Monash welcomes Budget funding for key health and environmental research

Monash University has welcomed Federal Government Budget funding for projects that will improve the health and wellbeing of Mornington Peninsula communities and better protect vital coastal environments.

The $32 million in funding allocated to the Monash Health Futures Hub under the Community Health and Hospitals program will support the design and delivery of better, integrated models of care for some of the region’s most vulnerable people.

The Hub will focus particularly on improving outcomes in aged care, mental health and addiction – key community health issues for both the local area and across the nation.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Margaret Gardner AO said the Hub would support better health care for older people in their own environments, whether it be at home or in residential aged care.

"State-of-the-art ‘living labs’ and technology will be used to simulate health care delivery and provide the community with the ability to be involved in designing the best models of care. Successful models could then be scaled up and rolled out across Australia," Professor Gardner said.

Professor Gardner also welcomed funding for a joint project between Monash and the University of Melbourne.

The Federal Government announced a $25 million Budget commitment to establish a national coasts, environment and climate science research and education centre at the Quarantine Station Precinct at Point Nepean.

This project could enhance Victoria’s standing as a hub for climate related research and teaching, anchored by a collaboration between two great universities. It also offers opportunity for strong community engagement with the historic, environmental and scientific significance of the site.

The universities are focused on the environmental and cultural sensitivities of the Point Nepean precinct and the absolute need to listen and work closely with the local community on any future proposals for the area.

The universities looked forward to working in partnership with Federal State and Local Governments to finalise a proposal and business case consistent with the Victorian Government’s masterplan for the Quarantine Station Precinct.