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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

$39.8 million in health and medical research to help close the gap

Date posted: 19 October 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced 53 National Health and Medical Research Council grants focusing on Indigenous health. Collectively, these grants are worth $39.8 million.

'I welcome this investment in research which will cover a range of areas, including engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in accessing mental health treatment, interventions to reduce the 20% of Indigenous children who will experience perforated eardrums, and programs to assist in the management of chronic lower back pain experienced by Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas of Western Australia,' Mr Snowdon said.

Other research grants have been given for:

  • a study at the University of Sydney to establish the prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and help affected children and their carers in Fitzroy Valley's remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia
  • a study at the Australian National University to investigate health trajectories in urban Aboriginal children.

In the Northern Territory, 17 funding grants worth more than $17 million will be delivered through the Menzies School of Health Research.


Last updated: 18 October 2011
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