MEDICAL research projects in the Hunter and Northern NSW will receive more than $6 million in federal funding for the next three years.
NSW Regional Health Partners – which aligns clinicians and researchers across the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast districts – will benefit from $6.1 million from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the Hunter had an “excellent” track record in medical research. This funding would help to translate some of that research into “real health outcomes” for patients.
“For example, new research will include investigating best practice models for telehealth and aged care, and changing community behaviour through healthy weight strategies,” he said.
“Often people living outside our capital cities and major regional centres do not have access to the same level of healthcare as their city counterparts.”
NSW Regional Health Partners include the Hunter New England, Mid North Coast and Central Coast Health districts, the University of Newcastle and University of New England, the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, the Hunter Institute of Medical Research, and the Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital.
“NSW Regional Health Partners is one of two Centres for Innovation in Regional Health working to transform the health and wellbeing of residents of regional, rural and remote NSW,” Minister Hunt said. “It is through the Turnbull Government’s investment in the MRFF and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health that frontline workers and the community can be empowered to research solutions to break down access barriers to healthcare.”
Minister Hunt said improving health services and investing in better treatment, care and medical research, was a government priority.
He congratulated NSW Regional Health Partners on its leadership to deliver best practice care to local communities.