Australasian Research Institute (ARI)
Chief Executive Officer: Dr Ross Grant
The Australasian Research Institute (ARI) was launched on July 20, 2004 as a centre from which to conduct, facilitate and promote research within its member organisations within the broad context of Adventist Christian service to the community.
The ARI operates from offices within the Faculty of Nursing and Health at the Sydney campus. The corporate members of the ARI include, Sydney Adventist Hospital Ltd., Avondale College Ltd., and the Australian Health and Nutrition Association Ltd.
Vision and Ethos
The ARI aims to be an integrated multidisciplinary research centre that facilitates, coordinates and conducts innovative and developmental activities generally involving wide collaboration with a focus on human benefits.
The ARI will be a centre in which researchers from outside the institute are able to collaborate in order to efficiently access the resources available to the ARI within the National and World-wide, Adventist, healthcare and academic network.
All activity and research and development supported and conducted by the ARI will have outcomes clearly aimed at the betterment of humankind and will be consistent with the ethos of the Avondale.
In addition to acute medical intervention, improving health through nutrition and lifestyle, has been a key focus of Adventist healthcare throughout the world over the past century. Developing an understanding of good health principles and encouraging the application of these principles has remained a core objective of Adventist healthcare's duty-of-care to the community.
The ARI operates from within the unique environment of the well-established and recognised Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH) and the wider Adventist healthcare and academic network. As a world class medical institution with a history of over 100yrs of service to the Australian community SAH offers a wide range of Scientific, Medical, Nursing and allied health professionals on site from which the ARI can draw. As a member of the Adventist community the ARI also has access to the worldwide Adventist healthcare, social development, academic and nutrition network. This resource is invaluable and it is the aim of the ARI to manage this resource, making it available to interested researchers from both within and outside the Adventist network to enable better understanding of health and social principles which can then be applied for the benefit of the wider community.
Purpose and Scope
The ARI is established to coordinate, promote and facilitate research activities, within the member organisations and to manage these resources making them accessible to the wider research community.
- Provide advice and support to researchers within the member organisations.
- Fund high quality research that is within the guidelines of the ARI.
- Act as a resource centre for researchers: i.e. for consultation with project development and grant writing, collaborator contacts, statistical analysis and writing for publication.
- Promote, facilitate and encourage research activity by academic and professional staff of ARI member organisations.
- Promote, facilitate and encourage research collaborations between academic and professional staff and associates of ARI member organisations and the wider (national and international) research communities.
- Conduct research for commercial bodies; including clinical efficacy studies and clinical therapeutic trials.
Australasian Research Institute's Newsletter
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Applications for Research Funding
The ARI accepts submissions for research funding grants once per year. Grants are available in the form of scholarships (<$1501), Small Grant Applications (<$5001) and Full Grant Applications ($5001-$30000). Further details and how to apply may be found
The Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ross Grant, can be contacted on:
61 2 9487 9602