This program supports innovative high quality research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tropical disease, builds strong collaborations and capacity in the health and medical research workforce, and promotes effective translation of this research into health policy and practice.

The Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Program (NATDCRP) was announced as a $ 6.8 million budget measure by the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb on 10 May 2015. It contributes to implementing policies outlined in Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, released on 18 June 2015.

This program supports innovative high quality research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tropical disease, builds strong collaborations and capacity in the health and medical research workforce, and promotes effective translation of this research into health policy and practice.

The program is administered through the NHMRC under the direction of a Scientific Advisory Panel including scientific experts, health policy officials, health practitioners and consumers.

Key components of the Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Program are:

  • building new research capability (including scholarships and fellowships) under the coordination of a high quality research leadership team
  • focusing research on tropical diseases with a high potential impact on health in Australia and the region, and
  • promoting accelerated transfer of research outcomes into health policy and practice, identifying opportunities for commercialising new health-related technologies and other innovations in Northern Australia and internationally.

Related programs

Information on related programs is available on the following websites:

Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration (Hot North)

On 19 November 2016 Menzies School of Health Research was awarded $6 million for Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration (Hot North). Hot North will strengthen partnerships with research institutions in the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia by undertaking a research agenda that will help close the gap in Indigenous health disadvantage, protect the north from emerging infectious threats and engage regional neighbours. 

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