Proportionate research funding based on relative burden of conditions of communication and swallowing

Adam P Vogel and Sarah E Plant
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00244
Published online: 21 April 2014

To the Editors: Bourne and colleagues1 describe an important disconnect between the relative burden of musculoskeletal conditions and investment in clinical research in Australia. A similar disproportionate allocation of funding is looming in conditions of communication and swallowing, which affect one in seven Australians.2 These disorders typically concern vulnerable populations of early development and ageing, including those with autism, stroke and neurodegeneration.

  • Adam P Vogel
  • Sarah E Plant

  • Speech Neuroscience Unit, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

Adam Vogel is funded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and ARC Discovery and Linkage grants.


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