Issue 22
Monday, 05 December 2016
Charles Darwin University
A $6 million grant will aim to close critical gaps in healthcare
A $6 million grant will aim to close critical gaps in healthcare

$6m grant to target healthcare gaps

A $6 million grant awarded to the Menzies School of Health Research will help to close critical gaps in healthcare across Northern Australia.

Funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council, the project “Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration” will aim to attract health and medical staff, and provide professional development and interdisciplinary training.

Menzies Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases chief investigator Professor Bart Currie said building the capacity of health professionals and scientists in the North would improve health outcomes in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

“Our research will focus on skin and respiratory health, chronic diseases such as diabetes, and emerging threats, including increasing antimicrobial resistance and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes,” Professor Currie said.

Menzies and partner research institutes in Australia also will work with Indigenous groups to improve health service delivery in remote communities.

“Building strong primary health care systems is recognised world-wide as a key element to improve health outcomes, reduce inequity and close the gap,” Professor Currie said.

“Menzies will also establish a Research Academy to train and develop medical and other health professionals beyond their core discipline by promoting interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration.”

The research program is expected to accelerate translation of new knowledge into regional and national guidelines for the prevention and management of diseases relevant to Northern Australia and its near neighbours. It will be directed by five peak committees with an emphasis on innovation and translation.

The project is a collaboration with the Telethon Kids Institute, James Cook University, the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Marie Bashir Institute at the University of Sydney, the Burnet Institute, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and QIMR Berghofer.