2015/16 Major Research Grant Support Round 1 recipients

The Major Research Grant Support (MRGS) scheme was made possible by the FutureHealth WA initiative. Through this scheme the Department of Health was able to offer a competitive process by which it could strategically partner with and provide a commitment to fund projects that showed high potential for winning a major external research grant and importantly, provide significant health benefits to the WA public health system and community.

Applications were reviewed by a panel comprising the Chief Medical Officer, Director of the WA Health Translation Network, past National Health and Medical Research Council partnership review panel members and WA Health representatives. Those selected went onto submit an application to a major grant provider. Major grants were won by 5 projects, 4 of which are targeted at addressing issues affecting rural and remote Aboriginal people in WA.

The successful applicants and their project titles are listed below, together with the organisation with which the Chief Investigator is associated.

Chief Investigator Institution Project title  
Dr Peter Arrow University of Western Australia Minimally Invasive Dentistry based on the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment Approach to manage early childhood caries in rural and remote Aboriginal Communities NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Projects
Professor Elizabeth Armstrong Edith Cowan University Enhancing rehabilitation services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Projects
Professor David Atkinson University of Western Australia Improving mental health screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women and mothers of young children NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Projects
A/Professor Rae-Chi Huang University of Western Australia LIFECYCLE European Commission Horizon 2020 scheme
Professor David Mackey &University of Western Australia Targeting at risk relatives of glaucoma patients for early diagnosis and treatment (TARRGET) NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Projects

More information

Find out more about the Major Research Grant Support scheme.