$5 million grant to boost Aboriginal health and help close the gap

INDIGENOUS health research is set for a significant boost following the announcement of a $5 million federal grant to the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) at the Australian National University.

APHCRI director Bob Wells said the centre of research excellence (CRE) for Urban Aboriginal Child Health and the CRE for Prevention of Chronic Conditions in remote and rural communities would each receive $2.5 million in funding to conduct world-leading research into essential healthcare.

“The Australian government has committed to reducing Aboriginal disadvantage, including closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation and halving the gap in mortality rates for children less than five years of age within a decade,” Mr Wells said.

“Overall, 53% of the Aboriginal population of Australia lives in cities or large regional centres, and it is estimated that 60% of the health gap between Aboriginal and non