The Albanese Government is investing $8 million into seven collaborative research projects to better support the health and wellbeing of all Australians, under the Partnership Project.
As part of these projects, health and medical researchers will work with policy and organisations so their findings can be implemented into practice.
One of these projects will involve a partnership between Dr. Zephanie Tyack from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Beyond Blue, Wesley Medical Research Institute, and regional councils to improve access to mental health services in remote communities.
Dr. Tyack and her research team have developed a new model of care for remote communities, which allows a local person to help others find access to the best mental health care for them.
Their project will evaluate this new model of care in multiple regional sites across Queensland and its potential scale-up around Australia.
There are 32 partners contributing a combined investment of over $12.5 million under the Partnership Project, bringing the total investment to $21 million.
Other projects include:
- improving sleep health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents,
- reducing incidents causing harm to patients in healthcare settings using artificial intelligence and other methods to learn from past incidents, and
- responding to rising rates of youth suicide through evaluation of aftercare services.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister Emma McBride:
“This funding will support researchers to collaborate with partners across Australia to design and deliver research that improves health and wellbeing outcomes in our communities.”
“The projects announced today will lead directly to improvements in health policy, practice and service delivery.”
Quotes attributable to NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO:
“The partners are vital to these research projects. As policy makers and service providers, they bring their perspectives and resources to the table, ensuring the right questions are asked and the outcomes can be implemented into better health and health care.”
Projects funded today are: