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Data on Medical Research Future Fund funding for early to mid-career researchers

A report on the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) 2023 Early to Mid-Career Researchers grant opportunity is now available.

PBAC chair, MSAC chair, and deputy chairs EOI outcome

New chair and deputy chair appointments announced for health technology assessment committees. This includes appointments for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).

The Digital Health Blueprint has been published

The Digital Health Blueprint 2023–2033 outlines the Australian Government’s ten-year vision for the role digital health capabilities will continue to play in delivering a more person-centred, connected, and sustainable health system for Australians.

Virtual reality is helping brain injury survivors regain use of their arms and hands

Survivors of brain injuries caused by stroke and other serious events can lose function in their arms and hands. An Australian company is creating a virtual reality therapy system to help survivors regain the use of these limbs.

Can AI personalise mental health treatments for university students?

University students can feel severe psychological distress before their exams. The Vibe Up trial uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find out if digital mental health therapies can help, and which therapies work best for each student.

Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project Consultation

We have published the outcomes of the Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project Consultation.

Our Journey Our Story

Aboriginal-led research is implementing and evaluating the Debakarn Koorliny Wangkiny (Steady Walking and Talking) co-design framework. The aim is to improve mental health services for Aboriginal young people.

Music therapy eHealth supporting people with dementia

A music therapist and a human-computer interaction expert help carers use music to calm people with dementia.

Improving the speed and accuracy of emerging genomic technologies

Dr Ira Deveson’s ultra-fast COVID sequencing workflow made global media headlines. At the peak of the pandemic in 2020, Ira’s new workflow reduced COVID variant sequencing time from one week to 4 hours. This allowed authorities to quickly trace the sources of infections and stop them from spreading.

New National Gene Technology Scheme website

A new website has been launched for the National Gene Technology Scheme – a collaboration between all Australian governments. Learn more about the new website.

New digital resource on managing early breast cancer

Cancer Australia has launched a new, comprehensive digital resource – Guidance for the management of early breast cancer.

MRFF funding for Australians leading COVID-19 research

The Australian Government has made available $96 million for the national effort fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about some projects, supported by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Improving septic shock treatment

The international Pragmatic Pediatric Trial of Balanced vs NormaL Saline Fluid in Sepsis will compare two treatments commonly used to treat sepsis in children to compare their safety and effectiveness.

Leading the world in phenomics

Your phenome is a dynamic fingerprint of your unique biology. The Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) studies phenomes to better understand diseases and an individual’s disease risk.

Genetic testing gives couples family planning choices

Mackenzie's Mission is a ground-breaking initiative which identifies the risk of having a child with a genetic condition.

Getting rid of childhood brain cancer

The Zero Childhood Cancer Personalised Medicine Program (ZERO) is helping to improve survival outcomes for kids most at risk.

Reducing clot complications

Blood clots in leg veins and lung arteries are a significant public health problem. A new international clinical trial will test the 2 drugs currently used for treatment to compare safety and complications.

Supporting MND patients to access innovative treatments

Researchers tested a drug that could help to treat Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Thanks to donors and almost $2 million in MRFF funding, the trial was run at 6 centres.

Sound approach helps babies with hearing loss

Infants with hearing impairment can struggle to learn language and engage fully with the world around them. But a new clinical tool – EarGenie™ – promises to give them a head start soon after birth.

Breathing new life into neonatal research

A premature infant's lungs lack a critical chemical that allows them to 'open' or 'fill'. To address this issue, the largest ever respiratory intervention trial is now underway in delivery rooms across the world.
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