SAHMRI is South Australia’s independent, not-for-profit health and medical research institute

We believe in a healthier future for all Australians. We listen to the needs of our communities to deliver research that changes the way healthcare is delivered. Through research excellence, innovation and strategic partnerships, we turn discoveries in health and medical research into impact for the community to improve their lives and the health of all Australians.

SAHMRI - the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute - was born in December 2009 following a review that was conducted by Professor John Shine and Mr Alan Young AM. The Review of Health and Medical Research in South Australia recommended the establishment of a flagship research institute to increase South Australia’s health and medical research capacity.

In response to this recommendation, the Federal Government’s Health and Hospital Fund provided a $200 million grant to build SAHMRI’s headquarters at the north-western edge of Adelaide’s CBD, a precinct that has since become Adelaide BioMed City – the largest health and medical research precinct in the Southern Hemisphere.

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SAHMRI’s founding members are the South Australian Minister for Health and Ageing, the South Australian Treasurer, the South Australian Minister for Science and Information Economy, the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

SAHMRI's headquarters is in the heart of Adelaide BioMed City - the largest health and medical research precinct in the Southern Hemisphere. It is currently home to around 700 researchers, partners, students and support staff. They are all committed to transforming innovative health and medical research into tangible health benefits for our community.

SAHMRI also has a presence within the Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and at its Preclinical Imaging and Research Laboratories site at Gilles Plains.

The creation of SAHMRI was a powerful investment in the health and quality of life for people throughout South Australia and beyond. SAHMRI and its partners continue to invest in a healthier future for all, including construction of the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research on a site next to SAHMRI’s headquarters. This new building will house Australia’s first proton therapy unit, and the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Our Partners

As an organisation, SAHMRI is designed to promote research collaborations and partnerships that deliver better health for all.

We gratefully acknowledge the many partners whose support has brought the vision of SAHMRI to life and continues to play a key role in our growth and success.

Capital Support
  • Australian Government
    Major Funder