An investment in the future health and wealth of all Australians

An investment in the future health and wealth of all Australians

19th October, 2012

AAMRI welcomes NMHRC funding announcement

The peak body for Australia’s 41 independent medical research institutes, AAMRI, has welcomed the Minister for Health’s announcement today of a sustained government investment in health and medical research.

The Minister announced $652 million for Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

President-elect of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes, Professor Brendan Crabb, thanked the government for its commitment to NHMRC funding in the face of ongoing budgetary pressure.

“We know the government is facing some tough decisions at the moment, so we are very pleased they have recognised the importance of a sustained investment in health and medical research” he said.

“This is an investment in the future health and wealth of all Australians.”

Professor Crabb said the recently released consultation draft of the McKeon Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research made a strong business case for continued investment in medical research.

“The McKeon Review is a blueprint for the future of Australian health and medical research and how it can contribute to better health outcomes for the Australian community. It also emphasises how research has a special role in managing the escalating cost of healthcare in this country.

“The Minister’s announcement of the NMHRC grant outcomes sends the whole sector a strong signal that the government recognises the importance of medical research.”

NHMRC grants are the primary source of government funding for Australian health and medical research organisations, including medical research institutes and universities. The Minister for Health announced 1,141 new grants across a plethora of health issues, including mental health, Indigenous health, ageing, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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