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Hearts, minds and everything in between: new Centres of Research Excellence



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

19 October 2010

Hearts, Minds and Everything in Between - New Centres of Research Excellence

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today announced 11 further Centres of Research Excellence, following on from initial announcements in July and August 2010.

The Centres of Research Excellence scheme, funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research.

The Centres will receive $27 million over 5 years.

“Medical research and ensuring that this research is incorporated into health care is one of the keys to improving the health of all Australians” Mr Butler said.

“These new centres will use funding of up to $2.5 million to bring together prominent researchers in a variety of fields to tackle a range of health issues, including cardiology, neuroscience and nursing care.

“Hospital care can cause inadvertent problems for the whole body, when patients develop complications related to poor pain and anxiety management, as well as skin problems.

“One of the centres, the University of Queensland’s Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients, will trial different treatments, and examine existing research, to find the best ways to prevent these problems arising in Australia’s ageing hospital population.”

Eleven Centres of Research Excellence will benefit from the funding, with research in each area to begin immediately.

A list of the NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence is attached.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Minister Butler’s Office 02 6277 7280 Carolyn Norrie, NHMRC, 0422 008 512 or 02 6217 9342

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NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence 2010

Title Administering Institution Amount

Centre for Training in Translational Cardiology Baker IDI $2,525,300

Centre for Research Excellence in Critical Infectious Diseases University of Sydney $2,499,688

NHMRC Asia Pacific Centre for Innovative Dengue Prevention University of Queensland $2,497,175

Centre for Translational Neuroscience: A modular platform for translating discovery into health outcomes University of Melbourne $2,511,875

Centre for Research Excellence in Sun and Health Queensland University of Technology $2,379,750 Reducing the health, social and economic burden of injecting drug use in Australia Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical

Research and Public Health

$2,485,060

Population health at the clinical interface: pregnancy and Childbirth University of Sydney $2,456,365

Improving quality and safety of health care delivery at the interface between the primary and acute care sectors Griffith University $2,499,380

Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients University of Queensland $2,409,875

Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research (CIPHER) University of Western Sydney $2,496,375

Centre of Research Excellence in Women's Health in the 21st Century University of Queensland $2,190,625