Date published: 
20 September 2019
Media type: 
Media release
General public

The Morrison Government is investing more than $6.6 million in four research projects that seek to answer important public health questions around melanoma detection in high-risk patients, the effectiveness of breast MRIs, the cost of chronic fatigue and mobile x-rays at residential aged care facilities.

These projects are funded under the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) $39.8 million Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Initiative.

The initiative is designed to address gaps in knowledge and evidence for important health system issues.

This includes the comparative effectiveness of a health service or health system practice.

The focus areas require more targeted research and have high community need but low commercial interest.

This round of funding is focused on targeted research questions and topics, put forward by the National Health Technology Assessment (NHTA) Chairs Committee that seek to examine:

  • The effectiveness of Melanoma Surveillance Photography in high-risk individuals.
  • When breast MRIs improve patient outcomes.
  • The impact of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on the Australian economy.
  • Whether mobile x-ray units to residents of residential aged care facilities are cost effective.

Research findings will inform improvements in current practice and ultimately support better health outcomes for patients.

The $20 billion MRFF aims to transform health and medical research, and innovation, to improve lives by providing sustainable and strategic funding for vital research and clinical trials.

The MRFF operates as an endowment fund and provides a sustainable source of funding for vital medical research, which beyond 2021 will disburse $650 million each year.




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.

University of Western Australia


The effectiveness of Melanoma Surveillance Photography in high-risk individuals.

Monash University           


ANCHOR Project: health economics and epidemiology of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.

University of Tasmania


Mobile X-ray services provided within residential aged care facilities.

The University of Adelaide




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