Indigenous health projects get $35m

Colin Brinsden
Forty two national indigenous health projects will receive funding from the federal government

The Morrison government is investing $35 million into 42 national indigenous health projects, Health Minister Greg Hunt says.

These projects include ending avoidable indigenous deafness, ending avoidable indigenous blindness and help to eradicate chronic kidney disease.

However, he conceded on ABC television's Insiders program Australia hasn't been able to close the gap in infant mortality rates although there has been some improvement.

"But until there is parity, we will not be whole as a nation," Mr Hunt said.

The first round of this new funding - $14.44 million - will support nine successful grant projects that will identify what will contribute to successful healthcare delivery in indigenous populations and what barriers exist.

The second round of investments involves $19.785 million from 2019/20 to 2021/22 for the remaining 33 grants.

Successful projects span activities to address chronic disease prevention, early intervention and the treatment and management of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, renal disease and mental health.