IRCAHC’s mission statement


Because health communication research is becoming more diverse, the next phase of the Centre will be marked by an expansion of theoretical approaches and research domains that build on and extend the work done through IRCCH. Importantly, this shift reflects the challenges posed to global health by ageing populations and emerging diseases. This new direction in research includes, but is not limited to, a focus on the social psychology of language in health communication, the role of the organisations, groups and individuals in negotiating patient care and the links between community and hospital care. This focus is reflected in the key areas of work pursued by IRCAHC: 

  • Community health and ageing populations with a particular focus on mHealth and health literacy
  • Patient quality of care and safety
  • Adverse events
  • Interprofessional communication, learning and wellbeing.  


This shift in focus towards health policy, organizational structures and community based care will ensure ongoing investment in high quality research into contemporary health challenges and issues in the community and hospital settings especially in the Asia Pacific Region.


The mission statement for IRCAHC reflects the diversity of research interests as well as its potential to contribute to real development within the field of health communication:

The Centre will develop research strengths in areas such as the social psychology of language in health communication, E-Health, health economics, business and management, innovative methodology and explore the role of the community, organisations, groups and individuals who negotiate and manage patient care and safety.


IRCAHC is committed to doing and supporting theoretically rigorous research that will contribute to the various fields that influence health and health care including:

  • Health policy
  • Health education
  • Best practice guidelines
  • Patient safety and quality of care
  • Wellbeing of health professionals
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations. 


To achieve these ambitious goals the Centre will promote international conferences, create a shared database of members’ health interests, highlight members’ new publications and develop on-line courses around issues such as interprofessional health collaboration. It will also run symposia and workshops. The Centre will source competitive funding and encourage cross-university research collaborations and exchanges.