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In a major boost for Indigenous health research, the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) at the Australian National University has won $5 million in Commonwealth Government funding for two new Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) in primary health care.
Director of the Institute Robert Wells said the CRE for Urban Aboriginal Child Health and the CRE for Prevention of Chronic Conditions in remote and rural communities would be awarded $2.5 million each in primary health care research funding from the Department of Health and Ageing to conduct world-leading research into essential health care.
'Overall, 53% of the Aboriginal population of Australia lives in cities or large regional centres and it is estimated that 60% of the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians is attributable to the health of people living in non-remote areas,' he said.
'The research by the CRE in Urban Aboriginal Child Health will aim to address key gaps in evidence by supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to use data from the children attending their services to improve their health and health care.'
Mr Wells said the second new centre, the CRE for Prevention of Chronic Conditions, would evaluate models for primary health care delivery to Indigenous and other high risk groups in rural and remote settings.