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Funding boost for Indigenous health research programs

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The Federal Government has announced $23.2 million in funding for new research projects that tackle Indigenous health challenges, including kidney health and mental wellbeing.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding was aimed at improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.

“Investigation and investment where it is needed is critical to delivering better health outcomes for First Nations Peoples, to protect lives and save lives,” Mr Hunt said.

Monash University will receive more than $320,000 to develop a point-of-care test to diagnose and manage chronic kidney disease, which affects almost one in five Indigenous adults.

A further five projects across five different States will examine social and emotional wellbeing issues affecting Indigenous infants, children, adolescents, and young people.

The direction of future First Nations research will be informed by the NHMRC’s Road Map 3, which will include a yearly report card and a commitment to spend at least 5 per cent of annual NHMRC funding on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and medical research.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Ken Wyatt, said the Road Map 3 had been developed in consultation with communities, First Nation researchers, and the broader health and medical research sector.