The Turnbull Government is backing Australia’s world-leading medical researchers and scientists with $125.3 million to support their work in making the next major medical breakthrough.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding includes almost $39 million to fight multiple types of cancer facing children and adults, marking a significant investment on World Cancer Day.
Among the institutions receiving new funding, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne has been awarded $13.5 million to continue its world-leading research into cancer immunology and immunotherapy.
In Queensland, the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute will receive almost $20 million to develop the tools needed to eliminate tropical diseases – an issue that’s still of particular importance and relevance in the sunshine state.
And with almost $43 million in new grants, medical research in New South Wales is receiving a major boost – with a particularly strong focus on cancer treatments and neuroscience.
Professor Paul Keall from the University of Sydney is one of those in NSW, and his team will receive $7 million to transform the way radiotherapy is delivered, increasing cancer control and decreasing side effects – a move that could help one in every two Australians who require this type of cancer treatment.
The grants will also support more than 230,000 Australians who live with chronic Hepatitis C Virus, with $7 million awarded to Professor Margaret Hellard from the Burnet Institute, to further her Direct Acting Antivirals work which has a cure rate of more than 90 per cent.
At the University of Adelaide, researchers will study how best to care for premature babies at home.
A New South Wales University team will investigate ways of limiting unexpected cardiac arrests in hospitals.
A team at the University of Tasmania will investigate if post-traumatic stress disorder is genetic.
And a Monash University group, in partnership with the AFL, will conduct a detailed study of detection and management of sports concussion with real-time detection of head impact in male and female footballers.
This are just a small, but very impressive, snapshot of the 110 projects and 232 researchers that will share in $125.3 million.
Mental health is a very strong personal passion of mine, so I think it’s fantastic that almost $10 million will be invested in this area.
The five-year grants will enable highly experience researchers to work together to tackle difficult problems in health and medicine.
As Health Minister, I am committed to building the world’s best health system right here in Australia.
The Turnbull Government is providing significant support for medical research and we have a rock solid commitment to Medicare.
For more information on the NHMRC grants, visit the NHMRC website.