Institute for Communication in Health Care

Institute for Communication in Health Care

“Translating cutting edge communication research into best practice and training for safe and compassionate healthcare”

To register your interest in joining the Institute, please contact
For further details, contact Diana Slade at

Mission statement

To generate collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training that improves the consumer’s safety and the quality of communication in healthcare systems around the world.

The Institute

The Institute for Communication in Health Care (ICH) is an international, interdisciplinary organisation, established to promote health communication research and the application of research findings to healthcare practice and education. Based at one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, the Institute addresses mounting evidence that ineffective communication at all levels of the healthcare system leads to poor patient outcomes, including serious illness and death, and contributes to clinician dissatisfaction.

Recognising the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity of healthcare consumers and clinicians, the institute encourages an innovative interprofessional approach. Through its collaborative projects and events, the Institute bring together internationally renowned experts from the disciplines of medicine, nursing and other health professions, medical/healthcare education, interprofessional training and practice, health policy and leadership, health sciences, linguistics, health communication studies, sociology, and clinical service redesign.

Building on extensive collaborations established over the last six years between healthcare professionals and communication experts from around the world, the newly established Institute fosters innovative interdisciplinary research, collaborative projects and annual international events.

2018 Symposium

The next International Symposium and Roundtable on Communication in Healthcare will be held at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia on 12-13 February, 2018. To purchase tickets, please go to the ANU conference payment portal. More details here.




Updated:  19 December 2017/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications