AAMRI welcomes recognition of medical research in Rudd Ministry

AAMRI welcomes recognition of medical research in Rudd Ministry

1st July, 2013

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The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP with Prof Brendan Crabb. Photo courtesy of Leigh Atkinson, Imagemakers.

The peak body for Australia’s medical research institutes welcomes the elevation of medical research as part of the new Ministry announced by Prime Minister Rudd today.

AAMRI congratulates Minister Plibersek on her re-appointment to the health portfolio, and welcomes the specific inclusion of medical research in the new Ministry of the Rudd Government.

“It’s especially pleasing to see the words ‘medical research’ in Minister Plibersek’s new title. It is a sign that the Government recognises the significance of medical research to the health and wealth of Australians,” said Professor Brendan Crabb, President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI).

Professor Crabb said that this latest announcement follows a series of positive developments for medical research in the Australian Parliament of recent weeks, most notably the announcement last week by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of the Coalition’s policy to protect and streamline medical research and adopt some of the key recommendations from the McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research.

“We look forward to working with the Minister for Health and Medical Research as she further develops the Rudd Government’s policy in this area, particularly in response to the recently-completed McKeon Review.”

Professor Crabb said that medical research not only provides well-founded hope to many in our community suffering disease and disability, but is also necessary to improve the efficiency of our health system and, over the long term, reduce the burgeoning costs of health care to the Australian tax payer.

 

Contact: Nicole den Elzen, 0431 666 346, nicole.denelzen@aamri.org