Delivering faster benefits for patients

The Government is providing more than $12 million to advance a number of medical research projects, injecting funding with the aim of delivering faster benefits for patients.

Sydney Health Partners and Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) will each receive $6.1 million to deliver faster medical breakthroughs to patients.

These two groups are working on some of Australia’s big health challenges from diabetes, breast cancer and hepatitis C to reducing the impact of chronic disease on children and the more effective use of multiple medications for the elderly.

A Sydney Health Partners project under a previous round of federal government funding included the development of a smart phone app which allows clinicians and researchers to rapidly and easily find trials that are relevant to their patients.

SPHERE has used a previous grant to established Genome Connect, which allows patients to work with researchers to understand the genetic contribution to disability and diseases.

This latest funding is provided through the Government’s $20 billion investment in Medical Research Future Fund.

It will give our world-class researchers the opportunity to undertake further innovative projects to improve the lives of patients.

Both Sydney Health Partners and SPHERE will use the funding to expand their current medical research projects and fund new projects.

This funding continues the Government’s strong commitment to supporting the best health and medical research.

The 2018–19 Budget provided a record total of $6 billion to Australia’s health and medical research sector, including $1.3 billion for a health and medical industry growth plan to drive a new era of better health care and fuel jobs and growth.

Source: Australian Government

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