The National Hendra Virus Research Program has been established to fund research leading to strategies that minimise the impact of Hendra virus.
The Australian, Queensland and New South Wales governments announced funding of $12 million in July 2011 to accelerate research on Hendra virus following the unprecedented number of Hendra virus incidents in Queensland and New South Wales this year. These funds will be allocated through:
- a $9 million National Hendra Virus Research Program consisting of commissioned projects and an open funding program
- an allocation of $3 million by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The commissioned research program accelerates research to increase our understanding of Hendra virus and how the disease is transmitted. It also initiates research into priority areas, including studies to investigate the susceptibility and transmission of Hendra virus in animals other than horses.
The open funding program will enable scientists in Australia and overseas to contribute to the national program. It will also enable scientists from a broad range of disciplines, including the animal health, environmental and social sciences, to work together and develop a 'One Health' approach to research that will help minimise the impact of Hendra virus.