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14 May 2018
MACH receives $6.1M funding renewal from Federal Government
14 May 2018
All Australians are poised to benefit following the announcement of renewed funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centre (AHRTC).
Federal Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, today announced the $6.1 million renewed investment for the MACH, which is a joint venture between 18 partners including leading Victorian healthcare providers, medical research institutes and the University of Melbourne.
The MACH is one of seven AHRTCs in metropolitan Australia and one of the largest AHRTCs in the country. Together with the two Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs), MACH and the other AHRTCs have formed a national collaboration to promote more rapid translation of discoveries into better health and healthcare.
The MACH’s renewed funding will be used towards national programs that will promote rapid translation of discoveries to policy and practice through connecting primary care health data, improving the quality and safety of health systems, and conducting innovative clinical trials. The MACH will consider programs that align with priority areas of the MRFF, our MACH partners and our community. Such programs may include mental health; care of the fragile aged and persons with multiple comorbidities; women, children and adolescents; improving health care safety and quality; and reducing variation in care. The funding will also build upon the world-leading research expertise in cancer, infectious diseases, child health and neurosciences across the MACH network.
Professor Cheryl Jones, Executive Director of the MACH said, “We thank the Minister for this investment into translating our research into better health and healthcare for Australians. Through our partnership we will make a person’s journey through our health system safer and of the highest quality, with better outcomes for all.”
Previous MRFF investment to MACH partners is being used in translational projects to better identify those at risk of thunderstorm asthma, to increase availability of genetic testing for epilepsy, to prevent falls in the frail elderly and to improve population screening for eye disease.
Each of the Australian AHRTCs and CIRHs are set to receive the generous injection of funding, totalling $55 million over three years.
Announcement from the Office of
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health
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