$70 million boost for Australia’s next generation of medical researchers

The Australian Government has announced an additional $70 million for Australian health and medical researchers to help boost their research capability and to find innovative, practical solutions for better health care.

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16 November 2017

The Turnbull Government is today announcing an additional $70 million for Australian health and medical researchers to help boost their research capability and to find innovative, practical solutions for better health care.

This investment is being made over the next five years from 2017-18 through the Turnbull Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Next Generation Clinical Researchers program.

This program will boost the talent and capacity of Australia’s health and medical research workforce by increasing the scale of existing fellowship schemes offered by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Building researcher capacity is vital to Australia’s continued success as a global health and medical research leader and innovator.

Fellowships encourage leading researchers in the early to middle stages of their careers to remain in the competitive research arena. It’s about supporting the next generation of Australia’s researchers.

Expansion of fellowship schemes was recommended by the independent Australian Medical Research Advisory Board, which advises the Government on the best use of MRFF funds.

The Next Generation Clinical Researcher program increases the funds available to researchers through three NHMRC fellowships schemes.

The program received $8 million from the first tranche of MRFF disbursements. The first group of MRFF fellowships were announced by the Prime Minister and myself in October.

Today, we are also announcing the allocation of $1.79 million to the next group of MRFF fellowships.

Ten MRFF Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellows will use the funds to work on a broad range of health issues, from suicide prevention to chronic kidney disease and to translate theory and laboratory work into improved health care practice and outcomes for patients.

In addition, the successful applicants for the 12 TRIP fellowships funded by the NHMRC are also being announced today. These fellowships are worth a total of $2.15 million.

These TRIP fellowships will increase the number of opportunities for Australia’s talented researchers to continue their important work.

The announcement today of a further $70 million for fellowships into the future will ensure Australia has the research capacity to maintain its global research powerhouse status.

Translation of research into clinical practice is crucial to improve the health outcomes of all Australians and the operation of our health system.

This reinforces the Turnbull Government’s unprecedented commitment to health and medical research.

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NHMRC Funded TRIP Fellowships Commencing 2018:

Chief InvestigatorResearch project Administering Institution
Funding
A/Pr Bamini GopinathImplementing and evaluating a telephone-delivered dietary intervention for age-related macular degeneration patientsUniversity of Sydney
$179,118
A/Pr Anita WlukaTreatOA4life (Treat OsteoArthritis4life) – a sustainable lifestyle treatment to improve outcomes in knee osteoarthritisMonash University
$179,118
Dr Trisha PeelOptimising Patient Outcomes following Surgery: Improving Uptake of Evidence into Practice for Surgical Antimicrobial ProphylaxisMonash University
$179,118
A/Pr Gillian GouldTranslating evidence based smoking cessation care for pregnant Indigenous smokersUniversity of Newcastle
$179,118
A/Pr Fiona RussellImplementing Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Pacific Island CountriesUniversity of Melbourne
$179,118
Dr Hamish MacDougallAcute vertigo in emergency departments: distinguishing between central and peripheral causes by objective measure of oculomotor examination (HINTS)University of Sydney
$179,118
Dr Jane YellandEnhancing communication, language services, and information exchange: the ECLIPSE StudyMurdoch Children’s Research Institute
$179,118
Mrs Rachel SutherlandA randomised trial of an intervention to facilitate the implementation of evidence based secondary school physical activity practices.University of Newcastle
$179,118
A/Pr Rachael MortonIncorporating patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) into clinical registriesUniversity of Sydney
$179,118
A/Pr Angela DawsonImproving the quality of maternity care for women with female genital mutilationUniversity of Technology Sydney
$179,118
Prof Monika JandaEvaluating and disseminating the implementation success of a surgical training programQueensland University of Technology
$179,118
A/Pr Lisa AskieResolving 60 years of uncertainty: oxygen saturation targets in preterm infantsUniversity of Sydney
$179,118
Total
$2,149,416

MRFF Funded TRIP Fellowships Commencing 2018:

Chief InvestigatorResearch projectAdministering Institution
Budget
Ms Kelly LambertImplementing a health literacy focused dietetic outpatient model of care for people with chronic kidney diseaseUniversity of Wollongong
$179,118
Associate Professor Niranjan BidargaddiEnhancing the capacity of mental health services to review, personalise and intervene early through implementation of real-time outcome monitoringFlinders University of South Australia
$179,118
Associate Professor Leonard CrocombeSustaining oral and systemic health in Residential Aged Care FacilitiesUniversity of Tasmania
$179,118
Doctor Christian BartonImplementing appropriate exercise and education for Australians with knee osteoarthritisLa Trobe University
$179,118
Doctor Alison BeauchampClosing the communication gap in chronic diseaseDeakin University
$179,118
Doctor Kate BartlemTranslation of preventive care for chronic disease risk behaviours into community mental health service deliveryUniversity of Newcastle
$179,118
Doctor Fiona ShandCatch them when they fall: Providing best evidence care after a suicide attemptUniversity of New South Wales
$179,118
Doctor Donna UrquhartClosing the evidence-practice gap with a highly innovative, patient-centred, decision-support program to guide narcotic use in chronic low back painMonash University
$179,118
Doctor Lauren AytonImproving patient management pathways in age-related macular degenerationCentre for Eye Research Australia Limited
$179,118
Associate Professor Meg JardinePragmatic implementation trial to reduce evidence practice gap in chronic kidney disease and diabetesUniversity of New South Wales
$179,118
Total
$1,791,180
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