What is the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative?

This initiative invests in research that tests innovative approaches to preventive and public health issues in Australia. It will provide $260.4 million over 10 years for research projects that address risk factors that contribute to chronic and complex diseases in Australia. 

It incorporates both previous and new MRFF initiatives:

Why is the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative important?

This initiative is important because it aims to:

  • help research findings and evidence-based practice become part of routine practice
  • improve health outcomes of people with complex and chronic conditions, particularly in disadvantaged regional and rural communities
  • integrate research outcomes into community-based health services and support education programs

What are the goals of the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative?

The initiative’s goal is to support targeted research on new ways to address risk factors for chronic and complex diseases in Australia.

How will we meet these goals?

Early funding priorities are:

  • Reducing preventable hospitalisations
  • Maternal Health and the First 2000 Days
  • Early Childhood
  • Exercise and Nutrition
  • Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research

See the initiative snapshot for details of how we plan to meet these goals.

MRFF snapshot – Preventive and Public Health Research

This snapshot shows this initiative at a glance. It includes budgets, early funding priorities and grant timelines, as at November 2019. Researchers and other stakeholders can use it to plan for upcoming opportunities and see how the initiative will be established, expanded and embedded over time.

Who works with us on the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative?

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funds the Mission. 

Our Health and Medical Research Office oversees this and other MRFF initiatives. 

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administers this initiative.

Apply for funding  

We will list grants on GrantConnect when they open. If you want GrantConnect to notify you about future MRFF grants: 

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  • enter ‘MRFF’ in the keyword section of your GrantConnect profile


Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grants.

Open grant rounds

The Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research and Preventive and Public Health Research grant opportunities opened on 11 December 2019 and will close on 5 February 2020.

Grants being assessed

No grant rounds are currently being assessed.

Grants awarded

We have funded the following projects under this initiative, as at 30 September 2019.

Funded Institution

Project Name

Chief Investigator

Total Funding

University of Canberra

Environmental and social determinants of health in the Australian Capital Territory: program interventions aimed at reducing the burden of disease and avoidable hospital admissions.

Professor Rachel Davey


University of Tasmania

Risk Reduction for Dementia Intervention– North West (RREDI-NOW)  - an initiative of the Wicking Centre ‘Island Study Linking Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease (ISLAND)’ & CAPITOL project

Professor James Vickers


Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Reduction of Heart Failure Readmission in Resource-Constrained Environments: Supporting Nurse-led Disease Management by Risk-Guidance and eHealth

Professor Thomas Marwick


La Trobe University

Reducing inappropriate knee joint replacement surgery and hospital burden

Doctor Christian Barton


La Trobe University

Transforming pulmonary rehabilitation to reduce hospital admissions in COPD

Professor Anne Holland


Macquarie University

Harnessing implementation science, complexity science and evidence-based care to Keep Australians Out of Hospital: leveraging seven natural experiments in New South Wales

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite


Queensland University of Technology

An early detection program to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions of aged care residents

Professor Gillian Harvey


Queensland University of Technology

LOCal Assessment and Triage Evaluation of NAFLD (LOCATE-NAFLD)

 Professor Adrian Barnett


University of Melbourne

The Enhance care study: multi-site implementation of early palliative care in routine practice to improve health outcomes and reduce hospital admissions for people with advanced cancer

Professor Jennifer Philip


University of Melbourne

The REsilience to Seasonal ILlness and Increased Emergency admissioNs CarE (RESILIENCE) Study

Professor Louise Burrell


University of Melbourne

There's no place like home: national scale up of the paediatric low risk febrile neutropenia program

Doctor Gabrielle Haeusler


University of Technology Sydney

Translation of best practice osteoporosis refracture prevention: stopping fragility fractures to keep Australians out of hospital

 Professor Lin Perry


The University of Adelaide

Mobile X-ray services provided within residential aged care facilities

Professor Guy Maddern


University of Tasmania

ANCHOR Project: heAlth ecoNomics and epidemiology of myalgiC encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

Doctor Barbara de Graaff


Monash University

Assessing diagnostic accuracy for melanoma with compared to without access to Melanoma Surveillance Photography in high-risk individuals

Associate Professor Victoria Mar


University of Western Australia

Evaluation of clinical pathways and patient outcomes for breast MRI in preoperative assessment and staging of breast cancer: Establishing when MRI improves patient outcomes and when it does not.

Professor Christobel Saunders


Sax Institute

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC)

Not applicable





Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients


Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) contact

Contact for more information about the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), or to provide feedback on the MRFF website.

General enquiries:
MRFF [at] health.gov.au
MRFF website feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds high quality health and medical research to build research capability, support researchers, encourage the translation of research into better health outcomes and promote the highest ethical standards for health and medical research.

help [at] nhmrc.gov.au

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Last updated: 
24 December 2019