Research overview

The Bone Health Foundation plays a vital role in funding some of Australia’s brightest scientists as they seek out better treatments, preventions and cures for musculoskeletal conditions.

The field is enormous, because such conditions can arise through genetic disorders, accidents, chemotherapy, nutrition, and simply age. And these conditions do not discriminate, with over 6 million Australians across all ages, affected in the way they move, rest, work, play and enjoy life. It even affects mental wellbeing.

The cost of treatment exceeds $4.6 billion per annum and it’s a figure that is expected to rise as our population continues to age.

It is why the Foundation works hard to provide vital funds for research, with an aim to:

  • Funding great ideas
  • Support talented researchers and clinicians
  • Fund clinical trials

Since 1991, we’ve helped find better, less painful treatments for children and adults with crippling problems such as:

  • Scoliosis
  • Hip dislocation
  • Hand and foot problems, such as club foot
  • Neuromuscular disorders, such as spina bifida
  • Side-effects of chemotherapy
  • Dwarfism or bone dysplasia
  • Bone tumours and bone diseases
  • Bone growth arrest or angulations
  • Birth injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries and pain syndromes

The Foundation has also:

  • Funded PhD and post-doctoral study, as well as other relevant university research
  • Assisted health practitioners diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients with musculoskeletal ailment
  • Financially supported calcium-based diet programmes for primary school students

Research Funding

In 2016, the Foundation is working with the National Health & Allied Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to help fund health and medical research as a Gap Funding Partner.

The NHMRC uses expert peer reviewers to facilitate registration and the initial assessment of applications in order to supply the Foundation with a list of relevant grants considered worthy of funding that fall outside NHMRC’s level of funding. This provides a second chance to unsuccessful NHMRC grant applicants.

This list of grants is independently assessed by the Foundation’s Research Committee, which provides recommendations to the Foundation’s Board about the most appropriate submissions to fund and to what extent. Funding can be at the level recommended by the peer reviewers or at an alternative level. All grants will be administered wholly by the Foundation.

The submissions date for 2016 has now closed, however if you wish to be considered for the 2017 round of funding, please contact or contact the office on (08) 8231 7884.

For more information, please visit the NHMRC’s funding webpage.

Current Research Projects

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Past Research Projects

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Vitamin D
The Skeleton Crew
The Skeleton Crew

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