Macquarie achieves outstanding NHMRC funding success


Left to right: Professor Enrico Coiera, Professor Johanna Westbrook and Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

Macquarie University has been awarded more than $12 million in grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), announced in the latest grant application funding round. 

Among the grants is funding — including funding from partners — for a $10.7 million Partnership Centre on health system sustainability awarded to Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, along with Professor Enrico Coiera and Professor Johanna Westbrook.

“This grant brings together researchers, policymakers, managers, clinicians and patients in a concerted effort to improve the way we deliver care to our citizens. It is one of the most important challenges we face in the 21st century. An effective and efficient health system is the hallmark of a caring, functioning society,” said Professor Braithwaite.

The grants also comprise Macquarie’s first ever Career Development Fellowship (CDF), awarded to chief investigator Dr Blake Dear from the Department of Psychology, to improve access to psychological treatment and the mental health of Australians with chronic physical disease.

Macquarie was also awarded two Early Career Fellowships, an application success rate of 40 per cent, which is double the national success rate for these grants.

Funding amounting to more than $5.7 million for nine Project Grants was also announced.

Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), said the funding will assist in continuing Macquarie’s commitment to conducting health and health system sustainability research with world-changing impact.

“Our overwhelming success in NHMRC’s recent funding round is indicative of the calibre and promise of Macquarie’s research. It speaks to the talent of our academics and to the strong research and development strategies that are helping us to achieve such goals.”

For the full list of grants, see the NHMRC website.





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