Grant open for research to improve hearing support services


Date published:

October 13, 2021

Type of support:

Press release


General public

The Australian government today announced the first of two grant opportunities for research into the development and provision of enhanced hearing health support services, which will better help one in six Australians with some form of hearing loss.

Federal Regional Health Minister Dr David Gillespie announced that applications are now open for the National Council of Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Hearing Health Research Targeted Call: Hearing Services: evidence-based support.

“The federal government wants to ensure that all hearing impaired Australians, wherever they live, can receive high quality assistance to help them get the most out of their lives,” said Dr Gillespie.

“This call aims to support research that develops an evidence base for future policies, interventions and initiatives to support the hearing services program.”

Health and Elderly Care Minister Greg Hunt said the NHMRC funds research in which Australia’s top health and medical researchers attempt to solve the health problems they see in their community to help improve the lives of their fellow Australians.

“NHMRC Targeted Research Calls are one-time grant applications aimed at addressing a particular health problem for which there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need,” said Minister Hunt.

Dr Gillespie said the funding was part of the Australian government’s $ 21.2 million investment to support activities under the Hearing Health Roadmap, developed by the health sector committee auditory, published in February 2019.

The NHMRC is administering $ 7.3 million in grants for hearing research as part of this measure; the total funding available under the call for research applications announced today is $ 4 million.

The targeted call for hearing health research:

  • Inform the development and delivery of hearing health services in the future.
  • Improve the evidence base on hearing health-seeking behaviors, particularly in vulnerable populations.
  • Assure providers and consumers that hearing program support services are based on the best available evidence to adapt to client needs and technological change.

A subsequent targeted hearing health research call grant opportunity will take place in 2022 as part of this budget measure. All other relevant information is available on the NHMRC website and GrantConnect.


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