Health research on the money

Another day, another funding announcement by Health Minister Greg Hunt

Mr Hunt has a bunch of research cash to distribute and he makes the most of the political advantage it ensures by announcing grants great and small.  Today’s is ten worth $11.7m and shared by six universities, from the Medical Research Future Fund’s, admirably well-defined Keeping Australians out of Hospital programme.

Uni Melbourne has three, QUT and La Trobe U two each and UTS, Baker HDI and Macquarie U all have one.

CMM’s fave is $1.5m for Macquarie U to use “insights” and data from NSW multi-agency projects to work out ways to keep people out of hospital. It’s not much money, by medical research standards, but in presenting the government as across health it is worth its weight in hip replacements.


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