About the ARCH

The Academic Research Collaborative in Health (ARCH) – La Trobe University’s partnership with eight leading Victorian healthcare providers and other stakeholders – is transforming the University’s clinical research capability to deliver better care to Australians.

Established in 2019, the ARCH brings together academics, clinicians, consumers, healthcare professionals, health and social care agencies and policy makers skilled in the translation of interdisciplinary research.

Future research leaders have access to specialist mentoring pathways. Clinicians at each site benefit from education and training in evidence-based practice while placements offer students valuable experience at the clinical interface.

"The ARCH is about partnerships that deliver better care to Australians," says ARCH Director, Professor Meg Morris. "Our model promotes close ties between research, education, training, clinical practice and consumer engagement. The end result is high quality, evidence-based, science-led care."

Vision

The ARCH will address major challenges in health and wellbeing by creating and delivering evidence-based interventions, research, guidelines and policies.

The ARCH will deliver evidence-informed healthcare that maximises the reach and impact of its discoveries. A key focus will be translational research co-produced with patients and other stakeholders, to optimise quality, outcomes, safety, and the patient experience.

ARCH partners will co-produce knowledge and ensure effective uptake by patients, clinicians, managers, policy makers, researchers, leaders and other end-users.

The ARCH will build research workforce capacity and clinician workforce capability.

The ARCH will mentor future leaders, giving them access to research training pathways.

The ARCH will support clinical education placements and evidence-based, clinician-led teaching at each ARCH site.

Research themes

Aging and aged care
The ARCH’s aging research addresses the challenges experienced by older people, healthcare providers and care partners in community settings, hospitals and residential aged care. Dementia and multi-morbidity are a focus.

Chronic disease
The ARCH examines chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, obesity and dementia with research-informed multi-disciplinary teams and a person-centred approach.

Falls and fractures
Falls and fractures are a major source of morbidity and mortality in the community, hospitals and residential aged care. The ARCH is developing optimal methods of health workforce education and patient education to reduce falls and fractures.

Health service evaluation
Health services research uses the principles of implementation science to evaluate health and social care interventions, policies and service models, as the basis for effective and efficient person-centred care.​

Maternal and child health
The ARCH strives to optimise health, wellbeing and care for women across the lifespan and for children. Through a gender-focused lens, it tackles unique health issues related to women including pregnancy, birth, motherhood and menopause.

Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation research specialises in recovery of movement, sensation, function, quality of life and social roles following conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, joint replacement, cardiovascular conditions and traumatic brain injury.

Discover more about how La Trobe University is leading in health and wellbeing.

ARCH Fast Facts

  • Located at one of the highest-ranking universities in the world (top 1.0%).
  • Incorporates eight leading Victorian healthcare partners in a single Collaborative.
  • Aims to improve the patient experience, patient outcomes, healthcare quality and safety, and to achieve best practice in service provision.
  • Brings together researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, managers and policy makers skilled in the translation of interdisciplinary research.
  • Collaborates with Western Alliance, which is the first Australian academic health science centre to focus on regional and rural/remote health outcomes.
  • Features six research themes – aging and aged care; chronic disease; falls and fractures; health service evaluation; maternal and child health; and rehabilitation.
  • The ARCH Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Christopher Reid, provides advice on the Collaborative’s strategic aims.
  • Is affiliated with the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, Monash Partners, A+ Alfred Research Alliance.

La Trobe University Fast Facts

  • Victoria’s third oldest university with a pioneering and disruptive 50+ year history.
  • Campuses in Melbourne (Bundoora and City), Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton, Sydney.
  • 33,000+ students enrolled in 341+ undergraduate courses with 7,500 international students from 97 countries.
  • We are a 6-star Green Star Community and are committed to becoming carbon neutral in the next decade.
  • Highly engaged with industry and community to address global challenges.
  • Educates the largest number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Victoria.
  • La Trobe University has ranked second in the world for its growing contribution to good health and wellbeing in the latest Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
  • Ranked in the top 400 universities in the world by ARWU, Times Higher Education and QS Rankings, and top 1.0% of universities worldwide.