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Professor Neil Thomson awarded $1.1 to continue Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Tuesday, 01 December 2009

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Recently, ECU’s Professor of Indigenous Health, Neil Thomson, received more than $1.1 million from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing to continue his work on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet based at the Mount Lawley campus.

The HealthInfoNet, founded and directed by Neil, is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by conducting research and making these results, and other knowledge, readily accessible.

The HealthInfoNet has a very important role in providing the evidence essential in Australia’s commitment to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Indigenous and other Australians.

Neil says this funding allows the HealthInfoNet to continue to deliver a quality
“one-stop info-shop” resource for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

“The information and knowledge freely accessible from the HealthInfoNet will enhance the skills of people involved in the area of Indigenous health, and contribute to improvements in their practice or policy work,” Neil said.

“For students and the general community, the knowledge accessible via our resource will improve their understanding of Indigenous health and related areas,” he said.

The Australian Department of Health and Ageing has funded the organisation since its inception in 1997 when it was known as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Clearinghouse.

For more information, please visit www.healthInfonet.ecu.edu.au.

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