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Almost $4 million in research funding has been allocated nation-wide to 13 new projects that will investigate ways to prevent the harm caused by obesity, tobacco and harmful use of alcohol. The Hon Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Health, said in a media statement on the 6 March:
'The Gillard Government wants to keep people out of hospital and this research will help us better target programs that will prevent people from becoming unwell from tobacco use, obesity and the harmful consumption of alcohol. These projects stood out because the results from these key areas of research will help inform everyone looking to prevent chronic disease and promote good health.'
Projects funded under the package include an investigation into ways to support workforce development in the area of remote store public health nutrition. This project, which hopes to improve Indigenous health outcomes, will be conducted by a team from Monash University with Menzies School of Health Research.
The Hon Mark Butler, Minister for Social Inclusion and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, stated that funding allocated to alcohol research would also help the Government's fight against risky drinking by young people.
The grants program was developed by the Australian Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), with advice from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the ANPHA Research Committee. Projects are expected to commence from March 2012 and will have a duration of up to three years. A full list of successful projects can be found on the Department of Health and Ageing's website.
Source: Department of Health and Ageing
Minister Plibersek's office
Ph: (02) 6277 7220
Minister Butler's office
Ph: (02) 6277 7280