The ANU Institute for Communication in Health Care (ICH) is an international, interdisciplinary research institute established in 2018. We conduct innovative research into healthcare communication as a basis for transforming healthcare practice in Australia and internationally. Our focus on translational research and its impact on community and national wellbeing is consistent with the current Federal Government’s emphasis on strong collaboration between industry and research.
At the ICH, we work to understand the critical role communication plays in patient safety and quality of care in a variety of different healthcare settings. We take an interdisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of linguists and communication specialists with the insider’s perspective of healthcare academics and clinicians, to shed light on this complex phenomenon.
We are committed to translational research that provides an evidence-base for values and communication training for healthcare professionals to enhance their practice and ensure safe, quality care for patients. We also apply findings from our research to develop educational resources for preservice medical, allied health and nursing students.