Medical research sector welcomes Coalition support

Medical research sector welcomes Coalition support

30th January, 2013

The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), the peak body for Australia’s 41 independent medial research institutes, has welcomed the Coalition’s announcement today that they would protect medical research funding.

“A commitment to Australian medical research is a commitment to the future health and prosperity of all Australians,” said AAMRI President, Professor Brendan Crabb.

Professor Crabb said today’s strong commitment by the Coalition to maintaining Australia’s investment in medical research is an important acknowledgement of the vital role research plays in the country’s future.

“Government investment in research helps to keep Australian people, and our economy, healthy in the long run, so we welcome the Coalition’s announcement today.

“With Government expenditure on health predicted to increase five-fold by 2050, we urgently need to reduce the burden of disease of an ageing population, and improve the effectiveness of health care.

“This doesn’t happen by accident.  New knowledge that contributes to disease prevention and treatments is required to improve Australia’s health services and protect our quality of life,” Professor Crabb said.

Professor Crabb said the Coalition’s commitment offered the prospect of funding certainty for the sector, which could encourage further private sector investment and provide a strong incentive for Australian researchers to remain here rather than move overseas.

“Australia gets a big ‘bang for its buck’ in our research spending – strong ongoing investment by successive governments has ensured we punch well above our weight worldwide in new discoveries.  This investment delivers a huge return for our nation.”