That both the mrff and NHMRC be required to meet a target for investment in rural health research that is proportionate to the population share of the 7 million people that live in rural, regional and remote Australia.
Given the evidence demonstrating the impact of active research participation on health and wellbeing of rural Australians, we recommend:
1. Increased funding for rural research, to improve patient outcomes in regional communities.
2. Establishing and supporting academic and research... more
Government should require research funding provided through the Medical Research Future Fund Missions - already covering areas such as cancer, genomics, mental health, dementia and ageing, cardiovascular health, traumatic brain injury and Indigenous health - to include research within and upon... more
The rural health research workshop has considered the draft research priorities identified through the National Rural Alliance Alliance submission to the MRFF when they called for submissions on the priority criteria for the scheme. While broadly supporting the priorities from NRHA the delegates... more
That for a research project to be classed as “rural” at least one of the principal investigators should reside in the region, the next adjacent region or a rural or remote region similar to the proposed research. This ensures rural research capacity is developed and the community in question can... more
We need to see increased research funds for rural. The effects of drought and climate change on rural population health, is data that will inform planning, for adaptation, including provision of most appropriate infrastructure, staffing in heat waves, water quality and quantity, disaster... more
Prioritise research funding for collaborative projects between research agencies (eg universities), primary health care providers (eg NGOs) and the community. This will capture innovative, grassroots projects that meet real, local, rural health needs.
That training providers and funders are implored to run data and statistical staff development programmes in rural and remote areas. This is necessary to ensure rural people are researched with and not just about and to ensure a diversity of views in data collection, analysis, dissemination and... more