• In 2012-2013 the Institute reached a new point in its evolution, where we began to realise many of the possibilities we envisaged when starting out a decade ago.

    Important new milestones were reached. Nearly 500 researchers are now using the 45 and Up Study and our new Analysis for Policy program is taking the Study data even more directly into the policy sphere. Interest in and use of SURE – the Secure Unified Research Environment – has grown.

    And SEARCH, the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health, entered its important second phase and worked with five Aboriginal community controlled health services to provide more than 2000 sessions of audiology, ENT services and speech therapy to Aboriginal children.

    During 2012 our Knowledge Exchange program launched a new service to help embed rigorous evaluations into the rollout of new policies and programs. And the year saw the launch of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, a $22.6 million research collaboration to drive system change in chronic disease prevention.