The Australian Government has announced the successful applicants for the Medical Research Future Fund's 2020 Bush-fire Impact Research grants.
The MRFF’s Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative is funding 2 research streams:
Physiological impacts of prolonged bush-fire smoke exposure
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:
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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