NW to be ‘a hub’ of new health research

NW to become ‘hub’ of new health research says Prime Minister


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REGIONAL HEALTH: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has awarded a grant to the University of Tasmania to research the health of regional and rural people. Picture: File photo.

REGIONAL HEALTH: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has awarded a grant to the University of Tasmania to research the health of regional and rural people. Picture: File photo.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull backs UniTas for preventive health research

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The University of Tasmania has been granted $2.4 million for more research into preventive health care.

Announcing the funds on Thursday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said North-West Tasmania would become ‘a hub’ for preventive health research.

The research projects would aim at people living in regional and rural Australia, but particularly regional Tasmania, Mr Turnbull said.

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“Tasmania is home to some of the best and brightest minds, whose research is pioneering better health outcomes for Australians in regional and remote areas.

Focus on regional and rural people

“The research at the University of Tasmania will also provide preventive health measures for residents living in regional Tasmania.

“It will be translating research knowledge into health care practice and will change lives and save lives,” he said.

Mr Turnbull paid tribute to the University of Tasmania, saying it was one of the top ten research-led universities in the country, and was well placed to explore research projects to boost preventive health measures.

“Those measures will ultimately keep more Australians out of hospital. Prevention is always better than a cure.”

Confident of better health in Tasmania

Mr Turnbull said he was confident the research would result in improved health care for Tasmanians and the rest of the country.

The grant is from the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund, which supports researchers and academics in studies that will result in better diagnoses and treatment for people with chronic and complex conditions.

University of Tasmania research has focussed in part on the health challenges of an ageing population living in relative disadvantage, and has made a major breakthrough in preventing sudden infant death syndrome.

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