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$125 million to help our scientists make the next great medical discovery

The Federal Government is backing Australia’s world-leading medical researchers and scientists with $125.3 million to support their work in making the next major medical breakthrough.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding includes almost $39 million to fight multiple types of cancer facing children and adults, marking a significant investment on World Cancer Day.

The research that’s being done by our scientists is helping to make a better tomorrow for all of us.

Among the institutions receiving new funding, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne has been awarded $13.5 million to continue its world-leading research into cancer immunology and immunotherapy.

I am delighted to announce the $125 million funding grants at Peter Mac.

Researchers at Peter Mac are looking at ways to boost the human body’s own ability to destroy cancer cells. The work they do is truly incredible.

In Queensland, the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute will receive almost $20 million to develop the tools needed to eliminate tropical diseases – an issue that’s still of particular importance and relevance in the sunshine state.

And with almost $43 million in new grants, medical research in New South Wales is receiving a major boost – with a particularly strong focus on cancer treatments and neuroscience.

Professor Paul Keall from the University of Sydney is one of those in NSW, and his team will receive $7 million to transform the way radiotherapy is delivered, increasing cancer control and decreasing side effects – a move that could help one in every two Australians who require this type of cancer treatment.

The grants will also support more than 230,000 Australians who live with chronic Hepatitis C Virus, with $7 million awarded to Professor Margaret Hellard from the Burnet Institute, to further her Direct Acting Antivirals work which has a cure rate of more than 90 per cent.

At the University of Adelaide, researchers will study how best to care for premature babies at home.

A New South Wales University team will investigate ways of limiting unexpected cardiac arrests in hospitals.

A team at the University of Tasmania will investigate if post-traumatic stress disorder is genetic.

And a Monash University group, in partnership with the AFL, will conduct a detailed study of detection and management of sports concussion with real-time detection of head impact in male and female footballers.

This are just a small, but very impressive, snapshot of the 110 projects and 232 researchers that will share in $125.3 million.

Mental health is a very strong personal passion of mine, so I think it’s fantastic that almost $10 million will be invested in this area.

The five-year grants will enable highly experience researchers to work together to tackle difficult problems in health and medicine.

As Health Minister, I am committed to building the world’s best health system right here in Australia.

The Federal Government is providing significant support for medical research and we have a rock solid commitment to Medicare.

This is a statement by The Hon Greg Hunt MP – Minister for Health, Minister for Sport

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