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What we do

Since we were established in 2006 under the government's health research strategy Best Research for Best Health, our mission has been to improve the health and wealth of  the nation through research. We deliver this mission through six core workstreams. 

In June 2021, we published Best Research for Best Health: The Next chapter. This re-affirms our core workstreams and highlights seven ‘areas of strategic focus’ where the environment is changing and we need to deliver transformative change over the next five to ten years. Together, these comprise our operational priorities as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

At all times we are guided by our operating principles of impact, excellence, inclusion, collaboration and effectiveness.

Our core workstreams



Our areas of strategic focus


Our operating principles

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