16 September 2022

NHMRC welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of 12 Partnership Projects.

The Partnership Projects Scheme provided $14 million from NHMRC and attracted more than $25 million in additional funding from more than 60 partners, with a total of $39 million invested in collaboration between researchers, policy makers and health service providers.

The elimination of hepatitis C in Australia is closer following a $1.4 million boost to research through the scheme.

Hepatitis C is one of the major causes of liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. It can be eliminated by sustaining high rates of treatment, but Australia’s rates have stalled over recent years.

Research led by Professor Mark Stoové, head of public health at the Burnet Institute, will identify how to best follow up notifications to improve hepatitis C treatment rates.

Other partners involved in this collaboration are Hepatitis Australia, the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine and the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Other projects announced today include:

  • More than $1.2 million for researchers at Macquarie University to improve patient access to health care by addressing significant evidence gaps in the integration of virtual care into Australian healthcare facilities 
  • More than $1.3 million for researchers at the University of Melbourne to integrate an evidence-based digital platform, specifically designed to address limitations of current youth mental health services, in a large network of mental health services
  • More than $650,000 to support researchers at the University of Queensland to decrease unnecessary and potentially harmful long-term prescribing of antidepressants in general practice by developing an antidepressant discontinuation model and proven implementation strategies for urban and rural general practice
  • More than $800,000 for researchers at the University of Melbourne to trial the effects of personalised road safety feedback and incentives through a smartphone application using GPS, which could provide population-scale improvements in the skills of new drivers and a reduction in motor vehicle accidents.

Other projects funded under the scheme will help pregnant women to quit smoking improve effective treatment of children with cerebral palsy and help women experiencing debilitating menopause symptoms ultimately improving outcomes for patients and their families.

The Partnership Project scheme provides funding for researchers and partner organisations to work together to define research questions, undertake the research, and interpret and translate the findings into health policy and practice.

'NHMRC’s Partnership Projects demonstrate the power of collaboration between researchers, policy makers and health service providers to ensure the right research questions are asked and the research outcomes will be implemented into better health policy and care,' said Professor Anne Kelso AO.

Partnership Projects announced today are:

Chief Investigator  Title Administering institution Budget
Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez Digitally Enhancing Youth Mental Health Services across Australia: cluster RCT of an Adaptive, TaiLored, and behAvioural Science-informed (ATLAS) Implementation Strategy University of Melbourne $1,306,239 
Professor Iona Novak TRANSMIT: A multifaceted knowledge TRANslation Strategy iMprovIng funcTion in children and youth with cerebral palsy University of Sydney $1,420,252 
Doctor Judith Munday The PeriWarm Trial: Transforming perioperative temperature management for better patient outcomes Queensland University of Technology $1,145,484 
Professor Robyn Richmond BUBs Quit study: Clinical Midwife Specialist to assist pregnant women to quit smoking using counselling and embedded technology University of New South Wales $1,245,562 
Doctor Miranda Blake Promoting CHANGE (Community Health And Nutrition, and Government Engagement): a Randomised Controlled Trial to accelerate healthy food retail in local government settings Deakin University $1,169,876 
Professor Mark Stoove Optimising public health notification systems to achieve hepatitis C elimination in Australia Burnet Institute $1,383,550 
Doctor Aswin Ratheesh Bipolar Early intervention using New Digital technologies: a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of a multi-component model of evidence-based care University of Melbourne $1,423,796 
Associate Professor Reema Harrison Smarter hospitals: Unlocking the promise of virtual models of care through infrastructure innovation in Australian healthcare facilities Macquarie University $1,276,987 
Professor Katharine Wallis RELEASE: REdressing Long-tErm Antidepressant uSE in general practice University of Queensland $652,770 
Professor Rachael Morton Strengthening Healthcare Systems with Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) University of Sydney $1,166,592 
Professor Susan Davis MenoPROMPT: a co-designed, comprehensive, evidence-based program to improve the care of women at and after menopause. Monash University $1,096,144 
Professor Mark Stevenson Delivering a population-based intervention to reduce young driver crashes University of Melbourne $865,506 
    TOTAL $14,152,758