NRM Research Priorities in the Region

The 2015 Healthy Futures Forum

The Great Southern Science Council and South West WA Medicare Local partnered to deliver the Healthy Futures Forum, on Thursday, February 19th at the Albany Dog Rock Convention Centre.

The Healthy Futures Forum is a regional health research priorities workshop, with the aim of bringing together health researchers, clinicians, community members and government, to:

  • discuss key regional issues in health sciences and identify priority areas of need for health research

  • build linkages with established researchers based in universities, government departments and the private sector

  • develop potential projects, with an emphasis on collaboration and meeting community needs

58 people attended the day-long forum, facilitated by Professor Lyn Beazley AO, the former Chief Scientist of Western Australia. A number of high profile health research scientists attended, including Professor Steve Allsop (National Drug Research Institute) and Professor Carol Bower (Telethon Kids Institute), as well as locally based researchers including Associate Professor Kirsten Auret (Rural Clinical School of Western Australia) and Dr Peter Speldewinde (Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management).

A final report summarizing the workshop discussions [1.8Mb PDF] has been prepared in partnership with workshop attendees. You can also request a hard copy by emailing GSSC.

The Great Southern Science Council will continue to work with local organizations, to facilitate linkages and advocate for funding that will support research in these priority areas. The Science Council will also follow up over the coming years, to scope health research activities and investigate the extent to which priority areas are being addressed.

The workshop organisers gratefully acknowledge the sponsors for this event: SW WA Medicare Local, Inspiring Australia, Great Southern Development Commission and Regional Development Australia.

2011 Research Ideas Workshop

A natural resource management Research Ideas Workshop was held in Albany in 2011. The results were edited by Julia Fry and published as CENRM report number 122 by the University of Western Australia.


The GSSC is keen to update the summary from that workshop. We want to hear from researchers about what projects have been successfully pursued, and about emerging issues and research projects that are currently being discussed.

If you were involved in the original workshop either you or your organisation should have received a letter requesting updated information. If you think you have not received this letter please email GSSC and we will send you a copy.

A key objective of the GSSC is to help researchers connect with others in the region with similar ideas and projects, and to communicate across the region when projects are underway so that information from them is widely shared. This should also help in pursuing the all important funding.