AAMRI Update: National Science Statement

AAMRI Update: National Science Statement

24th March, 2017

Australian National Science Statement 2017

The Federal Government released the Australian National Science Statement 2017 yesterday, providing a framework to ensure Australia’s science remains world-class.

AAMRI put out a media release supporting the Statement, especially its highlighting of the importance of the Medical Research Future Fund, and the role medical research plays in improving Australians’ health and the economy. Medical research is described as one of the five major strategic science-related initiatives in the Statement.

The Statement also reiterates the need for continued support for the NHMRC, the need for investment in all stages of research, and provides a commitment to addressing the Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The need for long-term, stable investment in science is highlighted as critical to Australia’s future success.

It was pleasing to see the high-quality research of medical research institutes recognised in the Statement, along with the increasingly important role of not-for-profits in undertaking research.

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

Seven prizes are awarded annually to Australian citizens or permanent residents recognising the contributions that our scientists, innovators and science teachers are making to Australia’s current and future scientific capabilities.

Nominators should read the relevant guidelines for their chosen prize and submit their nomination online. Nominations close on 12 April.

Privacy in Research – What you need to know workshop, Melbourne, 27 March
AAMRI members are being offered discounted places at this workshop, which is specially designed to explain federal and local jurisdictional privacy law, and its application to research. This workshop is applicable to anyone involved in research design, conduct, ethical review and governance. Email mgentgall@praxisaustralia.com.au to access the AAMRI member discount.

Call for abstracts: Innovations in Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Forum
This forum is an opportunity for clinicians, Aboriginal health workers, managers and researchers to showcase their work. Submissions for abstracts close on 31 March, with the forum to be held in Sydney on 20 June.