The Morrison Government is providing more than $4.8 million for research initiatives that will lead to improved health outcomes and preventative measures for conditions such as suicide prevention, gestational weight gain and low back pain.
The latest round of funding through the Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Partnership Projects scheme will fund six projects.
The Government’s investment is matched by Partner Organisations, demonstrating a joint commitment to bringing the best and most up-to-date research discoveries to the Australian community.
The University of Melbourne will receive over $415,920 to assess suicides in public places that have become known as ‘suicide hotspots’. The research will provide practical guidance on how best to prevent suicides and save lives at these sites.
Suicides are traumatic for those who live or work at these sites, and can create a devastating ripple effect that flows through families, friendship groups, schools, workplaces and communities. Almost a third of all suicides occur in locations that are or may become hotspots, and there may be as many as 120 hotspots in Australia.
The research team will collaborate with five Partner Organisations that fund, deliver, advise on and advocate for interventions to prevent suicides in public places.
The University of Newcastle will receive $734,163 to improve antenatal care to prevent excess weight gain.
Weight gain outside recommended levels during pregnancy contributes to a range of adverse outcomes for the mother and child, including gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, preterm birth and obesity.
Despite guidelines recommending routine weighing and weight gain care being provided by antenatal services, 50-70% of women gain weight outside recommended levels during pregnancy.
The University of Sydney will receive $1,108,389 to develop the Get Health Coaching Service to reduce the burden of low back pain.
Australia spends $9 billion annually on low back pain management. The proposed approach aims to improve health services and processes in low back pain management, at low cost, and be readily implementable across Local Health Districts in NSW.
These grants will support our health and medical research workforce, providing opportunities for more health advances and for direct impact on Australians’ quality of life.
A list of recipients can be found on NHMRC’s Partnership Projects web page and in the table below.
|Chief Investigator Name
|CIA – Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira
CIB – Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira
CIC – Professor Adrian Bauman
CID – Professor Paul Hodges
CIE – Professor Chris Maher
CIF – Doctor Milena Simic
CIG – Associate Professor Rachael Morton
CIH – Professor Chris Lonsdale
CII – Mr Qiang Li
CIJ – Associate Professor Melissa Baysari
|The Get Healthy Coaching Service to reduce the burden of low back pain: effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and scalability.
|University of Sydney
|CIA – Professor John Wiggers
CIB – Doctor Melanie Kingsland
CIC – Professor Karen Campbell
CID – Professor Craig Pennell
CIE – Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden
CIF – Professor Chris Rissel
CIG – Professor John Attia
CIH – Professor Maralyn Foureur
CII – Professor Francesco Paolucci
CIJ – Doctor Jenna Hollis
|A practice change intervention to increase the routine provision of care addressing gestational weight gain: a stepped-wedge trial.
|University of Newcastle
|CIA – Doctor Nicole Nathan
CIB – Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden
CIC – Professor John Wiggers
CID – Professor Adrian Bauman
CIE – Professor Chris Rissel
CIF – Professor Patti-Jean (PJ) Naylor
CIG – Doctor Rachel Sutherland
|A randomised trial of an intervention to sustain schools’ implementation of a state-wide physical activity policy.
|University of Newcastle
|CIA – Professor Danielle Mazza
CIB – Doctor Wendy Norman
CIC – Associate Professor Kirsten Black
CID – Professor Angela Taft
CIE – Professor Deborah Bateson
CIF – Associate Professor Kevin McGeechan
|The AusCAPPS Network: A community of practice to support the provision of long acting reversible contraception and medical termination of pregnancy in primary care.
|CIA – Professor Jane Pirkis
CIB – Associate Professor Jo Robinson
CIC – Associate Professor Matthew Spittal
CID – Doctor Lay San Too
CIE – Doctor Dianne Currier
CIF – Professor Byron Keating
CIG – Doctor Mark Larsen
|Preventing suicide in public places.
|University of Melbourne
|CIA – Associate Professor Gary Sacks
CIB – Associate Professor Adrian Cameron
CIC – Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu
CID – Professor Bruce Neal
CIE – Doctor Kathryn Backholer
CIF – Professor Anna Peeters
CIG – Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan
|Supporting food companies to implement policies for improving population nutrition.