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Major boost for medical research among First Nations Australians


Indigenous health research has been given a major boost with the Australian Government committing over $11.2 million for medical researchers to tackle health disparities and develop solutions for First Nations Australians.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is supporting 11 new projects around Indigenous health research including dental care, mental health, diabetes and kidney disease.

Projects will engage with First Nations communities and most studies will be led by prominent First Nations health researchers together with leading universities and research institutes.

The Australian Government is boosting support for medical researchers across the country to drive modern and lasting solutions in bush communities, towns and the city.

Under one of the projects, new research will trial a less invasive way to prevent dental disease and improve the oral health of young people in First Nations communities who experience profound levels of preventable dental diseases.

The use of antibiotic liquid silver fluroride (AgF) could be a game-changer in reducing tooth decay in children without the use of needles or drills.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide will receive $3.2 million from the Australian Government to evaluate the extent of dental disease among First Nations children and the clinical and cost-effectiveness of using AgF to improve the oral health of children.  

Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health Hon Malarndirri McCarthy said, “The Australian Government will work every day to close the profound gap that exists for First Nations Australians and these research projects will be critical in discovering solutions to pressing health issues.”

“Investing in Indigenous health research will go a long way in ensuring First Nations Australians can live longer, healthier and happier lives.”

“The Government’s investment of over $11.2 million into innovative research is a great addition to our ambitious First Nations health agenda.”

“Dental disease is a significant problem in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, causing pain, ongoing health problems, and taking a toll on the quality of life of young people.

“Finding better ways to prevent tooth decay without needles or drills will make a lifelong difference, especially for those who fear the dentist,” McCarthy said.

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Ritchelle is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel, Australia’s premier resource of information for healthcare.


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