Hearts, minds and everything in between – New Centres of Research Excellence

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Summary media release information

19 October 2010
Ministerial Media Release
Contact for further information: 
Carolyn Norrie, NHMRC 0422 008 512 or 02 6217 9342
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today announced 11 further Centres of Research Excellence, following on from initial announcements in July and August 2010.

The Centres of Research Excellence scheme, funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research.

The Centres will receive $27 million over 5 years.

“Medical research and ensuring that this research is incorporated into health care is one of the keys to improving the health of all Australians” Mr Butler said.

“These new centres will use funding of up to $2.5 million to bring together prominent researchers in a variety of fields to tackle a range of health issues, including cardiology, neuroscience and nursing care.

“Hospital care can cause inadvertent problems for the whole body, when patients develop complications related to poor pain and anxiety management, as well as skin problems.

“One of the centres, Griffith University's Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients, will trial different treatments, and examine existing research, to find the best ways to prevent these problems arising in Australia’s ageing hospital population.”

Eleven Centres of Research Excellence will benefit from the funding, with research in each area to begin immediately.

A list of the NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence is attached.

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence 2010


Administering Institution


Centre for Training in Translational Cardiology

Baker IDI


Centre for Research Excellence in Critical Infectious Diseases

University of Sydney


NHMRC Asia Pacific Centre for Innovative Dengue Prevention

University of Queensland


Centre for Translational Neuroscience: A modular platform for translating discovery into health outcomes

University of Melbourne


Centre for Research Excellence in Sun and Health

Queensland University of Technology


Reducing the health, social and economic burden of injecting drug use in Australia

Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health


Population health at the clinical interface: pregnancy and childbirth

University of Sydney


Improving quality and safety of health care delivery at the interface between the primary and acute care sectors

University of Queensland


Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients

Griffith University


Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research (CIPHER)

University of Western Sydney


Centre of Research Excellence in Women's Health in the 21st Century

University of Queensland


NHMRC media contact:

Carolyn Norrie, NHMRC

0422 008 512 or 02 6217 9342

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence - announced in August/September 2010


Administering Institution


From Marginalised to Empowered: Transformative Methods for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

University of Western Australia

$ 2,500,000

National Centre for Asbestos Related


University of Western Australia

$ 4,500,000

National Centre of Research Excellence to Improve Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease

James Cook University

$ 2,499,250

The centre for research in childhood early respiratory disease

University of Western Australia

$ 2,495,250