$3Million in NHMRC grants help to establish a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research team at the Southgate Institute

L – R: Prof Fran Baum, Dr Tamara MacKean and Dr Toby Freeman

The Southgate Institute has had a very successful outcome from the National Health and Medical Research Council project grant round for projects starting in 2018.

Dr. Tamara Mackean was the lead Chief Investigator for the four year, $1.57million grant ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers’ and Liaison Officers’ role in quality acute health care services’. Prof. Fran Baum, Prof. Eileen Willis, A/Prof. Kerry Taylor, and Dr. Annabelle Wilson from Flinders University were also Chief Investigators.

Director Prof. Fran Baum was the lead Chief Investigator A on the $1.45 million grant ‘Decolonising practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care’, with Dr. Toby Freeman, Dr. Tamara Mackean, and Associate Professor Anna Ziersch as core research personnel on the project.

In addition, Dr. Tamara Mackean and Courtney Ryder were chief investigators on a successful grant led by frequent collaborators the George Institute, on ‘Preventing falls in older Aboriginal people: The Ironbark trial’.

The grants will support existing and new Southgate Institute researchers to examine primary health care and acute care innovations to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing outcomes. Further information will be available once the projects are underway in 2018.

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