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Initiatives and programs

We're working on a range of policy initiatives, programs and campaigns to help improve your health and the health of all Australians.

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  • Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance in Aged Care Facilities has been consolidated into the Global Health initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan. This initiative helped tackle the threat of microbes such as bacteria, viruses or parasites becoming resistant to standard medical treatments.

  • Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity – Clinical Trials Networks initiative has been consolidated into a part of the Clinical Trials Activity initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • Targeted Translation Research Accelerator has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • The Australian Government has established a program to support researchers to push the boundaries to develop new health and medical breakthroughs.

  • The Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) is now part of the Medical Research Commercialisation initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • The Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative is a $32 million investment over 4 years that brings universities and industry together. It will provide researchers with industry placements, mentoring and exchange programs.

  • The International Clinical Trial Collaboration (ICTC) initiative has been consolidated into the Clinical Trials Activity initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan. ICTC supported Australian researchers to conduct clinical trial research in collaboration with international researchers.

  • Keeping Australians out of Hospital has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan. This initiative supported research into preventive health measures for chronic health conditions, to keep people out of hospital.

  • Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research has been consolidated into Preventive and Public Health Research under the MRFF 10-year plan. The activity provides a way to compare the effectiveness of health services and address areas of health care practice with low evidence.

  • Maternal Health and First 2000 Days/Women’s Health has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • This initiative aims to give health professionals the skills they need to discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women. It has developed resources such as accredited training, brochures and videos.

  • The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program aims to improve life expectancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by reducing tobacco use. Local organisations run activities designed to reduce smoking rates. Resources and tools are available to support these activities.

  • The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care measure aims to improve palliative care coordination through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

  • The Genomics Health Futures Mission will invest $500 million over 10 years in genomic research. It will improve testing and diagnosis for many diseases, help personalise treatment options to better target and improve health outcomes, and reduce unnecessary interventions and health costs.

  • The National Tobacco Campaign aims to reduce smoking rates in Australia. It is part of our National Tobacco Strategy.

  • The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a $124 million fund that supports research into brain cancer treatments. It aims to double the survival rate of Australians living with brain cancer over the next 10 years.

  • The Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure aims to help older Australians living in residential aged care, nearing end of their life.

  • The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) provides a payment to help with some of the costs of your continence products.

  • The National Continence Program (NCP) is a national program to support the prevention and management of incontinence.

  • The Cardiovascular Health Mission will invest $220 million over 10 years to bring together researchers, health professionals, industry and patients to make transformative improvements in heart and vascular health and stroke for all Australians.

  • The Global Health initiative will invest $28.4 million over 10 years to fund projects that improve our understanding of global health threats and how best to tackle them. The initial focus is on tackling antimicrobial resistance and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

  • The Indigenous Health Research Fund (IHRF) is investing in Indigenous-led research to tackle health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • The Medical Research Commercialisation initiative supports innovative early stage health and medical research in Australia. It helps researchers transform their ideas into life-saving medicines, devices and treatments to help tomorrow’s patients.

  • This initiative provides funding for research infrastructure that will be used to conduct world-class health and medical research. It includes funding for facilities in rural and remote areas so that people can participate in clinical trials without the need to travel to a major city.

  • This initiative supports targeted research on new ways to address risk factors for chronic and complex diseases in Australia.

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