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The George Institute receives more than $18 million to improve healthcare

Today Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has announced National Health Medical Research Council funding for ground-breaking health and medical research across Australia, of which the George Institute received over $18 million.

The George Institute for Global Health commends the National Health and Medical Research Council and the federal government for its commitment to health and medical research.

Ms Plibersek said as a result of this investment, medicines were Australia's biggest research-intense goods exports, helping to build a stronger, more competitive and more productive economy.

"The Gillard Government is very pleased to be supporting Australia's best and brightest medical researchers as they undertake their vital work," Ms Plibersek said.

"Continued government investment in research enables development of effective new treatments and new policy solutions in our health system."

Professor Vlado Perkovic of The George Institute said the government's ongoing support for medical and health research is crucial for improving healthcare in Australia and around the world.

"Chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are escalating, causing unnecessary death and disability and contributing significantly to the global burden of disease," Professor Perkovic said.

"There has never been a more urgent need to find innovative solutions so more people have access to affordable healthcare," he said.

"The government's ongoing support enables our researchers to pave out a robust and forward thinking program of research to address this need.

"The research findings that emanate from this work will be relevant to millions people worldwide, and will result in rapid changes to clinical guidelines and practice and preventing numerous premature deaths within the decade."

The George Institute received the following funding:

  • Professor Stephen MacMahon will receive $17.8 million to identify more effective health policy and improved clinical practice in the treatment of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease
  • Anne Eades will receive $78,437 to explore the impact on women living with chronic disease
  • Dr Sradha Kotwal will receive $75,658 to explore patient, provider and health system barriers to equitable care for rural patients with kidney disease
  • Helen Trevena will receive $75,000 to explore the capacity of non-government organisations to improve the food supply

NHMRC grants are administered by Australia's premier health and medical research body, the National Health and Medical Research Council and address research needs, from basic science to how research can be better translated into practice. They provide support for researchers embarking on a career through to well established teams of researchers with outstanding track records of achievement.

For more information visit the NHMRC website.