Commonwealth funding to enhance Indigenous health futures 


Charles Darwin University has secured more than $750,000 in Commonwealth funding to ensure a strong Australian research workforce.

The Federal Minister for Innovation, Senator Kim Carr has announced 200 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships for some of the nation’s brightest minds as part of the Australian Government’s push to attract the best researchers.

CDU’s project entitled, Enhancing linkage and exchange in a national research partnership to improve primary health care performance and outcomes for Indigenous peoples, is the only successful project for the Northern Territory.

To be led by Senior Principal Research Fellow with Menzies School of Health Research, Professor Ross Bailie, the project will enhance current efforts to make high-quality primary health care services accessible to all Indigenous Australians. The work will result in widespread application of systematic and cutting-edge methods to enable health service staff and managers to review and continually work to improve the quality of their service.

Senator Carr said he created the Future Fellowships to address the lack of Australian opportunities available for talented mid-career researchers.

"The Government made sure that the scheme would bring to our shores the best minds from around the globe, strengthening our research capacity and ensuring that we have the skills we need as our academic workforce ages,” he said.

“I congratulate the Future Fellows and thank them for their contribution to our country.”

For more information about the Future Fellowships scheme, visit