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Health at heart of Australia-Singapore initiative

6 April 2019

The Morrison Government will help fund a joint initiative with Singapore to get Australians eating better and living longer.

CSIRO will team up with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) on the Innovations in Food for Precision Health initiative, to help consumers in both countries make healthier food, diet and lifestyle choices.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the project will bring together the key research organisations in Australia and Singapore to address health problems.

“Australia and Singapore face similar health challenges brought about by an aging population and we also have common strengths in innovation and science,” Minister Andrews said.

“This partnership will help develop a new approach to health by creating personalised foods to prevent and treat disease.

“We know diet plays a big part in the broader health of Australians and there is much to be gained from working together with international partners in science and innovation.”

Australia will provide $1.1 million to the program through the new strategic funding stream of the Global Innovation Strategy, with matching support from Singapore. This initiative will further strengthen our science and innovation relationship as part of Australia’s Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore.

The Morrison Government knows the value of science to improving the lives of all Australians, growing the economy and creating jobs, that’s why we’ve invested $1.5 billion more into our science agencies than Labor did when it was last in government. This includes $97 million more into CSIRO.

It’s part of our strategic plan to grow Australia’s science capabilities, boost our economy and help create 1.25 million new jobs in the next five years.

Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070