The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) has announced the appointment of Professor John Prins as its new Chair, and Associate Professor Nicolette Hodyl, the Director of NSW Regional Health Partners, as Deputy Chair.
Professor Prins is a clinician and researcher and the Executive Director of AHRA member organisation, Health Translation Queensland. He has held significant leadership roles across the academic, health and pharmaceutical sectors, and is a respected thought leader in diabetes and endocrinology care and research in Australia. His priority in this role will be to advocate for more systematic research translation and greater support for Australia’s clinician-researcher workforce.
AHRA is also pleased to welcome Associate Professor Nicolette Hodyl as its Deputy Chair, and Chair of AHRA’s newly established Rural Network. Associate Professor Hodyl brings valuable insights and a deep understanding of the healthcare landscape specifically relevant to regional, rural and remote populations.
Through Board appointments, executive and advisory roles, and as a consultant, Nicki has guided many health and research organisations through strategic and operational changes to improve efficiencies and impact, including the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research, ARC Centres of Excellence, Cure 4 Cystic Fibrosis, Healthy Male, and the Endocrine Society of Australia.
“I’m thrilled to take on the role of Deputy Chair at AHRA and lead the new AHRA Rural Network. By prioritising research translation in our underserved communities, we will address the unique healthcare challenges faced by regional, rural and remote populations,” said Professor Hodyl.