Funding awarded to fight Australia’s single biggest killer

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Six University of Newcastle researchers have secured nearly $1million in Heart Foundation funding to research the causes, prevention, and treatment of heart disease, stroke and related conditions.

Heart Foundation funding

Despite many improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in the past 60 years, coronary heart disease is still Australia’s single biggest killer.

The six Newcastle research teams are among 72 projects sharing in $13.9 million through the Heart Foundation’s 2021 research grants scheme.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award

Which Way? Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to be smoke-free through group-based cessation support.

Collaboration and Exchange Awards

Improving the health of pre-schoolers: childcare-based obesity prevention interventions at scale.

Vanguard Grant

Evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of PhysiCards: a pilot randomised controlled trial of a novel tool to assist mental health consumers identify and seek care for cardiovascular (and other) physical health concerns.

Vanguard Grant

Cultural adaptation and feasibility trial of ‘Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids’ for Indigenous Australian families to improve cardiovascular health.

Vanguard Grant 

Evaluating the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a cardiovascular disease prevention intervention targeting addictive and compulsive overeating among adults with a mental illness: CardioFix.

Vanguard Grant 

Investigating the cardiopulmonary impacts of prolonged exposure to bushfire smoke particulate matter and other environmental hazards in Regional Australia.


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