$4m grant as HealthInfoNet celebrates 20 years of making a difference

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, providing free access to an online repository of knowledge and research information, has received a $4 million grant as the resource marks its 20th anniversary.

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13 September 2017

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, providing free access to an online repository of knowledge and research information, has received a $4.06 million grant as the resource marks its 20th anniversary.

Confirming the ongoing funding over three years to Edith Cowan University where HealthInfoNet is based, Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said the website was a powerful tool aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“HealthInfoNet is an award-winning leader in knowledge transfer and exchange, and has proven to be far more than just a passive database,” Minister Wyatt said.

“It is a one-stop shop for innovative, up-to-date information and ideas connecting nearly 5,000 members throughout Australia, where experts can meet in a virtual space, discuss and learn from one another.

“Whilst there are obvious benefits for government agencies, health practitioners, researchers and policymakers in providing a mechanism for evidence based decision making, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are the real winners as HealthInfoNetplays an important role in closing the gap in health.”

HealthInfoNet includes advice on many health conditions and risk factors, a downloadable bibliography of over 16,000 publications, an Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre, academic reports, and listings of workshops, conferences, and job opportunities.

“Investment in HealthInfoNetreflects the Australian Government’s commitment to the advancement of medical research, a key pillar of our Long-Term National Health Plan,” Minister Wyatt said.

“The Turnbull Government is providing $33 million to fund world-leading medical research trials and fellowships, supporting doctors and scientists to uncover the next breakthrough and improve the health of all Australians.

“By gathering information and outcomes of medical research into one place, providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, HealthInfoNet contributes significantly towards Closing the Gap.

“I wish HealthInfoNet a happy 20th anniversary and may it continue playing an important role in our shared quest to improve indigenous health.”

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

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