to translate scientific findings into new approaches to prevention, treatment and care.


Burnet Institute

Burnet Institute is an Australian, unaligned, independent, not-for-profit medical research and public health organisation that believes in equity through better health.

By linking discovery-oriented and implementation research with public health action, Burnet makes a tangible and sustainable impact on health in both developed and developing countries.

The Institute’s major thematic programs – Maternal and Child Health, Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risks, Health Security and Healthy Ageing – underpin innovative multidisciplinary responses to diseases of global significance and solving complex health issues. Burnet has particular expertise in HIV and AIDS, hepatitis viruses, malaria, tuberculosis, influenza and emerging infectious diseases.

The Institute has offices or representatives in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, China, Zimbabwe and Lao PDR, and also contributes to activities in other Asian, Pacific and African countries.

Our membership of the Alfred Research Alliance is aligned with our mission: To achieve better health for vulnerable people in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions.

Deakin University

Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and Alfred Health Nursing Services have a long-established research and education partnership.

Through that partnership, staff at the Deakin Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research are able to conduct high-quality research programs in the areas of patient safety and knowledge translation. This allows us to make a substantive contribution to scientific knowledge, clinical nursing practice and the quality of patient care.

As well as research training, Deakin undergraduate and postgraduate students also complete clinical placements here for their nursing, allied health and health science degrees.

Our membership of the Alfred Research Alliance supports our objectives of improving patient and organisational outcomes through high quality research, strengthening research training and support for nursing staff, and facilitating the integration of research evidence into clinical practice. We focus on developing partnerships between consumers, staff and researchers to strengthen our research, education and quality of care at Alfred Health.

La Trobe University

The La Trobe University Clinical School at The Alfred integrates research, teaching and clinical practice in allied health and nursing.

The broad objectives of the School are to provide national and international research leadership, conduct clinical research that makes a difference to patient outcomes, promote interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration in healthcare delivery and research, provide a centre of excellence for education in nursing and allied health, and lead the translation of best evidence into clinical practice.

It is these objectives which underpin our membership of the Alfred Research Alliance, allowing us to collaborate closely with our partners on this site and contribute academic leadership in nursing and allied health research and education.


Monash University

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University is a research-focused faculty within one of Australia’s most research intensive universities.

Our objective of research translation is pursued through the academic health science centre model with research collaborators and clinical partners.

Monash’s presence at the Alliance through the Central Clinical School (CCS) and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) enables seamless integration of research expertise with our partners and promotes clinical excellence.