About Western Alliance

Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre (Western Alliance) was established in 2014 and incorporated as a registered health promotion charity in 2016. It is Australia’s first rural and regionally-focused academic health science centre.

Western Alliance is comprised of 12 member organisations located across the Barwon/Southwest and Grampians regions
of western Victoria. The two regions have a combined population of over 660,000 residents or approximately 44% of
rural/regional Victoria’s population. Members include six regional, sub-regional and local public health services, three
private hospitals, a primary health network and two universities.

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Our vision

Healthier rural and regional communities

Western Alliance supports its members to improve the health of their communities through research-based and evidence-informed health care

Our mission

  • We foster relationships between organisations and individuals who can influence rural and regional health outcomes and research.
  • We build capability of rural and regional health practitioners, researchers and consumers, enabling them to contribute to and benefit from health research.
  • We prioritise rural and regional health problems and fund rural and regional health research teams to investigate, generate evidence and implement solutions.
  • We support development of nationally relevant models of rural and regional health research.
  • We work to achieve equitable funding for rural and regional health research.

Our values and principles


Success requires positive relationships and ongoing cooperation between consumers, clinicians, researchers, health services, universities and other organisations at all stages of the translational research continuum


Research must lead to practical changes that improve health outcomes for rural and regional consumers and communities. This requires timely responses to research questions and efficient dissemination and implementation of solutions


Consumers, clinicians from all disciplines and researchers at all career stages can make valuable contributions to improving health outcomes through research


Fair local access by rural and regional communities to research-enabled quality health care