Who we are
|Tropical Health Solutions Pty Ltd (THS) is a private company registered in Australia (Australian Company Number 152580679). THS aims to improve health in the tropics through undertaking applied research to generate evidence for decisions and through building research capacity in local researchers. THS is based in Townsville and Topaz, north Queensland, but works anywhere in the tropics, particularly in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).
The directors of THS are experienced health researchers with international reputations in tropical health research.
THS undertakes contract health research, offers statistical advice and assistance, works alongside local researchers assisting them to improve their skill in applied research, and offers research training as short courses and online continuing professional development.
THS has assisted many academics to write papers for peer-reviewed journals. The Directors of THS have over 600 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and monographs. Rick Speare also writes a regular column in Medical Observer, a professional journal for GPs. The Directors have excellent skills and track records in assisting junior authors to get published.
THS’s approach to building capacity is to be extremely flexible and to use a tailor made delivery, not a “one size fits all” approach. For short courses we initially determine what the current skills and knowledge of the participants are, what skills they need and what skills they want to acquire to achieve their goals. So our training is highly specific. The expertise of our facilitators is such that training can be modified before short courses and even during short courses to meet the needs of the participants.
|The long term aim of THS research capacity building is for the trainers to become redundant. Hence, THS uses essentially a “teach the teachers” approach with the aim of the participants passing on the knowledge and skills gained.