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    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    Funding promise boosts Tropical Health & Medicine

    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    Funding promise boosts Tropical Health & Medicine

    Science Minister Ian Walker has congratulated the Coalition on its $42 million commitment to the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine.

    Mr Walker said the funding matched the Newman Government’s investment, enabling the expansion and consolidation of planned activities in Townsville, Cairns and the Torres Strait.

    “Tony Abbott and his team also recognise the crucial importance of the work being done in the area of tropical health and medicine,” Mr Walker said.

    The federal funding will go to Tropical Health Research and Training facilities at James Cook University in Townsville, Cairns and the Torres Strait ($25.5 million).

    It will include research and training in virology, disease and vector control, and development of new treatments and vaccines for tropical diseases, complementing Queensland Government funding in all locations.

    $10 million funding will go to a Translational Research Centre, also at JCU in Townsville.

    It will include research and training facilities and expertise to support clinical trials, tele-health and translational research and training to support world-class contributions in infectious and chronic diseases.

    An Occupational Health Research Centre in Mackay ($1.5 million) will conduct research to investigate, develop and test strategies to reduce the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness in key regional industries.

    And $5 million worth of funding will go towards network and general operating activities including linking with medical researchers and health workers throughout Australia, focusing on the key health problems of tropical Australia.

    “This is a great announcement and a great investment, not only for North Queensland but for the entire State,” Mr Walker said.

    “Sadly this type of funding has been ignored by federal and state Labor for too long.

    “We’re setting about making it right and it’s exciting to see the same vision by the federal Coalition as well.”

    [ENDS] 22 August 2013
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