The Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre (CAAHSC) in Alice Springs will receive more than $6.1 million in funding over three years from the Medical Research Future Fund in an announcement made this month by Federal Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care, Hon Ken Wyatt. This funding will support better treatment and diagnosis of health challenges experienced by Indigenous Australians in Central Australia.
The CAAHSC, based in Alice Springs, is the first Aboriginal-led collaboration of its kind and brings together top researchers, medical experts and local communities to look at ways to improve healthcare options for the specific health challenges facing Indigenous Australians.
Partners of the CAAHSC include the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress – as well as Flinders University, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-being and the Centre for Remote Health, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Charles Darwin University, Menzies School of Health Research, Central Australia Health Service (NT Health); CRANAplus and Ngaanyatjarra Health Service.
In 2017 the Centre was recognised as a national Centre for Innovation in Regional Health by Australia’s peak funding body for medical research, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).