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It goes without saying HCF exists to improve health outcomes for its members, but we also help the greater Australian community through the HCF Research Foundation. This year the HCF Research Foundation will fund 10 health ser vice projects to the value of $2.2 million. The recipients have been chosen from 236 applications and the grants range in value from $40,000 to $400,000. "Importantly, each of the winning projects has the potential to improve the safety and the quality of health service deliveries for all Australians," HCF Managing Director Shaun Larkin says. "We are confident that many Australians will benefit from this research work for many years to come." The projects • Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local to support GPs in reducing emergency presentations ($400,000) • University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute to reduce unnecessary pathology tests in hospital ($370,000) For the greater good • Clinical Excellence Commission to improve the care of patients with dementia ($300,000) • Macquarie University Hospital to help improve pre-admission processes and discharge pathways ($300,000) • Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group to evaluate a decision support tool for women with breast cancer ($190,000) • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to help children who present with appendicitis ($150,000) • Hammondcare and South West Sydney Local Health District to compare inpatient and home- based rehabilitation following knee replacement surgery ($140,000) • Royal North Shore Hospital to evaluate fracture risk calculators for osteoporosis ($120,000) • Royal Hobart Hospital to aid kids and teens with type 1 diabetes ($50,000) • Hammondcare and South West Sydney Local Health District to better understand preferences for rehabilitation following hip and knee joint replacement surgery ($40,000). The objectives of the HCF Research Foundation’s health ser vices research program are to assist with improving the prevention, treatment and cure of diseases in the general community by funding research and study proposals that enhance knowledge, address areas of deficit and improve the quality, efficiency and equity of access to and provision of health ser vices. Donations are funded from health fund investment net surpluses. In total HCF has donated more than $50 million. "We are very proud that the HCF Research Foundation has now funded more than 50 research projects with a total value in excess of $12 million since inception in 2000," Mr Larkin says.
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