Plibersek’s $13.5m boost for primary care research

The announcement today at the Primary Health Care Research Conference in Sydney includes $2.5 million towards a new research organisation that will see local researchers partnering with colleagues in Canada.

Ms Plibersek said it would be Australia's first international primary healthcare research organisation to focus on studying ways to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

“This is a natural partnership given the similarities between our two countries economically, demographically, and in terms of health challenges like chronic disease and ageing populations,” Ms Plibersek told the conference.

“The new research will focus on priority areas including chronic disease prevention and management, and improving access to community based primary healthcare for vulnerable populations.”

The remaining $11 million will be administered via the NHMRC for research into e-health, primary care capacity and