Health of NSW regional and rural communities at centre of new investment

Patients in regional and rural Australia will benefit from better healthcare and integrated health systems, following the announcement today of $6.1 million funding for the NSW Regional Health Partners from the Medical Research Future Fund.

Federal Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, today announced the investment for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) accredited Centre for Innovation in Regional Health.

NSW Regional Health Partners was one of two Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) announced in 2017. The aim of CIRHs is to encourage leadership in health research and translation of knowledge based on sound evidence and direct relevance and benefit to regional and rural areas of Australia.

Michael DiRienzo, Chief Executive of Hunter New England Health and Chair of NSW Regional Health Partners, said the new funding will be enable the Centre to deliver innovative programs that address key community and clinical needs across regional and remote health services.

“We thank Minister Hunt for recognising our capability to deliver innovative research that addresses the unique challenges that face health service providers and researchers in regional, rural and remote Australia,” Mr DiRienzo said.

“Across our multidisciplinary, healthcare focussed partnership, we are integrating biomedical and clinical research, population health prevention strategies and integrated healthcare provision across the community spectrum.”

“This investment will now allow us to make an even bigger impact on the health of regional communities across NSW.”

NSW Regional Health Partners aligns clinicians and researchers across the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast districts of NSW Health and collaborations with partners from the Calvary Mater, Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, the Hunter Medical Research Institute and the Universities of Newcastle and New England to implement translational research for the benefit of rural and regional communities. An initial joint program currently underway is focused on a healthy weight strategy for our communities.

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To see more information about the funding announcement see the Newcastle Herald .

View the Hon. Minister Hunt’s media release in full here.

National Close the Gap Day

The New South Wales Regional Health Partners acknowledge that today is National Close the Gap day. March 15th is a reminder that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are dying 10 -17 years younger than other Australians. Today we will reflect on these statistics and consider how we can contribute towards closing the gap. More importantly today we will listen by attending a forum where Aboriginal people and health care professionals will share their knowledge.

NSW Regional Health Partners are proud to be involved in a national project led by Aboriginal and Torres Islander people. This project recognises the importance of providing appropriate health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, having appropriate health messaging and building the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.

Click here for more information about National Close the Gap Day.


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