$1.9m in medical research funding for Menzies School of Health Research

Joint Media Release with Minister For Health The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Menzies School of Health Research has been awarded $1.9m in medical research from the Coalition Government for two projects to improve Indigenous health.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today congratulated the Menzies School of Health Research for its successful grants.

“$1.4m of this funding will go towards a project to improve the care of Indigenous people living with chronic hepatitis B in the Northern Territory. The project will develop an educational app about hepatitis B in 11 Indigenous languages and training Aboriginal Health Practitioners to use the app. A register of people living with chronic hepatitis B will be created and a core clinical care team allocated to allow organised delivery of recommended care to be available to everyone who needs it,” Senator Scullion said.

“The second grant will go to the Collaboration and Communication in Cancer Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: The 4Cs Project improving patient-centred care and treatment outcomes with a grant of $507,044.

“The project will evaluate the use of the Indigenous Radiation Therapy Talking Book to: Improve Indigenous cancer patients’ knowledge and understanding of radiation therapy; Improve the uptake and completion of radiation treatment; Improve cancer care staff members’ communication and interactions during radiation therapy; and Estimate the costs and likely consequences of nation-wide implementation of the Indigenous Radiation Therapy Talking Book.

“This funding continues the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to supporting the best health and medical research.”

The 2 projects are among 23 which will share in more than $20 million of funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Health Minister Greg Hunt said research funding has been allocated across Australia, with most states and territories contributing to world-leading advances across the spectrum of disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

“All of these research projects are partnerships with organisations operating in a similar field, and are designed to answer a specific question to improve health and health care for Australians,” Minister Hunt said.

“The benefits of these Partnership Project Grants are two-fold. Firstly, they bring together the best people in each field to produce high-quality evidence that can be practically applied, and secondly they enable research to be quickly translated into benefit for the community through the partner organisations that co-fund the studies.”