World-leading Western Australian health research is the latest beneficiary of a Lotterywest grant, after a record year of Lotterywest sales saw more than $281.41 million returned to the community.
Announcing a $3.2 million grant to the Western Australian Health Translation Network today, Health Minister John Day said the WA community continued to be the big winner from Lotterywest.
"Thanks to the great popularity of Lotterywest games, the nation's only State-run Lottery channels significant support into organisations making a difference across our community," Mr Day said.
"We're fortunate that Lotterywest still operates for its original purpose, to build a better WA by returning the money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games back to the community through Lotterywest grants," the Minister said.
"Lotterywest is the only lottery in Australia to have this direct community contribution model and is one of few in the world."
Part of the $3.2 million grant will support the establishment of the world-first Consumer Health Advocacy Network in WA, an important innovation within the WA Health Translation Network.
"The network brings together the State's universities, hospitals and medical research institutes through a collaborative, people-focused approach," Mr Day said
"This new initiative will see health consumers invited and encouraged to play a direct role in the future direction of health research through boards, advisory groups, feedback channels and forums."
While announcing the grant today, the Minister met Danneal Jez and her six-year-old daughter, Aralie, who suffers from the rare genetic disorder, Angelman syndrome.
"Research co-ordinated through the Health Translation Network aims to help people like the Jez family," Mr Day said.
"The network will give a greater voice for the community, helping guide research that will benefit all West Australians."
Last financial year, Lotterywest gave 963 direct grants totalling $118.84 million to 814 not-for-profit organisations and local government associations, with a statutory allocation of $162.57 million provided to hospitals, sports and the arts
WA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community
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