Children's health in WA has been given a huge boost today - the day before Telethon 2013 gets under way - with the announcement of recipients of a new $3 million research fund.
Seventeen research projects will now be carried out with funding from the Telethon/New Children's Hospital Research Fund.
The Channel 7 Telethon Trust has given $2 million to the fund and the State Government has given $1 million.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the fund was an investment in the health and wellbeing of WA children.
"This unique fund recognises the fact there are some fantastic organisations and individuals doing groundbreaking research in this critical area, and we need to do all we can to support their efforts," he said.
"As all of these projects must be completed within 24 months, it's exciting that the outcomes of this work could make a difference to the lives of many families."
Since the fund was announced, 56 applications have been received for the first round.
A study at Princess Margaret Hospital, which was awarded $202,000, will investigate how to improve follow-up care for premature Aboriginal babies.
At the University of WA, scientists will study how to prevent influenza disease and death in WA children through vaccination with a $153,000 grant.Curtin University scientists will begin research to develop a more effective whooping cough vaccine with a $198,000 grant.