What began in 1998 as a bold vision to improve community wellbeing in the Hunter Region of NSW has today evolved into a world-class institute with 1500 medical researchers, students, and support staff striving to prevent, treat and defeat a multitude of serious illnesses.  Over 20 years later the health and wellbeing of the community remain at the heart of all we do.

Delivering patient-focused translational research is our major goal, which means seed funding start-up studies, supporting larger-scale research projects whilst fostering a flow of information and innovation back and forth between scientists, clinicians and public health professionals. Attracting top health and medical specialists and collaborating with other leading institutes and industries helps to fast-track the provision of new and better health solutions.

Our Strategy 2019 - 2024

Our purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities by undertaking world-class research, from discovery to applied, in collaboration with our partners.

Our Goals

  1. Build on our strength in discovery science
  2. Drive an effective and efficient health research eco-system
  3. Increase research that translates knowledge into health solutions
  4. Become leaders that influence policy and practice
  5. Create health and wealth for our region and nation

For more detail please click here for our strategy summary and current initiatives 


HMRI is led by Director Professor Mike Calford. Learn more about Professor Mike Calford here.

In partnership with the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District, HMRI’s clinical, biomedical and public health researchers work across multiple campuses and six key translational research programs:

HMRI researchers rely on philanthropic donations from the community, along with Australian Government funding, to support research projects, equipment, scholarships, fellowships and travel grants. Internal grant funding is allocated through a rigorous review process and invested in areas of highest community need.

Infrastructure funding is provided by the NSW Office for Medical Research through the Medical Research Support Program, and the NSW Department of Health through the Capacity Building Infrastructure Grant Program.


Hunter Medical Research Institute is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 27 081 436 919​