Research plays a critical role in providing a strong evidence base for informing policy, as well as for designing, monitoring and evaluating programs.
As outlined in the Seventh National HIV Strategy (2014–2017), federal and state funded research is based on a range of agreed principles including:
- infrastructure support through the national centres in HIV research;
- enhanced collaboration between institutions;
- reduced duplication;
- building research capacity across jurisdictions; and
- the development of a competitive environment that encourages innovation.
Priority actions for 2014–2017 are:
- investigating the potential for rapid HIV testing in clinical and community settings;
- evaluating and developing effective peer education and peer support programs;
- establishing consultative mechanisms to set the HIV research agenda; and
- creating opportunities for increased interaction between researchers, participants and users.
There is multi-partisan support for an eighth National HIV Strategy.
National HIV research centre websites
Epidemiology and clinical research