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// // Four rural WA research projects have won FHRI grants, with $220M more to come over the next four years...

Four rural WA clinicians received a funding boost for research projects as a part of the latest suit of WA’s Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) grant announcements.

The FHRI Fund has dedicated $10.5 million for innovative health and medical research and innovation projects in an announcement made this month.

The funding includes more than $5 million across three WA universities – Curtin, Edith Cowan and UWA – to manage 22 Clinician Researcher Training scholarships for WA clinicians.

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Four of these are WA Country Health Service (WACHS) clinicians who will focus on research projects specific to regional and remote areas.

Among the projects is an initiative to develop a culturally informed remote physiotherapy model of care for Aboriginal Women’s Pelvic Health. A Babble Boot Camp project has received funding to develop an early intervention program aimed at improving speech and language in at-risk infants via telehealth.

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Cancer survivors in the Wheatbelt will benefit from research work aimed at developing and implementing a nurse practitioner-led survivorship program in the region.

The new funding will support research into alternative virtual methods for assessing and diagnosing patients in rural and remote WA via the WACHS Command Centre.

Coinciding with the latest FHRI Fund announcement earlier this month, an open day at Geraldton Universities Centre was held, with health and medical researchers and innovators gathering.

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WA Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson said it was great to be showcasing the best health and medical researchers and innovators in WAs Mid-West.

WA is already home to some of the world’s leading researchers and innovators and over the next decade, we will see some amazing advances in home-grown research and innovation.

Minister for Science and Innovation, Stephen Dawson MLC

Almost $82 million in grants has been awarded to 429 recipients through the FHRI Fund to date.

Over the coming four years, an additional $220 million will be made available. For more information on the recent funding recipients along with the next round of new funding opportunities, visit the FHRI Fund page.


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Anneke de Boer

Anneke has an interest in the Western Australian startup community, is a contributor at Startup News and Reporter at The Property Tribune. She studies a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce, Journalism and Economics at Curtin University.
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