Medical Research Future Fund's Indigenous Health Research Fund - National Consultation on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan

Closed 23 Apr 2021

Opened 14 Dec 2020


The Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) Indigenous Health Research Fund (IHRF) was announced in February 2019 to provide $160 million for research to improve the health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

An Expert Advisory Panel was appointed in September 2019 to provide advice to the Minister for Health on the strategic priorities for research investment through the IHRF.

As per the MRFF Mission Governance document, the Expert Advisory Panel is to provide their advice on priorities for research investment through the IHRF by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan.
The Roadmap is a high level strategic document that includes the aim, vision, goal and priorities for investment for the IHRF. To support the Roadmap, the Implementation Plan outlines the priorities for investment (short, medium and long term), evaluation approaches and measures, supporting activities, and collaborative opportunities.

The Roadmap and Implementation Plan will be used by the Department to design and implement IHRF investments via Grant Opportunities promoted through GrantConnect. 2020-21 investments through the IHRF are available through

Why your views matter

This consultation is to seek feedback from the community on the IHRF’s draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan. Both documents are available below.

Through a separate process, the draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan will also be reviewed by an international panel of experts who will provide feedback and advice in the context of relevant activities occurring internationally.


As part of this consultation, two webinars were held on 23 March 2021 and 30 March 2021 to provide an opportunity for the community to gain a greater understanding of the purpose of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan and to ask any questions. During the webinars, a presentation was provided by the chairs of the Indigenous Health Research Fund Expert Advisory Panel, Professor Alex Brown and Associate Professor Misty Jenkins. A copy of the presentation can be accessed from the bottom of this page.

How to have your say

Consultation questions are provided to guide your submission.

How will we use your feedback

Submissions will be used to inform any further development of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan by the Expert Advisory Panel..


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