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New NHMRC Better Health Grants announced


15 October 2009

Six university research projects have secured more than $3.24 million in the first ever nationwide National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Partnership for Better Health Grants, which were announced this week by the Prime Minister.

The Rudd Government has provided $21 million nationally for the new grants, which are designed to help researchers work directly with health organisations so that research results can be tailored to real world situations.

Better Health Grants willhelp to ensure that the outcomes of research can be applied immediately to healthcare practice and policy, helping governments and communities that are seeking to implement effective, innovative and proven strategies.

The six University of Sydney projects that have received grants are:

Developing service policies for Australians with dual sensory impairment: An integrated collaborative pilot project led by Professor Stephen Leeder from the Sydney Medical School and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, receives $318,651;

Determinants of effective clinical networks led Dr Mary Haines from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, receives a grant worth $338,850;

Bringing evidence to improve the quality and acceptability of maternity care led by Professor Jonathan Morris from the Sydney Medical School and Royal North Shore Hospital, receives a grant worth $341,500;

Sydney Epilepsy Incident Study to Measure Illness Consequences (SEISMIC) led by Professor Craig Anderson from the Sydney Medical School and The George Institute for International Health, was awarded $676,050;

Reducing salt in the Australian diet led by Professor Bruce Neal from the Sydney Medical School and The George Institute for International Health, receives a grant worth $799,242;

Integrating evidence into policy and sustainable service delivery: The wobbly hub and spoke model led by Professor Craig Veitch from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Cancer Research Network, receives $800,000.

Full information is available on the NHMRC website at: www.nhmrc.gov.au


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