AAMRI congratulates Health Minister on reappointment

AAMRI congratulates Health Minister on reappointment

18th July, 2016

Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) President, Professor Doug Hilton AO has congratulated the Hon Sussan Ley MP on being re-appointed as Minister for Health and Aged Care as part of the re-elected Turnbull Government.

Professor Hilton also congratulated the Hon Greg Hunt MP on his new role as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and said he looked forward to working with Mr Hunt in this critical role for medical research. He also wished the outgoing Industry, Innovation and Science Minister the Hon Christopher Pyne MP well in his new ministry in Defence Industry, and outgoing Assistant Minister Karen Andrews MP well in her new role in vocational education.

“We’ve developed a very productive working relationship with Minister Ley, and we welcome the opportunity to continue working with her on important policies for the health and medical research sector, including the transformational Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF),” Professor Hilton said.

“I’m sure that Minister Hunt will embrace the opportunity to get to know the important role health and medical research plays in both the health and wealth of Australians through creating the knowledge-intensive jobs of the future as we continue to embrace innovation as a nation.

“Health and medical researchers are helping us to live longer, healthier and more productive lives than ever, but there is much more to do to overcome the burden of some of our most intractable and challenging conditions such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease, mental illness and cancer. We look forward to welcoming Minister Hunt to the many Medical Research Institutes around Australia undertaking cutting-edge research to help Australians overcome these illnesses, and many other conditions.

“Every dollar invested in health and medical research returns at least two dollars, with many studies suggesting this rate of return is much higher. These returns come not just from marketable medical discoveries but also from more efficient diagnoses and treatments. Health and medical research is already an important part of our economy, and will only continue to grow in importance through the MRFF and other initiatives.”

Professor Hilton said he also wished to congratulate Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on being returned to government.

“Prime Minister Turnbull has put forward a vision for how innovation and the STEM industries can help secure Australia’s future, and investing in health and medical research is a core part of this agenda,” Professor Hilton said.

“We look forward to working with Mr Turnbull and his government as they develop plans for the MRFF, which is set to be fully capitalised at $20 billion by 2021, delivering an extra $1 billion per year in funding to health and medical research.

“We look forward to continuing working with Minister Ley to ensure all health and medical research funding is delivered sustainably and that funding covers the whole cost of research for Medical Research Institutes.”

Media Contact: Rebecca Thorpe, 0401 419 590, rebecca.thorpe@aamri.org.au.