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$3.2 million for health & medical research in the A.C.T

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Media release a » The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge ^ 7 p i a i p p m

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MW 131g/97 17 November 1997


- The Federal Government today announced researchers, institutions and universities in the ACT would receive $3.2 million in 1998 from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for research projects involving laboratory investigations through to clinical treatments and public health strategies.

. The Federal Minister for Health and Family Services, Dr Michael Wooldridge, said the Federal ■ Government’s entire package o f $163 million was the highest annual amount ever committed r under the NHMRC research program.

“The Coalition Government recognises the vital role researchers and their institutions play in developing greater health knowledge and advancing the field o f medicine,” Dr Wooldridge said.

“One o f the great talents o f Australia is our remarkable capacity for medical research. The path-breaking work being done in many areas of medical treatment and medical science is without peer in the world.

.. “The package of $3.2 million for 33 research grants and research training awards in the ACT is part o f a significant investment in the future of this country which will ultimately improve the health o f Australians and reduce the burden o f the health care system on taxpayers,” he said.

. Dr Wooldridge said a diverse range o f projects would be undertaken in the ACT including work into inherited aspects o f susceptibility to multiple sclerosis in Australians, immunisation .· strategies to prevent respiratory tract infections, assessing the health o f people with medical device implants, and cell development in vitro.

“Many o f these projects fall into the National Priority Health areas o f cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health, injury prevention, and diabetes, as well as supporting Federal Government initiatives in the area o f HTV/AIDS, drug and alcohol misuse and Aboriginal and , Torres Strait Islander health.

“A proportion o f the research funding has also been allocated to the Howard Florey Centenary , Research Fellowships, which is a special program introduced this year to encourage bright, ■ young Australian researchers who are working overseas to come back home to further their careers,” D r Wooldridge said.

Media contact: Bill Royce, Dr Wooldridge's office (02) 6277 7220 Dr Warwick Anderson, NHMRC (03) 9905 2555

Simon Brady, NHMRC media relations (O^^^^MSSDNWiHALTH