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Date posted: 22 April 2009
The Rudd Government has allocated $2.5 million to establish a Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health at the University of New South Wales.
The funding will help researchers to determine the incidence of HIV in Indigenous communities and investigate the best ways to identify and treat HIV and other blood borne and sexually transmitted infections. Developing a better understanding of when and how these infections develop in Indigenous people has the potential to improve the health of Indigenous communities and assist in reducing the 17 year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and other Australians.
The grant, being provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), will enable researchers at the Centre to work with selected Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. The studies of the Centre will also aim to solve some of the clinical and health service issues that Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services face on a daily basis.
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