News & Events

27 February 2019

$160M for Indigenous Health Research

$160M over 10 years will be earmarked for a national initiative tackling the most pressing issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, the federal government announced today. The Indigenous Health Research Fund, funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will support innovative research exploring prevention and treatment of priorities identified by Aboriginal communities, namely:

  • Ending avoidable blindness

  • Ending avoidable deafness

  • Ending rheumatic heart disease

An advisory panel co-chaired by Dr Misty Jenkins of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the University of Melbourne and Prof Alex Brown of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute will guide the allocation of the Indigenous Health Research Fund. This represents the first time that such a significant government investment will be Indigenous-led and developed in conjunction with Indigenous communities.   

Read the Department of Health Media Release

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