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Federal Government provides $250,000 for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C research.



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Media release

The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge

Minister for Health and Aged Care

 

MW53/99

25 May 1999

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDES $250,000 FOR HIV/AIDS

AND HEPATITIS C RESEARCH

 

The fight against HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C will receive a boost with the alloc ation of $250,000 to fund five research projects, Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, Dr Michael Wooldridge announced today.

 

The research topics range from investigating the predictors of treatment failure for people receiving drug treatment for HIV/AIDS, to a study of cocaine use and risks for the transmission of hepatitis C and HIV among injecting drug users.

 

The five successful research projects were chosen by the Australian National Council on AIDS and Related Diseases (ANCARD) from a field of 26 expressions of interest.

 

The commissioned research funding forms part of the implementation of the Federal Government’s Partnerships in Practice: National HIV AIDS Strategy 1996-97 to 1998-99. The strategy maintains Australia’s position as a world leader by extending the successful approach of education, treatment and care for HIV/AIDS to other diseases, such as hepatitis C, which is also a blood-borne virus.

 

Dr Wooldridge said the Government supports a comprehensive and coordinated program of research which aims to increase knowledge about ways of eliminating or limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, and of reducing the harm caused to those who become infected.

 

“These research projects will also play an important role in providing the Commonwealth with data adequate for monitoring the effectiveness of the National Strategy,” he said.

 

“I commend the Australian National Council on AIDS and Related Diseases for their work in assessing the research applications and for giving me expert advice in making a final selection.”

 

Media contact: Adam Connolly, Dr Wooldridge’s Office, 02 6277 7220

Kay McNiece, Department of Health and Aged Care, 02 6289 6996

 

 

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