Austin Health

Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research in the northeast of Melbourne and is world renowned for its research and specialist work in neurology, cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.

Eight independent research institutions are based at Austin Health, where leading research on cancer, diabetes, respiratory disease, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, epilepsy and psychiatry is conducted. In 2011, the Melbourne Brain Centre opened at the Austin Hospital at Heidelberg, housing some of Australia’s top researchers in neurosciences and mental health.

In the area of neuroscience, Austin Health is a leader in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy, stroke and dementia and has sub‑specialist clinics for these and other neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The Austin Health Centre for PET is a world leader in the development of scans for earlier and more accurate detection of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. It is the Australian imaging lead site for national and international multi-centre studies such as the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of Ageing (AIBL), the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) and the CRC for Mental Health. The neuroscience research group within the Centre for PET has extensive collaborations with both academic sites and major pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Professor Christopher Rowe, the leader of the neuroscience PET research team and the Director, Molecular Imaging Research, Department of Molecular Imaging and Therapy, was awarded the Kuhl-Lassen Award for outstanding contribution to brain imaging by the US Society of Nuclear Medicine in 2011. His group publishes 25 papers per year and receives over $2.5m annually in research funds. The Centre for PET provides direction, expertise and radiopharmaceuticals for the new PET research facility at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville.


Austin Health will be renowned for excellence and outstanding leadership in healthcare, research and education.


Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services and health professional education and research in the north-east of Melbourne.


Our values guide our behaviour.

  • Integrity - we exercise honesty, candour and sincerity
  • Accountability - we are transparent, responsible and answerable
  • Respect - we treat others with dignity, consideration, equality and value
  • Excellence - we continually strive for excellence