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.

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 Department of Molecular Imaging 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 Department of Molecular Imaging has extensive collaborations with academic sites and major pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Professor Christopher Rowe, the leader of the neuroscience PET research team and the Director, Molecular Imaging Research, was awarded the Kuhl-Lassen Award for outstanding contribution to brain imaging by the US Society of Nuclear Medicine in 2011 and the 2015 Christopher Clark Award for Human Amyloid Imaging by his international peers.

His group publishes 25 papers per year and receives over $2.5m annually in research funds. The group also provides direction, expertise and radiopharmaceuticals for PET research at the Melbourne Brain Centre, the University of Melbourne in Parkville, Monash University and the University of New South Wales.


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 northeast 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.