The Government has announced the Australian Institute of Digital Health will share in $23.7 million funding over three years as part of the National Preventative Health Strategy, furthering support for the health and wellbeing of all Australians. The Institute is one of 21 health groups to receive funding in the third round of the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Program. The announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt.
Institute CEO Dr Louise Schaper welcomed the news and said: “We are thrilled to be included and have the importance of digital health to preventative health recognised in this way.”
The grant aims to enable health groups to continue providing expert, evidence-based and impartial advice to inform current health policy and program development. It also helps support communication and consultation activities across the wider health sector, the community and government.
The Minister said within the third round, there is an emphasis on support for the principles outlined in the National Preventive Health Strategy, such as multi-sector collaboration, enabling workforce and community engagement.