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Our Mission

To reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other related health disorders

The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute measures its performance, and seeks to be judged by its stakeholders and peers, on the contribution it is able to make in three areas:

  • Scholarly achievement measured by publication number and impact, citation rates, and contribution to academic discourse which effect paradigm shifts in the discipline.
  • Translation of research output in clinical, commercial and policy environments where new knowledge generated through the Institute's research activity have an impact on the lives of people with, or at risk, of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • Contributions to clinical service delivery and preventive health initiatives, through the successful operation of its clinics and clinical service partnerships, and the development and management of preventive health programs which contribute to the public understanding of how to prevent and manage disease.

Our values

  • Excellence in scientific research
    Ensuring that the institute's research activities produce publication and translational outputs at the highest international levels, and that the positive impact of our research on human health is thereby maximised.
  • Integrity
    Open, honest, clear, consistent, respectful dealings at all levels within and outside the institute; ensuring that the institute's research work measures up to the highest international expectations for the responsible conduct of research.
  • Effective communication of science
    Ensuring that medical science and its benefits are widely understood by the general public.
  • Workplace innovation
    Ensuring that we create an environment within the Institute and the sector more broadly that encourages people to take on careers in and in support of medical research, providing mentoring, support and encouragement at all levels.
  • Efficient and trustworthy in the use of public and private funding
    Ensuring that we extract the maximum contribution towards our mission from all funds entrusted to us by government, donors and commercial clients.


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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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