Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Partnership grants triumph for WA health researchers

    11/06/2018 4:30 PM
    • Researchers attract almost $4 million to the health and medical research sector in Western Australia
    • Money will benefit a diverse range of research activities 

    Health Minister Roger Cook has praised the recent success of seven leading Western Australian health researchers in attracting outside investment to the State's health and medical research sector.


    The researchers attracted close to $4 million to WA, after each being guaranteed a commitment of up to $250,000 from the State Government for any research funding they were able to secure from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) or other research funding body of a similar standing.


    The guarantees were made under the Major Research Grant scheme, an initiative of the Department of Health that was designed to address research priorities of the WA health system and boost the State's medical research sector.


    The Major Research Grant scheme was designed to support partnership projects:

    • Where the bulk of work would be undertaken in WA;
    • Research addressed a significant health issue in WA; and
    • From which findings could be translated into measurable benefits for the WA health system. 

    Of 11 researchers offered partnership funding under the initiative, seven were awarded outside grant money in 2017 and 2018 - one from Horizon 2020 (a program of the European Commission) and six from the NHMRC Partnership Projects for Better Health program.


    Over the four years preceding the initiative, WA received only three partnership grants.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "These researchers are to be congratulated on their outstanding success which has helped turn around WA's NHMRC fortunes and improved our partnership funding success rate five-fold.


    "These results highlight the enormous value of investing in research. They show how from a combined contribution of $1.25 million in Department of Health grants, our researchers have been able to attract to Western Australia almost $4 million in additional funding - in particular to research that will directly benefit our community.


    "Such an achievement strengthens our resolve to provide ongoing security to the sector through the establishment of a Future Health Research and Innovation Fund (FHRIF).


    "Through the FHRIF, WA health and medical research will benefit from a guaranteed $35 million per annum - some of which will be used to leverage additional research money to WA."


    The successful researchers were:


    Chief Investigator Project titleAdministering institution
    Professor Elizabeth ArmstrongEnhancing rehabilitation services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injuryEdith Cowan University
    Professor David AtkinsonImproving mental health screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women and mothers of young childrenUniversity of Western Australia
    Professor David MackeyTargeting at-risk relatives of glaucoma patients for early diagnosis and treatment (TARRGET)University of Western Australia
    Professor Tom BrettAn intervention to improve the detection and management of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in primary careUniversity of Notre Dame Australia
    Professor John NewnhamAn Australian multi-state partnership to prevent preterm birthUniversity of Western Australia

    A/Professor Rae-Chi Huang

    Early-life stressors and LifeCycle health (LIFECYCLE)

    Telethon Kids Institute/University of Western Australia

    *Dr Peter ArrowMinimally invasive dentistry based on the atraumatic restorative treatment approach to manage early childhood caries in rural and remote Aboriginal communitiesUniversity of Western Australia


    *Dr Arrow declined his partnership award due to being offered a NHMRC project grant.


    Minister's office - 6552 6500