Medibank partners with RACGP to fund research into digital health in primary care

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Medibank has announced a collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) under which it will launch a $250,000 grant to fund research into digital health in primary care.

Provided through the Medibank Better Health Foundation and RACGP Foundation, the grant will fund up to two projects focusing on themes related to patient experience with digital health in general practice, digital health integration, and digital support tools for clinical decision-making.

According to Medibank medical director for research, policy and innovation, Dr Jessica Choong, “GPs are at the frontline of health in their community, and we’re pleased to continue working alongside the RACGP to support the incredible work they do.

"Technology is bringing about huge changes to health and the health landscape in Australia. The more we can all understand the potential opportunities and barriers, the better the experience will be for patients and those who care for them."

RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins said general practice was an engine room of the health system and that related research was critical.

“The RACGP Foundation Grants and Awards program enables general practice research, which is essential to improve primary care and help ensure all Australians receive high-quality care,” said Dr Higgins.

“Our grants program has been running for over 60 years and has a high success rate for recipients receiving further funding to take their ideas and solutions forward.

"I encourage my fellow GPs to consider applying for a grant. Research by GPs is essential to progress and improve general practice for the benefit of patients across Australia, and around the world," added Dr Higgins.

Expressions of Interest for the research grant will close on 3 April 2023.