Chronic and critical illness

Many different illness and health conditions can be classified under the broad heading of chronic disease and typically, chronic diseases are long-lasting and have persistent effects.  They are complex and varied in terms of their nature, how they are caused and the extent of their impact on the community.  Chronic diseases make large contributions to disability, critical illness and mortality.

Our researchers are working to prevent chronic disease, improve the outcomes of critically ill patients and improve the ongoing care of those suffering from chronic disease. Our researchers are active in the following areas:

Chronic illness

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cardiovascular diseases (CVD)
  • Endocrine disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Obesity
  • Chronic infections (including HIV and Hepatitis C)
  • Ageing and geriatrics
  • Chronic pain

Critical illness

  • Emergency medicine
  • Critical care
  • Complications of infection
  • Antibiotic resistance

We develop new ways to prevent and manage a range of chronic diseases and have expertise in:

  • Prevention and management of chronic diseases
  • Randomised trials in clinical medicine and healthcare
  • Longitudinal health studies
  • Public health nutrition

Our critical care researchers are working to improve the survival rates of patients in ICU, and our research into cardiovascular risk factors is developing solutions to battle CVD in Australia.

Further information about chronic and critical illness research in the Faculty of Medicine can be found below:

Our chronic and critical illness research is particularly strong in the following areas:

Critical care Cardiovascular risk factors