The translation of Australia’s world-leading medical research into patient benefit has been boosted by a three-year funding commitment announced today by the Turnbull Government.
The South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre (SA Centre), which brings together medical researchers and clinicians across South Australia, will receive $6.1 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to continue its efforts to translate cutting-edge research into health impact.
Federal Minister for Health, the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, announced the investment in the work of the SA Centre, who are working collaboratively to deliver tangible health solutions to some of Australia’s greatest health challenges.
The Honorary Executive Director of the SA Centre, Professor Steve Wesselingh, welcomed the funding commitment.
“This funding will assist the SA Centre to support the next generation of projects and help speed up the process of taking new scientific discoveries from the bench into day-to-day clinical practice,” Professor Wesselingh said.
“The SA Centre is about using what we know from research and working collaboratively with health services, consumers and other important stakeholders, to facilitate changes that will improve the health of South Australians, but this isn’t possible without funding, and for this reason, we are incredibly grateful to Minister Hunt and his team.
“We are confident this funding will assist in translating research into real health benefits, and enhancing Australia’s reputation for research excellence and leadership.
“The projects we funded with the first round of MRFF support were selected because they were identified as areas of greatest clinical concern to the Australian community.
“But thanks to this boost in funding, we can branch out further and address additional areas of concern, improving health outcomes for even more Australians.”
To date, the MRFF has enabled nine projects to be funded that will deliver translational outcomes in 2018 through a $2 million allocation to the SA Centre. Support to the SA Centre’s projects has already enabled the implementation of new knowledge into the health care system, evaluation and refinement of existing health care services, and support for bi–directional collaboration between researchers and health care providers to enable a dynamic and thrilling hub with shared focus on improvements to healthcare for all.
Applications for the next round of Rapid Applied Research Translation grants will open on July 19.