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New Centre of Research Excellence a boost for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Date posted: 25 October 2017

A new Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The CRE will focus on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and adolescent health through Indigenous leadership, collaborative teams and industry partnerships.

The focus of the CRE is on promoting collaborative research and supporting the training of the urban and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce at different stages of their career development. The five year funding aims to deliver advances in understanding how to further improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, children, adolescents and young adults, and to expand the evidence base for policy and programs.

The George Institute for Global Health will play a key role, with Professor Sandra Eades to lead the CRE, and researchers from other institutes and universities leading a number of key components.

Professor Rebecca Ivers, who will lead the injury prevention component of the CRE, said 'This centre will allow us to grow the next generation of Aboriginal researchers who will lead research addressing key community priorities for children and adolescents.'

'Our first step will be to establish new training pathways including Masters and PhD scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. A number of these students will be enrolled through UNSW Sydney and do their studies here at The George Institute.'

The participating organisations in this CRE also include University of Newcastle, Edith Cowan University, UNSW Sydney, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Australian National University, Sax Institute, New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services, Telethon Kids Institute, and Gertner Institute.

Source: The George Institute


Last updated: 25 October 2017
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