12 December 2016An academic health science group focusing on translating research into better patient care has been given a funding boost. Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners (BDHP) has received $200,000 from the Department of Health to support the translation of health research for Queensland. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the funding showed the commitment of both the Palaszczuk Government and the Department of Health to pursue innovation. “As part of our vision and 10-year strategy, My health, Queensland’s future: Advancing health 2026, we have made the commitment to capitalise on the potential of health technology,” he said. “BDHP are doing just that with initiatives to integrate research with education and clinical practice. “I applaud them on their work to date and their achievements in building a strong Academic Health Science System.” BDHP General Manager Areti Gavrilidis welcomed the funding injection, which she said would support translational research in seven key areas of health. “The Department of Health funding will help us find solutions to health issues affecting many thousands of Queenslanders,” Ms Gavrilidis said. “BDHP is a unique partnership in Queensland between the state’s leading educators, researchers and clinicians and our aim is to deliver better healthcare options. “Our focus is on bringing innovative research from the laboratory to patients as efficiently and effectively as possible.” Mr Dick said $200,000 funding would enable BDHP to develop a number of strategies to strengthen collaborative outcomes. This includes preparing an application to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to be designated as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. The funding would support strategic seminars, conferences and meetings that will lead to experts sharing knowledge and working collaboratively on topics such as cancer, trauma and mental health. Other planned projects included ground-breaking research on early psychosis and the impact of trauma injuries, such as falls and bike accidents, on patient health. “The Department of Health shares BDHP’s aspiration to improve health outcomes for Queenslanders and we are looking forward to supporting collaborative research across Queensland that achieves this,” Mr Dick said.
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