Joint Media Release - Centre for Excellence in Rural and Regional Health to be established in Burnie - Thursday, 14 June 2018

June 14, 2018
Media Releases

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Centre for Excellence in Rural and Regional Health to be established in Burnie

Northern Tasmania will become a hub for preventive health research that will keep people in regional and rural Australia healthier for longer after a landmark agreement was reached today.

The Turnbull Government will ensure the development of new groundbreaking medical research with a commitment to provide $2.4 million to the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Excellence in Rural and Regional Health in Burnie.

The funding agreement will see cutting edge research, aimed at preventing health issues in regional and remote Australia, and translating research knowledge into health care practice.

This research will change lives and save lives.

Tasmania is home to some of the best and brightest minds whose research is pioneering better health outcomes for Australians in regional and remote areas. The research at the University of Tasmania will also provide preventive health measures for residents living in regional Tasmania.

The funding will be provided through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

As one of Australia’s leading research universities, the University of Tasmania is well placed to explore a range of research projects to boost preventive health measures that will ultimately keep more Australians out of hospital.

Prevention is always better than a cure. The Turnbull Government is confident the University’s vital research will translate into improved health care for not only Tasmanians but the rest of the nation.

The Australian Government is committed to improving the health of the nation and will continue to invest in better treatment, care and research that make a difference to the lives of all Australians.

The MRFF is a $20 billion investment in the health of Australians, our economy and the sustainability of our health system.

Through the MRFF we are supporting our world-class scientists and researchers to undertake cutting-edge research that will inform better diagnosis and treatment options for Australians living with chronic and complex conditions.

The Turnbull Government is continuing to increase health funding and guaranteeing the essential services Australians rely on like Medicare.

Tasmania will receive an additional $373.6 million in hospital funding over five years from 2020 - an increase of 18 per cent on the previous five year period.

This guaranteed funding will mean more doctors, more nurses and importantly more services and support for patients in Tasmania.

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