HOT NORTH (Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A multidisciplinary Collaboration) tackles enduring challenges by value-adding to established research collaborations, aiming to close the gap in Indigenous health disadvantage, to protect the north from emerging infectious threats and to engage regional neighbours.

The tropical north faces three enduring challenges: 

  • to improve the health of Indigenous populations
  • to support, grow and retain health care professionals and scientists
  • to optimise disease surveillance, communication and research translation.

HOT NORTH’s integrated research agenda brings together biological, sociological, environmental and health service research expertise across tropical Australia and regional neighbours. 

This approach enables the development of a unified response to critical health issues, to building capacity of health services and advance knowledge in Australia, our region and globally.

It also provides a rich training ground for health workforce development and professional advancement. HOT NORTH will provide interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral training for the next generation of academic experts, health leaders within the community sector and the officials and technical specialists within governments. 

The program has five key research themes: 

  • skin health
  • respiratory health
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • chronic disease, and
  • vector-borne and emerging diseases. 

Research translation will be directed by and achieved through five peak committees:

  • Executive Steering Group
  • Indigenous Governance Committee
  • Laboratory Advisory Board
  • Research Translation, Policy and Practice Advisory Board
  • Northern Neighbours Advisory Board

The program has an ambitious plan that will:

  • Generate new knowledge that leads to improved health outcomes
  • Promote effective transfer of research outcomes into health policy and / or practice
  • Develop the health and medical research workforce by providing opportunities to advance the training of new researchers, particularly those with a capacity for independent research and future leadership roles
  • Formalise the already active collaboration across more than four CREs and twenty large projects and programs working in priority areas.  

Applications for HOT NORTH Fellowships  

A strong component of the HOT NORTH collaboration is to build new research capability. In order to do this, the program annually offers competitive research funding for five early- and mid-career Fellowships, each relating to one or more of the five key research themes. Fellowship applications will be competitively assessed for quality, potential impact, and likelihood of attracting further funding.

  • Applications are now open

  • Applications close 31st October 2017

  • Terms and Conditions and Application forms available below

Applications for Round 3 | HOT NORTH Pilot Projects  

A strong component of the collaboration is to build new research capability and capacity which includes the development of projects supporting the aims of HOT NORTH. In order to do this, the program offers competitive research funding twice a year for six pilot projects, each focused on one of the five key research themes. Pilot project applications will be competitively assessed for quality, innovation, potential impact, and likelihood of attracting further funding. Pilot projects will provide preliminary data which will be evaluated for potential scale up and knowledge advancement in one of the five research themes. 

  • Applications are now open

  • Applications close 31st October 2017

  • Terms and Conditions and Application forms available below

 

 

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    2018 HOT NORTH Pilot Projects Application form Round 3

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    2018 Early Career Fellowship Terms & Conditions

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    2018 Early Career Fellowship application form

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    2018 Career Development Fellowship application form

The second round of Pilot Project funding has been awarded for 2017. Successful projects cover a range of HOT NORTH themes.

Chronic Disease and Skin Health themes:

Rapid echo detection of rheumatic heart disease
Dr Joshua Francis, Menzies

Antimicrobial Resistance, second: Skin Health, third: Respiratory Health themes:

The right drug for the right bug – improving antibiotic use in remote northern Australia
Prof Jodie Vernon, Doherty Institute

Respiratory Health theme:

What causes pneumonia in children and adults living in tropical Australia
 Dr Simon Smith, JCU

Respiratory Health theme:

How common is prolonged cough in Aboriginal children living in the Kimberley?
Dr Andre Schultz, Telethon Kids Institute

Skin Health theme:

Monitoring antibiotic resistance directly from skin sore swabs
Dr Timothy Barnett, Telethon Kids Institute

Chronic Diseases theme:

Understanding links between diabetes in pregnancy and infection in the new-born
Dr Susan Pizzutto, Menzies


The first of four rounds of Research Fellowships have been awarded, with funding commencing in 2017: 

Vector Borne and Emerging Infectious Diseases theme:

Can mosquito excreta be used to enhance detection of Australian vector-borne diseases?
Dr Dagmar Meyer ECF
Supervisor: Prof Scott Ritchie, JCU

Antimicrobial Resistance theme:

Epidemiology and treatment of malaria in Sabah, Malaysia: longitudinal patterns of disease, acquisition risk factors, antimalarial drug resistance, and adjunctive therapy for acute kidney injury
Dr Matthew Grigg ECF
Supervisor: Prof Nick Anstey, Menzies

Chronic Diseases theme:

Torres Strait Healthy Young Women's Project
Dr Karla Canuto ECF
Supervisor: Prof Robyn McDermott, JCU

Skin Health theme:

Do Group A Streptococcus isolates causing skin infections in remote WA encode genes that correlate with disease severity, antibiotic resistance, or adverse immunological outcomes?
Dr Timothy Barnett CDF
Supervisor: Prof Jonathan Carapetis, TKI

Respiratory Health theme:

Genomic Public Health in Australian Indigenous Communities and Developing Countries
A/Prof Heidi Smith-Vaughan CDF
Supervisor: Prof Anne Chang, Menzies


The first round of Pilot Project funding has been awarded for 2017. Successful projects cover a range of HOT NORTH themes.

Vector Borne and Emerging Infectious Diseases theme:

Effect of regularly dosed paracetamol on renal function in Plasmodium knowlesi malaria (PACKNOW Study)
Chief Investigator: Dr Daniel Cooper

Can mosquito excreta be used to enhance detection of Australian vector-borne diseases?
Chief Investigator: Professor Scott A. Ritchie

Antimicrobial Resistance theme:

Genomic Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in the Northern Territory
Chief Investigator: Dr Ella Meumann

Enhanced screening and preventive therapy for TB in Daru, South Fly District, Papua New Guinea (ESCAPE-TB)
Chief Investigator: Dr Suman Majumdar

Chronic Diseases theme:

Exploration of child feeding practices in Indigenous Australians
Chief Investigator: Dr Athira Rohit

Skin Health theme:

Clindamycin Adjunctive therapy for Severe Staphylococcus aurEus TreaTment Evaluation (CASSETTE)
Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Steven Tong

 

 
Congratulations to the following students, who have been awarded HOT NORTH PhD Scholarships:
 
 

Student

Administering

Institution

Themes

HOT NORTH

Investigator

Title

Anna Wood

Menzies

Chronic Diseases

Louise Maple-Brown

Diabetes and cardiovascular risk among Indigenous women after pregnancy complicated by hyperglycemia 

Pamela D'Sylva

TKI

Respiratory Health 

Anne Chang 

Improving the management and clinical outcomes of chronic suppurative lung disease in Aboriginal children in Western Australia.

Aaron Weinman

Doherty Institute 

Respiratory Health

Steven Tong 

The epidemiology of Influenza in Northern Australia 


 

Scholarships are still available for HOT NORTH related projects: 

 
Charles Darwin University is offering Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships to support HOT NORTH PhD students who undertake a research project in one of these theme areas: 
 
Skin Health; Respiratory Health; Antimicrobial Resistance; Chronic Diseases; Vector Borne and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Eligibility:
  • Enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program at Charles Darwin University.
  • At least one HDR supervisor must be a Chief or Associate Investigator within the HOT NORTH program
  • Student must reside in northern Australia while conducting their research
  • Applications close on October 30, 2017
PhD Scholarship entitlement:
The Domestic RTP Stipend Scholarship is $27,082 in 2018
 
Further information and application forms are available at: Charles Darwin University 
 

 

HOT NORTH Honours Scholarship

The scholarship is for an Honours student who undertakes their research project in one of the following fields of research:

Skin Health; Respiratory Health; Antimicrobial Resistance; Chronic Diseases; Vector Borne and Emerging Diseases.

Scholarships are open to domestic students (Australian citizens and Permanent Residents) across Australia who have been accepted into an Honours program at Charles Darwin University, James Cook University or the University of Western Australia.

To apply:
Applications are welcome at any time.
 

 

View the profiles of some of our HOT NORTH researchers by clicking on the links below.

 

 


 

Chief investigators
Associate investigators
  • Professor Alex Brown, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Associate Professor Anna Ralph, Menzies School of Health Research  
  • Professor Cheryl Jones, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Christopher Blyth, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Professor James McCarthy, QIMR Berghofer
  • Dr Joshua Hanson, Menzies School of Health Research 
  • Professor Ric Price, Menzies School of Health Research 
  • Professor Robyn McDermott, James Cook University
  • Professor Scott Ritchie, James Cook University
  • Associate Professor Steven Tong, Doherty Institute
Research fellows:
Administration:
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