$630 million of government funding for health projects

Health Minister Sussan Ley announces $630 million for more than 836 projects.
Health Minister Sussan Ley announces $630 million for more than 836 projects. Chris Ison

A CURE for cancer, medication for ice addicts and obesity prevention are some health investigations that will receive funding from the Australian Government.

The government will announce $630 million of funding for health projects across Australia on Monday, with cancer to receive the most funding, $121 million.

Research into cardiovascular disease will get the second highest amount of funding, $76 million, mental health the third with $49 million and diabetes the fourth with $36 million.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said more than 2000 researchers would share the money for 836 projects including obesity prevention, cancer genomics and hereditary diseases, a new medication to help treat ice addiction, new treatment for drug-resistant depression, different treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and studying the impact shift work had on pregnancies.

Among the health experts, Queensland's Associate Professor John Miles will receive $596,000 for his work investigating how venom from irukandji and box jellyfish harms humans.

University of Queensland's Dr Enzo Porrello will receive $419,000 for research into heart regeneration.

Professor Nicholas Lintzeris from the University of Sydney will receive $1.3 million to investigate whether a new medication could be used to help treat severe ice addiction.

University of Sydney's Professor Louise Baur will receive $2.4 million to help reduce child obesity.

The three states will receive the biggest shares of the funding: Victoria ($269 million), NSW ($166 million) and Queensland ($92 million).

National Health and Medical Research Council chief executive officer Professor Anne Kelso said the announcement also included the second largest grant in the council's history, worth $25 million over five years.

Prof Kelso said this project would examine ways to use advances in human genetics to improve patient care in Australia.

"The research funded today is at the forefront of our knowledge of health and disease," she said.

Independent panels and research experts assessed applications from 12 different schemes to select the grants.

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