Research calls for underfunding of migrant health research to be addressed

Migrants make up 26% of the total Australian population, and although disproportionately affected by chronic diseases, they are under-represented in health research, according to a study in Australian Health Review. The researchers found that over 10 years, migrant-related research constituted 7.8% of all people-focused research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and 6.2% of all people-focused research initiatives funded by the NHMRC. They warned that unless equitable research funding was achieved, it would be impossible to build a strong evidence base for planning effective measures to reduce social and health inequalities among migrants.

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Addressing migration-related social and health inequalities in Australia: call for research funding priorities to recognise the needs of migrant populations