8 October 2020

The Australian Government is providing more than $20 million for research partnerships that lead to improved health outcomes and preventative measures for conditions such as coronary heart disease, severe depression and gestational diabetes, announced in the 2020-21 Budget.

The latest round of funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Partnership Project scheme will support 22 research initiatives. These grants will provide Australia’s health and medical research workforce with new opportunities to make advances in health policy and practice.

This financial contribution by Government will be boosted by more than $30 million from partner organisations including frontline health services, consumer groups, non-government organisations and charities, to support research to improve the delivery, organisation, funding and access to services and programs that affect the health of Australians. 

“We’re very grateful for the strong participation of partner organisations which more than doubles the value of this scheme,” NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said. “Their commitment is evidence of the success of this scheme in creating partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers and will ensure the translation of research outcomes into policy and practice.”

With one Australian suffering a heart attack every 10 minutes, almost $1.8 million is allocated for research to improve diagnosis of coronary heart disease and lead to better prevention and treatment. Flinders University and Queensland University of Technology will be funded to research strategies for the emergency management of suspected cardiac chest pain.

It is estimated that 20 per cent of Australians experience a common mental health disorder during a 12-month period, and that almost half the adult population will experience a mental disorder at some time in their life. University of New South Wales will establish a five-year Australasian Partnership for Improving Outcomes in Severe Depression. The research team led by Professor Colleen Loo will partner with clinical service providers and state government to examine how proven treatments are used in real-world practice, and how this can be improved. 

Other funded research projects will contribute to:

  • improved diagnosis and treatment of patients with mitochondrial disease
  • targeted interventions to stop the spread of Buruli ulcer
  • the development of an electronic patient-centred health care system that collects monitoring data from people with multiple sclerosis.

NHMRC invests in the highest quality health and medical research and the best researchers. NHMRC also supports the translation of scientific discoveries to benefit communities in Australia and around the world.

For more details on the scheme: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/partnership-projects

Chief Investigator

Grant Title

Administering Institution


Professor Carolyn Sue



Delivering precision diagnosis to patients with mitochondrial disease: Using digital technologies to enhance the delivery pathway to provide an accurate genetic diagnosis for patients with mitochondrial disease.

University of Sydney


Associate Professor Megan Passey


Midwives and Obstetricians Helping Mothers to Quit - the MOHMQuit trial.

University of Sydney


Professor Helena Teede



GooD4Mum: A randomised controlled implementation trial to reduce conversion from gestational diabetes to type 2 diabetes using follow-up in general practice.

Monash University


Professor David Copland


Implementation of Comprehensive High-dose Aphasia Treatment (CHAT).

University of Queensland


Doctor Natasha Brusco


Improving Rehabilitation Outcomes through Self-Management: My Therapy.

Monash University


Professor Derek Chew



Optimizing evidence translation in the high-risk time-critical environment of the emergency management for suspected cardiac chest pain (RAPIDx).

Flinders University


Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw


Unifying and quality assuring disparate health silos with a common data model.

University of New South Wales


Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei


InforMS – an electronic patient-driven health care model with digital biomarker monitoring that improves the clinical care of people with MS.

University of Tasmania


Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher


The impact of individualised care plans for elderly patients discharged home from hospital after neck of femur fracture: A randomised controlled trial.

University of Newcastle


Associate Professor Jaimi Greenslade



The Limit of Detection in the Emergency Department Trial: A stepped-wedge cluster randomised trial for rapid assessment of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome in the Emergency Department.

Queensland University of Technology


Professor Kay Crossley


Making football safe for women: implementing an injury prevention program.

La Trobe University


Professor Andrew Lloyd


National prisons hepatitis C education: improving health literacy to enhance treatment uptake.

University of New South Wales


Professor Colleen Loo


Australasian Partnership for Improving Outcomes in Severe Depression.

University of New South Wales


Professor Jodie McVernon


Piloting, Implementing and Evaluating First Few Hundred Protocols in the Australian Context.

University of Melbourne


Professor Tim Stinear


Stopping Buruli ulcer in Victoria.

University of Melbourne


Professor Mark Harris


Community Health workers Extending Care in the Community.

University of New South Wales


Associate Professor Garrett Prestage


Implementing population-specific psychosocial interventions to optimise treatment, care and support among men who have sex with men who use methamphetamine.

University of New South Wales


Professor David Peiris


Development and evaluation of regional health care alliances to improve health system performance in New South Wales – Patient Centred Co-commissioning Groups.

University of New South Wales


Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun


Exposure to Trihalomethanes in pregnancy and birth outcomes in Queensland: integrated data analysis and case studies for better policy and health outcomes.

University of Queensland


Professor Helena Teede 

Advancing women in healthcare leadership.

Monash University


Professor Susan Cotton


The who, why, what, where and when of primary youth mental health care: The 5W research program.

University of Melbourne


Professor Sharon Lewin


Developing and implementing an ethical framework for HIV phylogenetic analysis in Australia.

University of Melbourne