Date published: 
16 November 2017
Media type: 
Media release
General public

16 November 2017

The Turnbull Government is today announcing an additional $70 million for Australian health and medical researchers to help boost their research capability and to find innovative, practical solutions for better health care.

This investment is being made over the next five years from 2017-18 through the Turnbull Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Next Generation Clinical Researchers program.

This program will boost the talent and capacity of Australia’s health and medical research workforce by increasing the scale of existing fellowship schemes offered by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Building researcher capacity is vital to Australia’s continued success as a global health and medical research leader and innovator.

Fellowships encourage leading researchers in the early to middle stages of their careers to remain in the competitive research arena. It’s about supporting the next generation of Australia’s researchers.

Expansion of fellowship schemes was recommended by the independent Australian Medical Research Advisory Board, which advises the Government on the best use of MRFF funds.

The Next Generation Clinical Researcher program increases the funds available to researchers through three NHMRC fellowships schemes.

The program received $8 million from the first tranche of MRFF disbursements. The first group of MRFF fellowships were announced by the Prime Minister and myself in October.

Today, we are also announcing the allocation of $1.79 million to the next group of MRFF fellowships.

Ten MRFF Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellows will use the funds to work on a broad range of health issues, from suicide prevention to chronic kidney disease and to translate theory and laboratory work into improved health care practice and outcomes for patients.

In addition, the successful applicants for the 12 TRIP fellowships funded by the NHMRC are also being announced today. These fellowships are worth a total of $2.15 million.

These TRIP fellowships will increase the number of opportunities for Australia’s talented researchers to continue their important work.

The announcement today of a further $70 million for fellowships into the future will ensure Australia has the research capacity to maintain its global research powerhouse status.

Translation of research into clinical practice is crucial to improve the health outcomes of all Australians and the operation of our health system.

This reinforces the Turnbull Government’s unprecedented commitment to health and medical research.


NHMRC Funded TRIP Fellowships Commencing 2018:

Chief Investigator Research project Administering Institution Funding
A/Pr Bamini Gopinath Implementing and evaluating a telephone-delivered dietary intervention for age-related macular degeneration patients University of Sydney $179,118
A/Pr Anita Wluka TreatOA4life (Treat OsteoArthritis4life) – a sustainable lifestyle treatment to improve outcomes in knee osteoarthritis Monash University $179,118
Dr Trisha Peel Optimising Patient Outcomes following Surgery: Improving Uptake of Evidence into Practice for Surgical Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Monash University $179,118
A/Pr Gillian Gould Translating evidence based smoking cessation care for pregnant Indigenous smokers University of Newcastle $179,118
A/Pr Fiona Russell Implementing Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Pacific Island Countries University of Melbourne $179,118
Dr Hamish MacDougall Acute vertigo in emergency departments: distinguishing between central and peripheral causes by objective measure of oculomotor examination (HINTS) University of Sydney $179,118
Dr Jane Yelland Enhancing communication, language services, and information exchange: the ECLIPSE Study Murdoch Children’s Research Institute $179,118
Mrs Rachel Sutherland A randomised trial of an intervention to facilitate the implementation of evidence based secondary school physical activity practices. University of Newcastle $179,118
A/Pr Rachael Morton Incorporating patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) into clinical registries University of Sydney $179,118
A/Pr Angela Dawson Improving the quality of maternity care for women with female genital mutilation University of Technology Sydney $179,118
Prof Monika Janda Evaluating and disseminating the implementation success of a surgical training program Queensland University of Technology $179,118
A/Pr Lisa Askie Resolving 60 years of uncertainty: oxygen saturation targets in preterm infants University of Sydney $179,118
Total $2,149,416

MRFF Funded TRIP Fellowships Commencing 2018:

Chief Investigator Research project Administering Institution Budget
Ms Kelly Lambert Implementing a health literacy focused dietetic outpatient model of care for people with chronic kidney disease University of Wollongong $179,118
Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi Enhancing the capacity of mental health services to review, personalise and intervene early through implementation of real-time outcome monitoring Flinders University of South Australia $179,118
Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe Sustaining oral and systemic health in Residential Aged Care Facilities University of Tasmania $179,118
Doctor Christian Barton Implementing appropriate exercise and education for Australians with knee osteoarthritis La Trobe University $179,118
Doctor Alison Beauchamp Closing the communication gap in chronic disease Deakin University $179,118
Doctor Kate Bartlem Translation of preventive care for chronic disease risk behaviours into community mental health service delivery University of Newcastle $179,118
Doctor Fiona Shand Catch them when they fall: Providing best evidence care after a suicide attempt University of New South Wales $179,118
Doctor Donna Urquhart Closing the evidence-practice gap with a highly innovative, patient-centred, decision-support program to guide narcotic use in chronic low back pain Monash University $179,118
Doctor Lauren Ayton Improving patient management pathways in age-related macular degeneration Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited $179,118
Associate Professor Meg Jardine Pragmatic implementation trial to reduce evidence practice gap in chronic kidney disease and diabetes University of New South Wales $179,118
Total $1,791,180