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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Menzies' lung and cancer programs win $5m in research excellence funding

Two esteemed lung health and cancer research programs from the Menzies School of Health Research have been declared Centres for Research Excellence and awarded funding of $2.5 million each over five years.

Associate Professor Gail Garvey will lead Menzies' cancer research centre from Brisbane which aims to improve the quality of life and survival rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients.

'Until now cancer has not been a high priority on the Indigenous health agenda, despite being the second leading cause of death among Indigenous people. This funding will allow us to bring together key researchers, practitioners, and consumer advocacy groups from across Australia, and actively promote the translation of research knowledge into Australian public health policy and practice', Associate Professor Garvey said.

Professor Anne Chang will head the Menzies' Centre of Research Excellence in respiratory health of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander children from Darwin to focus on improving the lung health of children, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. It is in collaboration with researchers from several centres, in particular the Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane and Professor Ngiare Brown at Wollongong University.

'Lung conditions are the most common reason why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders see a doctor and the second most common reason for hospitalization. It is increasingly appreciated that a lot of lung disease seen in adults starts in children, and many of these lung conditions can be prevented and/or treated if they are recognised and managed before irreversible lung damages sets in', Professor Chang said.

Source: Menzies School of Health Research

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Last updated: 6 August 2012
 
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