Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Improving the lives of Indigenous Australians

Indigenous researchers hope to improve the mental health of their people and promote positive parenting and resilience in young Aboriginal parents, thanks to funding of $3.8 million from the Gillard Labor Government.

Announcing funding for 10 Indigenous research teams under the Discovery Indigenous scheme, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Government had a positive vision for the future, one with a focus on improving the lives of Indigenous Australians.

“These 10 important new projects will bring about tangible outcomes that will affect the lives of Indigenous Australians,” Senator Carr said.

“For example, researchers from the University of Western Australia will use a $735 000 grant to study peri-natal mental health and positive parenting, and help improve mental health, parenting and resilience in young Aboriginal parents.”

Senator Carr acknowledged the valuable contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to Australia’s research effort.

“Through the Discovery Indigenous scheme we continue to build and promote the development of our Indigenous researchers, who are well placed to come up with solutions to issues that directly affect the Indigenous community and all Australians.”

The Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous scheme provides support for Indigenous researchers and postgraduate research students to undertake research projects that produce new knowledge for Australia.

For summaries of all research projects and information on the Discovery Indigenous funding scheme, visit the Funding Announcement Kits page.

For more information on the ARC and the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio, including the research grants available, visit their websites.

Media contacts: 
Minister's office, 02 6277 7580
ARC Stakeholder Relations, 0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au