$5 million for research into health impacts of bush-fires on Australian communities

The Australian Government has announced the successful applicants for the Medical Research Future Fund's 2020 Bush-fire Impact Research grants.


On 15 January 2020 the Australian Government announced that it is investing $5 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in research on the health effects of the recent bush-fires.

The MRFF’s Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative is funding 2 research streams:

  1. Physiological impacts of prolonged bush-fire smoke exposure

  2. Mental health impacts of bush-fires on affected communities


The 2019–20 bush-fire events highlighted the impacts of exposure to toxic ash and pollutants on human health, including mental health. We saw the stress that bush-fires place on:

  • First responders

  • Their families

  • Those who had to evacuate their communities

  • Those who lost loved ones, homes or businesses

This research will link researchers, institutions, policy makers and professional associations together to form a comprehensive snapshot of the health effects of the 2019–20 bush-fires on Australians.

The data collected through this research will be used to:

  • Inform future preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

  • Provide accurate and practical public health advice.

  • Provide mental health services during bush-fire and medium-term smoke events.


The MRFF provides grants to support health and medical research and innovation to improve the health and well-being of Australians. Read more about the MRFF.

This funding complements the Government’s other funding for Australians affected by the bush-fires:


See below for a list of successful applicants for the MRFF 2020 Bushfire Impact Research grants.

Stream 1: Physiological impacts of prolonged bush-fire smoke exposure


Stream 2: Mental health impacts of bush-fires on affected communities

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