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Funding boost to translate research to better health outcomes.

Funding boost to translate research to better health outcomes

July 2018

Funding boost to translate research to better health outcomes.

Funding boost to translate research to better health outcomes.

A medical research partnership which includes Sydney Local Health District has been given more than $6 million to further the translation of medical research into better health outcomes.

Sydney Health Partners will use the funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to fast-track research findings into hospitals and health services under the Rapid Applied Research Translation Program.

Announcing the funding at The George Institute for Health, Federal Health Minister The Hon. Greg Hunt MP said it would give world-class researchers the opportunity to undertake further innovative projects to improve the lives of patients.

The Sydney Health Partners network includes researchers across Sydney Local Health District as well as The Children's Hospital at WestmeadUniversity of SydneyThe George Institute for Global HealthChris O'Brien LifehouseWoolcock Institute of Medical Research and Centenary Institute. It also comprises Northern Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney Local Health District.

Through its members, Sydney Health Partners serves 2.7 million people, or more than 10 per cent of the Australian population.

“This funding will assist Sydney Health Partners to remove or reduce the barriers to the efficient and effective translation of medical research into clinical practice,” said Sydney Health Partners Executive Director, Professor Garry Jennings.

“By doing so we aim to deliver the benefits of health research and innovation to our patients and communities faster and more consistently.”

Research currently funded by Sydney Health Partners includes a project by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Professor Geoff McCaughan to improve the hepatitis C cure rate in marginalised communities.

Another project involving the District, led by Professor Tim Shaw, is trialling the use of data from electronic health records to improve cancer care provided by teams and individuals.

The new funding follows an initial $2.25 million from the Medical Research Future Fund received by Sydney Health Partners in 2017. This funding was used to support 14 research projects across the Partnership as well as national Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTC) alliance projects.

“The Rapid Applied Research Translation projects we have funded to date were chosen because they showed strong prospects of improving clinical outcomes and could be readily translated into clinical practice,” said Professor Jennings.

Sydney Health Partners is one of four inaugural AHRTCs accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council in 2015.

In addition to funding research, SHP has commenced several capacity-building projects to enhance research translation across the Partnership:

  • Encouraging the use of implementation science to manage clinical process change in the health system.
  • Enabling the sharing of data across the state and national health systems.
  • Facilitating the involvement of consumers and the community in research and health system development.
  • Supporting improvements in clinical trials capacity and recruitment.

Applications for the next round of Rapid Applied Research Translation grants will open on July 6.

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