Western Australia’s medical innovation and research capabilities have received an infusion of support with $2.5 million from Lotterywest. The funds will go toward Western Australia’s National Imaging Facility Node to fund key equipment including state-of-the-art MRI and PET-CT scanners. In addition to replacing ailing equipment, this support aligns Western Australia’s National imaging Facility Node with others across nation. Western Australians will benefit with improved health outcomes. The project is led by the University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Health Translation Network.
Lotteywest (Lotteries Commission) established in 1932 runs the lottery in Western Australia. After monies are wagered on Lotterywest games is returned to players as prize money, and operating costs and retailer commission are covered, the balance of the money is returned to the Western Australia community—amounting to 33 cents in every dollar spent on Lotterywest products being returned to Western Australia. As prescribed in the Lotteries Commission Act, the state’s hospitals and health services are beneficiaries of Lotterywest funding.
Benefiting Research Infrastructure in Western Australia
Led by The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Health Translation Network, the funds will be allocated to programs involving the expansion of the Western Australia National Imaging Facility Node. This involves an Australia-wide collaborative network of world-class imaging infrastructure. In the past at times Western Australia hasn’t had optimal imaging technology because of distance and costs but with this investment this vast area is afforded to opportunity to align with other regions.
The funds will contribute to the upgrade of scanners, for example, that cover a broad scope of diseases and treatment needs from pediatric to geriatric and from basic science through clinical trials benefiting researchers across Western Australia. A great variety of therapeutic areas will benefit from oncology and neurology and cardiology to aging.
It Takes A Village
Partnerships for improvement of the National Imaging Facility Noe involve many participants operating in Western Australia including: Lotterywest, Cancer Council WA, Ian Potter Foundation, the National Imaging Facility, the WA Department of Health, WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, UWA, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, Perron Institute, Harry Perkins Institute, and Radiation Oncology Charles Gairdner Hospital.
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