What We Do

What We Do

The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) is the peak body for medical research institutes (MRIs) across Australia. Our member organisations work on a broad spectrum of human health issues such as preventive health, chronic disease, mental health, immunology and Indigenous health. Their research ranges from fundamental biomedical discovery through to clinical research and the translation of research findings from bench to bedside.

Our vision

Hope, health and prosperity through health and medical research

Our mission

To achieve positive policy outcomes for health and medical research in Australia

Our role

To represent organisations with a central focus on health and medical research through advocacy, information provision, relationship building and member services


  • Advocate for high-level policy reform for health and medical research, especially implementation of priority recommendations of the McKeon Review.
  • Be a trusted source of authoritative advice and information on policy, funding and regulatory matters affecting the outcomes of Australian health and medical research organisations.
  • Build a positive profile and a strong, united voice of our members amongst key stakeholders.
  • Represent, engage and connect our members.
  • Act as an information and networking hub for members and external stakeholders.


  • Provide formal submissions and advice to Federal Government inquiries and consultations.
  • Advocate on behalf of MRIs to relevant Federal Ministers, Parliamentarians and government agencies.
  • Prepare information and reports to inform policy and advocacy activities.
  • Promote the important role of medical research and MRIs to governments and the community.
  • Build relationships with research, health and industry peak bodies, and other external stakeholders.


  • Benefits to members: useful information and advice, unique sector representation and insights, valuable knowledge sharing and networking, collegiality amongst members, improved fiscal and regulatory environment, improved research and organisational outcomes.
  • Benefits to government: stakeholder-informed decisions, effective and efficient research funding programs, improved return on investment in health and medical research.
  • Benefits to other stakeholders: improved understanding of the role and concerns of medical research institutes, information sharing, networking with medical research organisations.

To find out more about AAMRI and our activities, please read the AAMRI Strategic Plan.

You can also download a one-page summary version of our Strategic Plan.