The Adelaide GTRAC (Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care) Centre is part of the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide and includes the Aged & Extended Care Services at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and Basil Hetzel Institute. GTRAC also has a north-eastern community base on a residential aged care campus (Resthaven Inc.) in the suburb of Paradise.
The Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research is the productive research arm of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Institute, a purpose-built research facility, was opened in March 2009 and is located on Woodville Road opposite the main campus of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It is located in the city’s western suburbs, just 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, and just 8 minutes from the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and West End Health precinct.
All research groups have strong links to clinical divisions within the Hospital underpinning The Institute’s overarching focus on translational health research. This ‘bench to bedside’ approach is at the forefront of an emerging area of medical science that aims to improve public health through collaborative discoveries and innovations in patient care, education and research.
Research conducted by The Institute covers a broad spectrum, exploring causes, potential improvements in therapeutic outcomes and the prevention of some of the most serious and common health conditions facing our community today. These include cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, respiratory diseases and stroke.
The Institute also has long-standing teaching and research affiliations with the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University, which offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate research training opportunities. Several academic departments, including the University of Adelaide Disciplines of Surgery, Medicine and Psychiatry, are based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.