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New investments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health

Date posted: 10 November 2017

Funding has been announced for nine Northern Territory (NT) medical research projects worth over $12 million, which aim to save children's lives, and help close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, and Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt AM, announced the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for researchers at Menzies School of Health Research.

'This research's focus on child health and chronic disease will help address significant challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,' Minister Scullion said. 'The funding includes major support for Menzies to undertake a trial of maternal immunisation to prevent pneumonia in infants and to continue a 30-year ground-breaking cohort study of 689 Aboriginal children born to mothers at the Royal Darwin Hospital.'

Minister Wyatt said medical research was critical to closing the gap on Indigenous life expectancy. 'These nine important projects aim to improve and save lives and will provide more opportunities for health breakthroughs,' said Minister Wyatt. 'From diet improvement to vitamin supplements and antibiotics, this broad range of critical work will continue to increase our clinical knowledge.'

According to Menzies Director, Professor Alan Cass, this latest stream of funding will enable research teams to address fundamentally important health issues including maternal immunisation to improve child health.

The full list of projects funded include:

Source: Department of Health, SBS, Menzies School of Health Research


Last updated: 14 November 2017
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