2019 Federal Election – campaign commitments

2019 Federal Election – campaign commitments

6th May, 2019

We’re keeping track of all the election commitments made by the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election. We will keep updating this list over the course of the campaign.

These announcements have been taken from official campaign websites and documents. The headings and texts for the announcements paraphrase and reflect the language in the original announcements.

This list is up to date as of 10 May 2019

Please email any additions or corrections to enquiries@aamri.org.au

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Liberal Party of Australia

Australian Labor Party

Australian Greens

 

Liberal Party of Australia

EARLY CHILDHOOD AND PARENTING SUPPORT

Provide $1.5 million for the Raising Children Network at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to provide tailored, expert guidance to parents – giving them the confidence to recognise when their children are struggling and to know what to do to help.

MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH

As part of the Million Minds Mission, invest $22.5 million in new health and medical research. Of this, $12.5 million will support research into how best to bring family, community, culture and country to the centre of mental health services for Indigenous youth. There will also be $10 million to design better approaches to managing mental health care for young people in crisis and improve digital mental health support.

STRENGTHENING THE TASMANIAN HEALTH SYSTEM

Boosting new medical research, including in a University of Tasmania/ Menzies Institute Multiple Sclerosis flagship program, and preventative health research at University of Tasmania ($12.4million)

RECORD HOSPITAL INVESTMENT

Invest $65 million for a 16-bed inpatient cystic fibrosis unit at the Westmead Hospital, which will integrate admission services with ambulatory care and research.

MEDICAL RESEARCH DELIVERING BREAKTHROUGH MEDICINES

Under the MRFF, a new 10-year $5 billion investment strategy has been announced, underpinned by four key themes: patients, researchers, translation and missions.

Medical research missions to tackle major health challenges have been announced:

  • The $125 million Australian Brain Cancer Mission aims to double the survival rates and improve the quality of life for patients with brain cancer over the next ten years.
  • The $500 million Genomics Health Futures Mission aims to transform the lives of more than 200,000 Australians through research into better testing, diagnosis and treatment with precision medicine.
  • The $185 million Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Research Mission will improve the quality of life of older people, enhance workforce capability and improve quality of care.
  • The $220 million Cardiovascular Mission will improve health outcomes through prevention strategies, earlier detection and improved outcomes for patients suffering a heart attack or stroke.
  • The $160 million Indigenous Health Research Fund will support practical, innovative research into the best approaches to prevention, early intervention, and treatment of health conditions of greatest concern to Indigenous communities including $35 million for rheumatic heart disease.
  • The $150 million Stem Cell Therapies Mission will advance stem cell research that could potentially grow kidneys, repair damaged spinal cords and cure dementia.
  • The $50 million Traumatic Brain Injury Mission will enable nationally co-ordinated medical research to improve the recovery of patients with a traumatic brain injury and identify the most effective care and treatments.
  • The $125 million, 10 year Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission will assist up to one million people affected by mental illness.

Developing new drugs, devices and medical technologies takes time and requires long-term investment.

A 10-year investment strategy and Health and Medical Research Industry Growth Plan has been released. Funding includes the development of a drug discovery centre to fast track new medicines so that our researchers can work in Australia rather than overseas. Clinical trials for rare cancers, rare diseases and unmet needs will be a particular focus with an investment of $614 million.

SUPPORTING AUSTRALIANS THROUGH CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Investment in cancer fighting infrastructure has been announced:

  • $80 million to establish the Peter MacCallum centre of excellence in cellular immunotherapy and CAR-T therapy.
  • $100 million for a Comprehensive Children’s Cancer Centre in Sydney.
  • $614 million over 10 years under the MRFF for rare cancer and rare diseases clinical trials – to use revolutionary medical science to find cures for patients.
  • Over $180 million per year in ground-breaking cancer research funding through the NHMRC.

SUPPORT FOR PATIENTS WITH DIABETES

$54.5 million for research that will give new hope and support for Australian children and adults living with type 1 diabetes.

WOMEN’S AND MEN’S HEALTH

$20 million in research to improve the survival rates for women with ovarian cancer

$3.8 million is also being provided for research to investigate the causes and prevention of male infertility which is estimated to affect one in six couples.

INDIGENOUS HEALTH

A $160 million Indigenous Health Research Fund will deliver rapid solutions to some of the biggest preventable health challenges. $35 million has been committed to research and develop a vaccine for rheumatic heart disease, which could save thousands of lives.

In addition, an investment of $12.5 million from the Million Minds Mission for research on the best approaches to prevent Indigenous suicide.

LANDMARK RURAL HEALTH STRATEGY

$18 million to develop a world-class rural health and medical research facility in Orange NSW that will support the needs of rural communities throughout Australia.

The Institute for Regional, Rural and Remote Health and Medical Research will focus on addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequity, supporting ageing and aged care, improving child health, promoting consumer-driven rural health research, building clinical research capacity and improving health service delivery.

The Government will invest $100 million from the MRFF to establish the Rural and Regional Clinical Trials Infrastructure Program.

MORE SUPPORT FOR OLDER AUSTRALIANS

$34 million will be provided to establish a new Aged Care Workforce Research Centre, which will examine new ways to deliver care for older Australians and training and education for aged care providers, drawing on the world’s best practice.

NATIONAL DUST DISEASE TASKFORCE

$5 million will be allocated to establish a National Dust Diseases Taskforce to develop a national approach for the prevention, early identification, control and management of dust diseases in Australia. The funding will also establish a National Dust Diseases Register, commission new research to support understanding, prevention and treatment of preventable occupational lung diseases.

CHILDREN’S CANCER RESEARCH

$9.6 million is being committed for children’s cancer research clinical trials and projects. The funding will come from the MRFF Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research (EPCD) initiative and will be provided to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH RESEARCH TRANSLATION AND IMPACT NETWORK

$5 million will be provided to support a National Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network, with the spotlight on national collaboration, workforce capacity building

Australian Labor Party

CAPITALISATION OF THE MEDICAL RESEARCH FUTURE FUND

Labor is determined to see the MRFF reach $20 billion, and a Shorten Labor Government will achieve this target on the current timeline, i.e. in 2020-21.

MEDICAL RESEARCH FUTURE FUND GOVERNANCE

Labor is also determined to work with AAMRI, the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board and others to improve the governance on the MRFF.

INVESTING IN CANCER RESEARCH

Invest $125 million in a fund to fight cancer – giving our world-class researchers additional resources to search for a cure, including:

  • $20 million to give around 1,800 blood cancer patients access to new and emerging treatments – working with the Leukaemia Foundation and other partners to develop the new Right to Trial program.
  • $20 million for the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation to implement a comprehensive Pancreatic Cancer Medical Research Strategy.
  • $26 million in the amazing work of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance in clinical trials to help patients access better care now and help strengthen our healthcare system into the future.
    • $12 million to support two research projects – with at least one focused on cancer – to help enhance Australia’s role as a world leader in clinical trials. These projects will look at the ways we can make accessing clinical trials faster and easier, as much as possible embedding trials into routine health care.
    • $10 million to provide more support for existing Clinical Trial Coordinating Centres – with so much complexity in available treatment options for patients, greater support is required for trial centres that can support clinicians in designing trials that address clinically important questions and make sure that patients are getting the best care possible.
    • $4 million to help ensure that results from clinical trials are quickly implemented and the importance of clinical trials in a learning health care system is a focus of all health care.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR SCIENCE AT THE CENTRE OF GOVERNMENT

  • Develop a charter with the Australian science and research community to establish the reciprocal roles and responsibilities of government and researchers.
  • Establish a Prime Minister’s Science and Innovation Council, supported by a National Scientific Expert Panel.
  • Review and strengthen the National Science and Research priorities, giving the priorities a central role in guiding government investments in innovation, science and research… Labor will ensure [the priorities] are reviewed every two years.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR AUSTRALIA TO DEVOTE 3 PER CENT OF GDP TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Set a national target that 3 per cent of GDP will be devoted to R&D by 2030.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN CANCER RESEARCH

Boost research into advanced breast cancer and brain cancer, with a $20 million investment in the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN – LABOR’S PLAN FOR EQUALITY

Create Australia’s first National Evaluation Framework for Girls and Women in STEM Initiatives; fund the SAGE program to drive gender equality in science and research; and establish a National Women in Science Day.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR A NATIONAL INQUIRY INTO RESEARCH

Establish a review into Research in Australia.

The review will focus on international best practice in organising our research system and the need to maintain our capacity for basic and translational research. The review will be expected to provide the government with a comprehensive explanation of Australia’s research effort – its coherence and its quality, its gaps and its needs.

The assessment of the overall research framework will be conducted by Professor Ian Chubb AC FAA FTSE FACE FRSN. He will be supported by an Advisory Group that will include members whose background gives them a broad perspective on the research sector.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR RESEARCH INTEGRITY

Legislate to restore the integrity of the Australian Research Council.

The legislation will place an explicit reference to an Australian interpretation of the Haldane principle – that politicians should not pick and choose individual research projects based on political whim – into the objects of the Australian Research Council Act.

Legislate a requirement that ministers must table an explanation in Parliament within 15 sitting days of rejecting a recommendation of funding by the Chief Executive Officer of the ARC.

UNIVERSITY FUTURE FUND

Create a $300 million University Future Fund for higher education infrastructure and priorities.

Funding will be made available to fast-track small to medium funding grants so that universities can update or renovate facilities; or invest in new or updated research equipment, labs or other important facilities.

INVESTING IN SERVICES AND SUPPORT FOR CANCER PATIENTS

$10 million to establish a Children’s Cancer Endowment Fund with the Children’s Cancer Foundation to fund research projects in children’s cancer

$12 million towards Ovarian Cancer Australia’s National Action Plan for Ovarian Cancer Research as well as $150,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, matching their fundraising target and helping them in their bid to develop an early detection screening test.

SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH INTO PARALYSIS AND SPINAL CORD INJURY

Provide $1.65m in support for the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation to help them find a cure for paralysis and for the Foundation’s functional therapy program.

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REFORM COMMISSION

Establish a permanent Australian Health Reform Commission – an independent, legislated body comparable to the Productivity Commission that will help us forge a path to realising our vision of a truly universal health care system.

BOOST 2019 PERTH TELETHON BY $2 MILLION

$2 million will be provided to boost the Perth Telethon. The Telethon supports medical research, purchasing equipment for children with disability, supporting community organisations, and providing critical support all make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families in Western Australia.

ADVANCED MEDICAL MANUFACTURING
$10 million will be provided to the Herston Biofabrication Institute. The funding will enable the institute to use the latest 3D technologies within a fully-integrated medical manufacturing suite. The institute will create a state-of-the-art facility that will include research, manufacturing, teaching and next generation clinical treatments.

EXPANSION OF CHILDREN’S MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
$21 million will be invested in the Children’s Medical Research Institute. The investment will allow CMRI to build a new facility adjacent to the Westmead Children’s Hospital. This new facility will form part of the Westmead Research Hub, of which CMRI is a founding member.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

As part of a $144 million investment over four years to trial three metropolitan headspace Plus sites, Labor will provide $14 million over four years to Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, to provide central implementation support, technical guidance, research and evaluation and $3 million for an independent evaluation.

NATIONAL PLAN FOR EATING DISORDERS AND BODY IMAGE RESEARCH

$20 million committed to create Australia’s first National Plan for Eating Disorders and Body Image Research.

NATIONAL HEALTH AND CLIMATE RESEARCH CAPABILITIES

An investment of $15 million will be made to establish a National Health and Climate Centre at the University of New South Wales. The centre will coordinate research and responses to the impact of climate change on health.

REFORM OF THE R&D TAX INCENTIVE

Firms that collaborate with universities and public research agencies to create new knowledge will be eligible for a new 10 per cent premium.

MONASH-PENINSULA HEALTH FUTURES HUB

Labor will invest $21 million in a new Monash-Peninsula Health Futures Hub – an innovation that aims to transform health care for the local community and eventually the whole country.

Australian Greens

PROTECTING SCIENCE’ PACKAGE

Creating a ‘Protecting Science’ package, consisting of a $2.557 billion boost to the Australia Research Council, National Health & Medical Research Council, and Cooperative Research Centres over the next decade

MEDICAL RESEARCH FUTURE FUND

Provide $1.054 billion to promote health and

medical research by supporting the maintenance and disbursement of the Medical Research Future Fund; funding four new integrated health research centres; and increasing funding for health and medical research

RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

Increase funding to the Research Infrastructure Investment Strategy by $2.177 billion over the decade.

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUNDING

Restore the Sustainable Research Excellence program and boosting university research.

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

Provide $60.2 million over the forwards to invest in strategic opportunities for international collaboration.

OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING

Provide $185.1 million over the forwards to ensure Open Access Publishing of Government funded research.

CAREER SUPPORT

Invest over $2.5 billion over the decade to support equitable and ongoing employment opportunities for researchers by:

  • Establishing a ‘Secure Work for Researchers’ fund to assist universities and research institutes to transition their workers to ongoing, secure employment;
  • Providing support for women in science;
  • Ensuring additional funding to support early and midcareer
  • researchers to attract and retain top research
  • talents; and
  • Investing in teacher training in STEM education.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

Invest an additional $40 million (5%) in annual government funding to the CSIRO, reversing the Coalition’s Budget cuts, as well as funding the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and providing over $100 million to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TAX INCENTIVE

Improving the R&D Tax Incentive by providing a 20% non-refundable tax offset for companies that hire STEM PhD students to work in their field of expertise.