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Honour for tropical health researcher reflects value of “hot north” funding

25 October 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Barnaby Joyce has congratulated a Darwin-based medical researcher who has won a prestigious science award.

Menzies School of Health Research clinical research fellow Matthew Grigg has been named the 2017 NT Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year and Minister Joyce said this honour reflected the important work being carried out at Menzies.

“Dr Grigg is studying malaria as part of Menzies’ research into health issues in Northern Australia and in other tropical regions and his award highlights that the work being done there is internationally significant,” Minister Joyce said.

“The prestigious Young Tall Poppy Awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science.

“In addition to studying malaria at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Dr Grigg and his team are also studying this infectious disease overseas, including at their main field site in Sabah, Malaysia.”

Minister Joyce said Dr Grigg was continuing his research under Menzies’ HOT NORTH – Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North – multi-disciplinary collaboration.

“Currently, the Coalition Government is investing $20.3 million in enhancing Australia’s tropical medicine expertise, with $6.8 million dedicated to helping transform northern Australia into a centre of excellence for tropical disease research through the HOT NORTH program led by the Menzies School of Health Research,” Minister Joyce said.

“This will benefit communities not only in Northern Australia but also throughout other tropical regions, which now account for 40 per cent of the global population.”

Media Contact: Minister Joyce's office (02) 6277 7520