Government to invest almost $35 million in Indigenous health projects including Indigenous blindness

The Morrison Government will invest almost $35 million in 42 key research projects in areas such as ending avoidable indigenous deafness, ending avoidable indigenous blindness, and helping to eradicate chronic kidney disease.

As part of this funding, the Government is investing $14.44 million from the first grant round of the Indigenous Health Research Fund (the Fund).

This funding supports research into several key Indigenous health issues including improving adolescent mental health, ending avoidable deafness and blindness, and improving outcomes for those living with chronic kidney disease.

The projects, to be run by the nine successful grant recipients, will identify what will contribute to successful healthcare delivery in Indigenous populations and what barriers exist.

They will also involve developing and implementing a targeted and culturally appropriate support package including guidelines, toolkits and training programs, as well as conducting trials of potentially ground-breaking and life-saving new treatments.

Backed by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the Fund will invest $160 million over ten years (2019-20 to 2028-29) in health and medical research that can make a difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffering debilitating diseases.

The Fund will mobilise health and medical research for the prevention of disease and promotion of health and social equity.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research, designed to deliver community benefit, will inform and transform the way the health system responds to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The nine projects under the Medical Research Future Fund will run for three years from 2019-20, and include:

RecipientProjectFunding

Macquarie University

Improving care pathways for Otitis Media in Aboriginal children (0-12 years)

$1,961,473.90

University of Sydney

Co-designing and embedding an integrated ear-health support system to improve the ear health outcomes of urban Aboriginal children

$887,186.00

Monash University

Reducing the burden of chronic kidney disease in the Indigenous population

$1,995,895.00

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Strengthening primary mental health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) adolescents

$1,997,344.00

University of New South Wales

Improving the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents living in remote Far North Queensland communities

$1,684,560.00

The University of Queensland

Co-designed sleep health program to achieve better sleep and improved mental health symptoms in Indigenous adolescents

$586,961.00

The University of Queensland

IMHIP-Youth: A multi-disciplinary collaboration to embed and evaluate a model of social and emotionalwellbeing care for Indigenous adolescents who experience detention

$1,988,280.32

Menzies School of Health Research

What Matters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adolescents’ Wellbeing: Developing a wellbeing measure for adolescents (WM2A Project)

$1,896,841.30

Flinders University

Improving health treatments for diabetic retinopathy as a leading cause of blindness among Aboriginal Australians

$1,436,870.80

The second of the investments involves $19.785 million from 2019-20 to 2021-22, for 33 grants under Round One of the Indigenous Australians Health Programme Emerging Priorities grant opportunity.

This grant opportunity provides funding for one-off, innovative projects that target improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Successful projects span activities to address chronic disease prevention, early intervention and the treatment and management of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, renal disease and mental health.

Grants were also provided for projects to address early childhood development and to assist with workforce development and continuous quality improvement of primary care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

The majority of the funding offered will support projects developed by the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, with some funding also to be provided for projects being undertaken by universities and other primary care organisations.

The 33 projects offered funding are listed at the conclusion of this media release.

A further Emerging Priorities grant opportunity will be opened later in 2020.

The two grant rounds build on the Morrison Government’s $35 million, three-year investment in the Telethon Kids Institute, to lead a national consortium to accelerate one of four existing Strep A vaccine candidates into a clinical trial, working with researchers around Australia and the world.

In Australia, diseases caused by Strep A disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 94 per cent of new cases of acute rheumatic fever – the precursor to rheumatic heart disease – occur among Indigenous Australians. When left untreated, rheumatic heart disease can lead to permanent disability and premature death.

Additionally, in the 2019-20 Budget, mental health funding was boosted nationally by $740.6 million, with $509 million going to initiatives aimed at addressing youth and Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention.

Our Government is dedicated to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and maintains a long-standing and important commitment to achieving health equity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The 33 projects offered funding under Round One of the Indigenous Australians Health Programme Emerging Priorities grant opportunity are:

Recipient

State / Territory

Project

Funding

Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation

NT

Aboriginal Health Coaching Curriculum Co-design

$435,563.00

The University of Queensland

QLD

Implementation and Evaluation of a Telementoring Dementia Care Service: DementiaECHO

$949,219.00

University of Southern Queensland

QLD

Improving Wound Care in Regional and Remote Aboriginal cmmunities

$205,274.00

Carbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Ltd

QLD

Timely Allied Health for Mob

$690,000.00

Marathon Health Limited

NSW

Winya Marang (Live Good) Intergenerational Diabetes Support Program

$656,270.00

Nganampa Health Council Incorporated

NT

Obesity and Diabetes Type 2 in Aboriginal Children- A Collaborative Approach

$1,242,522.00

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

NT

Does Size Matter? Evaluation of the Continuity of Care Model in Congress Town-based Clinics

$227,270.00

Gurriny Yealamucka (Good Healing) Health Serice Aboriginal Corporation

QLD

Yarrabah Counts – Local Data Informing Local Solutions

$991,000.00

Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation

NT

Binjari Health Clinic PIRS Transition from PCIS to Communicare

$148,000.00

Yerin Aboriginal Health Services

NSW

ACE Implementation – Screening and Support for Adverse Childhood Experiences in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

$442,769.57

Hunter Primary Care Limited

NSW

Power and Control for Indigenous Youth

$240,000.00

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Services Inc

SA

Healthcare Data Analyst

$346,510.41

Dragon Claw Charity Ltd

NSW

Muscular Skeletal Medication Adherence Project (MSMAP)

$699,794.00

Apunipima Cape Yourk Health Council Limited

QLD

High Priority Reproduction, STI Prevention and Parenting Skills Training for Remote Communities

$749,067.15

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

NT

Strengthening RAN/AHP Workforce Across Multiple Aboriginal Communities

$472,000.00

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

NT

Improving Access to Primary Health Care for Aboriginal Men in Remote Ccommunities

$750,000.00

The University of Newcastle

NSW

Partners And Paternal Aboriginal Smokers’ (PAPAS) Program to Prevent Exposure to

Tobacco Smoking for Children’s Health

$599,000.00

South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

NSW

Waminda’s Cancer Care Project

$457,500.00

Apunipima Cape York Health Council Limited

QLD

Addressing anaemia in pregnancy and early childhood in remote Cape York communities

$748,489.26

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation ICN 4170

NT

IT Systems Effectiveness

$140,041.56

The Australian Kidney Foundation

VIC

Kidney Health Australia – Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

$777,200.00

Flinders University

SA

Living Well, Keeping Strong Program

$746,694.00

Adelaide Northern Division of General practice Ltd.

SA

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Health Assessment Uptake Project

$1,051,877.00

MJD Foundation Limited

NT

Development of primary health resources and education for Indigenous Australians living with Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7

$270,000.00

The George Institute for Global Health

NSW

Discharge Planning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Following Burn Injury: A Quality Improvement Approach

$497,083.00

Werin Aboriginal Corporation

NSW

Systems Update

$749,232.53

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc.

SA

Aboriginal Health Clinic Medical Social Workers

$625,983.00

South West Aboriginal Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (SWAMSAC)

WA

Implementation of New Systems to Transform SWAMS Clinical and Administrative Business Functions

$256,812.00

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory

NT

Supporting Medicines Management in Northern Territory Aboriginal Community

Controlled Health Services

$60,000.00

Centre For Rural and Regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Limited

QLD

Tucka-Time Program

$1,864,029.06

Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation

WA

Spinifex Health Service – Quality Systems and Administration Project

$750,000.00

Danila Dilba Biluru Butji Binnilutlum Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

NT

Active Mob

$850,000.00

Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation)

QLD

IT Upgrade and Data Collection

$95,506.00

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