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Research to empower health decisions of Australians

13 April 2018

Joint media release with Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja.

The Turnbull Government is encouraging Australians to make more informed decisions about their health care through digital technologies.

We are committing additional funding to the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program to support industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community.

The Digital Health CRC is seeking to improve health outcomes for Australians through the use of digital technologies which can improve access to the right health care, lower costs and increase understanding and awareness.

The CRC is also examining better ways to share information on adverse reactions and developing better decision support apps.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash said the CRC will assemble partners from across Australia’s health and wellness landscape.

"The Digital Health CRC brings together industry and research partners to advance our health and medical technologies, and pharmaceutical industries, in a collaborative and multidisciplinary way," Minister Cash said.

"The Digital Health CRC aims to help people make positive informed choices about their health and wellbeing, and maintain a healthy lifestyle."

"The CRC will address industry issues by supporting clinical practice, improving access to quality care, fostering high value jobs and developing Australia's future digital Health workforce," Minister Cash said.

Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Zed Seselja said the CRC Program was helping to improve the effectiveness of Australia’s research effort by bringing together researchers in the public and private sectors with the end users.

"CRCs link researchers with industry and government with a focus towards research application. This is why the CRC Program continues to be at the forefront of the Coalition Government’s commitment to improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries," Assistant Minister Seselja said.

Applications for the 20th CRC selection round are expected to open in May 2018.

Media contacts:
Minister Cash's office 6277 7320
Minister Seselja's office 6277 3187