$12.9 million for new research to improve primary health care

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health and Aged Care

The Morrison Government is investing $12.9 million in seven new research projects around Australia to use data to improve health outcomes for Australian patients.

Funded through the 2020 Primary Healthcare Research Data Infrastructure grants, a number of research institutions will receive funding to undertake projects that use new and existing data sets to improve access, quality, safety and efficiency of our primary health care system.

As part of the program, the South Australian Health Medical Research Institute Ltd will receive around $2 million for its Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) project, which aims to expand the existing platform to understand emerging issues and continue ground-breaking research on key, and currently unknown, residential aged care impacts.

ROSA’s efficient model leverages existing information, bringing together diverse datasets collected by different organisations throughout the country, to provide a whole picture of the ageing pathway.

The research will use new data gathered on immunisation, rehabilitation and social welfare to further research and embed ROSA as the only national data solution for policy and practice change in residential aged care.

The University of Adelaide will also receive around $2 million for their Imagendo project, which will benefit the approximately one in 9 Australian women and girls who suffer from endometriosis.

The Imagendo project will use imaging and artificial intelligence to aid in better, quicker and more cost-effective diagnosis of endometriosis. Ultrasound and MRI imaging will be used to develop diagnostic algorithms, which can estimate in real time the likelihood that an individual has endometriosis.

This tool will improve access to simpler and less invasive diagnostic tests and treatments for Australian women and girls impacted by endometriosis.

The Primary Healthcare Research Data Infrastructure grants are targeted towards projects which will improve residential aged care, urban and rural general practitioner-led practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and other health professionals such as nurses, midwives, allied health, pharmacists and dentists.

These grants are part of the Morrison Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future, which is a long-term, sustainable investment in Australian health and medical research helping to improve lives, build the economy and contribute to the sustainability of the health system.

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