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NHMRC supports global research to reduce chronic lung diseases

Date posted: 19 October 2016

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has announced almost $5 million in funding for the prevention and management of chronic lung diseases.

NHMRC participated in a request for research applications from the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). The GACD is a collaboration of major international public research funding agencies that funds joint research programs to address chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries and in vulnerable populations in high-income countries.

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso says one aim of NHMRC’s participation is to build the evidence base for sound policies on prevention and management of chronic lung diseases in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Two of the projects announced today will support this goal.

'Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a critical component of NHMRC’s research funding strategy,' Prof Kelso says.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience higher rates of hospitalisation, morbidity and mortality from chronic lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than other Australians. Lung cancer is both the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the leading cause of cancer deaths for this population.

Tobacco smoking is still a major risk factor for these diseases, particularly in remote areas. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with chronic lung disease also have one or more comorbid conditions that may complicate the management and treatment of their lung disease.

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Last updated: 19 October 2016
 
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