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12 April 2019

MACH announces new patient-focused research investment for 2019

Six patient-focused project grants and five early career research fellowships addressing some of Australia’s top health priorities have been awarded by the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), the centre announced today. Funding will also be allocated by the MACH for national initiatives in collaboration with Translation and Innovation Centres across Australia. In total $1.67 million will be invested from the Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) scheme.


The Australian Government is funding the RART scheme through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to accelerate the conversion of research to improved patient outcomes.

Successful projects intend to improve health for the nearly 2.5 million Australians within the MACH’s geographical boundaries, with potential to scale up to national implementation. Funded projects aim to: improve care of people with chronic physical and mental comorbidities; improve health care safety and reducing variation in care; and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The RART program provides a great opportunity for our best researchers to tackle these challenges head-on, and bring their research into practice quickly,” said Professor David Story, Interim Executive Director of the MACH and Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne.

Among the awarded projects, A/Prof Craig Nelson of Western Health will collaborate with General Practitioners to test a data platform called Future Health Today, designed to enhance community care of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes; A/Prof Luke Burchill, Melbourne Health and University of Melbourne, aims to improve the cardiovascular health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians; and Prof Harriet Hiscock of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute will explore factors contributing to hospital re-admissions for children with asthma.

The MACH also awarded five successful early career translational research fellowships to build researcher capacity in priority areas of: data science and health services research; clinical informatics; and conducting innovative clinical trials.  

For more information on all of the funded projects and fellowships, see: www.machaustralia.org/mach-2019-rart-projects.

The breadth and depth of the funded projects and fellowships is a testament to the strength of the MACH as a cooperative engine, bringing together the world-class research and clinical innovation in healthcare that Melbourne is known for. Prof Story noted that the MACH supports a strong research culture that is likely to enhance the clinical care patients receive within MACH partner hospitals and institutes.

“The potential for real patient benefit within twelve months is enormous, and exciting,” he said, adding that “patient-centred outcomes are the foundation of what we do at the MACH and the driving force behind our collaboration.”

For more information, please contact the MACH office:
mach-admin@unimelb.edu.au
(03) 8344 9973

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