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The Federal Government will invest more than $6 million into medical research projects in the Hunter and Northern NSW region, aimed at improving healthcare options for patients.
NSW Regional Health Partners, which aligns clinicians and researchers across the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast districts, will receive $6.1 million over three years from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
The Hunter has an excellent track record in medical research.
This funding aims to translate medical research into real health outcomes for patients by research and healthcare strategies being integrated through clinicians and the local community.
For example new research will include investigating best practice models for telehealth and aged care and changing community behaviour through healthy weight strategies.
NSW Regional Health Partners is one of two Centres for Innovation in Regional Health working to transform the health and wellbeing of residents of regional, rural and remote NSW.
The Centre consists of eight partners including the Hunter New England, Mid North Coast and Central Coast Health Districts, the University of Newcastle and University of New England, the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, the Hunter Institute of Medical Research and the Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital.