McKeon Review a powerful blueprint for medical research

McKeon Review a powerful blueprint for medical research

3rd October, 2012

AAMRI welcomes endorsement of role of research in improving the health of all Australians

The McKeon Review draft recommendations have been welcomed as a powerful blueprint for the future of Australia’s health and medical research sector.

The peak body for the nation’s 41 independent medical research institutes has congratulated the panel on the report’s focus on better targeting investment to deliver health and economic outcomes.

“We particularly applaud the panel’s recognition of the role of research in delivering better health for all Australians, and its link to more effective management of our rapidly escalating healthcare costs,” said Professor Julie Campbell, President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI).

“In this context the recommended increase in public sector investment in research is very welcome.

“As the report notes, research plays a huge role in delivering better health and economic outcomes for the Australian community and the McKeon Review panel has recognised this in the detail and breadth of their recommendations,” she said.

Professor Campbell said the recommendations in the report highlighted the clear public benefits of a strong and globally competitive Australian medical research sector.

“The McKeon panel has delivered a strong business case for continued and increasing investment in Australian medical research, and the research community looks forward to renewed and ongoing bipartisan government support on this basis.

“As the first in-depth strategic review of the sector in 15 years this is an opportunity for the government to demonstrate its commitment to leveraging Australia’s strength in health and medical research over the next ten years – we must get this right.”

Professor Campbell commended the government for initiating the McKeon Review and for its commitment to medical research in the face of ongoing budgetary pressures.

“We look forward to receiving the final McKeon Review recommendations and subsequent government action to ensure implementation is a priority across government departments and jurisdictions.”

AAMRI strongly echoes the McKeon panel’s call for:

  • A stronger connection between research and healthcare; including clinical practice being increasingly based on research evidence and research evidence to be translated into clinical practice
  • Increasing  investment in research by 2-3 times over the next 10 years, and ensuring all qualified research institutions receive at least 60% indirect (operational) cost funding  for national competitive grants
  • Reform of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to streamline, empower and better resource it as the nation’s leading research body



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