12 November 2021

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $5.5 million to fund five research projects through the NHMRC Partnership Project scheme.

An additional $8.2 million has been committed by funding partners.

Partnership Projects create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. 

The research projects aim to answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services. 

The funding announced today includes two projects in the Northern Territory aimed at better health outcomes.

At Charles Darwin University, the partnership-based research project To Be Born Upon a Pandanus Mat (Yothuw gayatha dhäwal’ guyaŋa’nharaw) is led by Professor Yvette Roe, a proud Njikena Jawuru woman, and Professor Sue Kildea, Co-Directors of the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre.

The project will receive nearly $1.5 million and will follow women’s law to incorporate the skills and knowledge of the djäkamirr (Yolŋu doula) to enhance the delivery of clinically and culturally safe healthcare in line with Yolŋu priorities. Yolŋu and western knowledge systems will be integrated to support birthing on country alongside health service interventions to reduce the risks of pre-term birth. This will see Yolŋu mothers and babies living in Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island and Arnhem Land, thrive and flourish.

Professor Anna Ralph at Menzies School of Health Research will lead a project partnership across the Top End to improve Aboriginal patients’ experience and outcomes of healthcare.

The project will receive $1.5 million to support The Communicate Study partnership to ensure that more Aboriginal patients receive culturally safe healthcare provided in their first language. The program implements and evaluates creative ways to embed culturally safe practice including Aboriginal interpreters and health practitioners in healthcare delivery. 

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said Partnership Project funding provides a unique opportunity for researchers, policy makers, clinicians and communities to work together.

“The collaborative nature of these projects and the close involvement of the partners create the pathway for the research to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation and accessibility of health services,” Professor Kelso said.

The projects funded are:

Chief Investigator Application Title Administering Institution Budget $
Professor Anna Ralph The Communicate Study: partnership across the Top End to improve Aboriginal patients’ experience and outcomes of healthcare. Menzies School of Health Research 1,499,896
Professor Yvette Roe To Be Born Upon a Pandanus Mat (Yothuw gayatha dhäwal’ guyaŋa’nharaw). Charles Darwin University 1,497,855
Professor Sharon Goldfeld Development and evaluation of a Child and Family eHub to improve access, engagement and use of the existing community, social and mental health services system. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute 429,262
Professor David Lubans Optimising the implementation of an evidence-based school program to engage adolescents in muscle-strengthening activities consistent with national guidelines. University of Newcastle 709,054
Professor Catherine Sherrington Promotion of evidence-based physical activity for older adults and people with disabilities by health professionals. University of Sydney 1,440,374
    Total 5,576,442


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