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NHMRC / RACP collaborate to support young researchers

Summary media release information
Date: 
01 May 2013
Type: 
NHMRC Media Release
Contact for further information: 
NHMRC Media Team: 0422 008 512

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has worked to build a healthy Australia through fostering health and medical research since its inception in 1936. NHMRC funded discoveries and advancements in health and medicine have helped make our population healthier and reduce disease and suffering.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is also committed to developing vital research in health and social policies which deliver improvements to the wellbeing of patients. The RACP trains, educates and advocates on behalf of 15,300 physicians – often referred to as medical specialists – and 6000 trainees across Australia and New Zealand.

The NHMRC and the RACP today signed a MoU that will support the top young clinical researchers with an Award for Excellence, as part of a shared commitment to nurture the next generation of medical researchers.

Each recipient will receive $10,000 per annum from the RACP Foundation, in addition to their NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, for up to three years.

“NHMRC’s Postgraduate Scholarships scheme supports outstanding Australian health and medical graduates early in their career so that they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and to develop a capacity for original independent research,” NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said.

“This award represents the commitment the RACP and the NHMRC share in supporting the healthcare professionals of the future. Both organisations enjoy a rich history of donating vital funds to exceptional physicians for innovative medical research, work that is key to addressing challenges facing the healthcare landscape,” RACP President Associate Professor Leslie E Bolitho AM said.

The RACP Award for Excellence grant will be allocated to medical and dental sub-categories including:

  • Recent Medical Graduate
  • Medical Graduate with Further Clinical Training
  • Part-time Recent Medical Graduates
  • Part-time Medical Graduate with Further Clinical Training.

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NHMRC partnerships:

Along with the RACP partnership, NHMRC has developed post graduate funding partnerships with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Heart Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia and the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia.

About the RACP

The RACP trains, educates and advocates on behalf of 15,300 physicians – often referred to as medical specialists – and 6000 trainees across Australia and New Zealand. The College represents more than 41 medical specialties including paediatrics & child health, cardiology, respiratory medicine, neurology, oncology and public health medicine, occupational & environmental medicine, palliative medicine, sexual health medicine, rehabilitation medicine and addiction medicine. Beyond the drive for medical excellence, the RACP is committed to developing health and social policies which bring vital improvements to the wellbeing of patients. 

Media contacts:

NHMRC Media Team: David Cooper, 0422 008 512
RACP Media Team: Kate White, 0408 639 697

Page reviewed: 1 May, 2013