Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

AUS: Fostering Health And Medical Research

The Government has reviewed the most comprehensive report ever undertaken into health and medical research in Australia, endorsing the overwhelming majority of its 120 recommendations.

The strategic review into health and medical research, prepared by Mr Peter Wills, recommends that the Government foster fundamental and priority driven research, make investment in research a more attractive proposition and encourage greater co-ordination between the research community and industry.

To help ensure that we build a knowledge base for the future the Government has established a high level Ministerial Committee to implement a strategic plan for health and medical research.

The Ministerial Committee to implement a strategic plan will include Dr Wooldridge, Senator Minchin, and Dr Kemp, reflecting the joint interest of the health, industry and education portfolios.

This Committee will be supported by an Implementation Group of experts and government officials chaired by Mr Wills.

Today's announcement builds upon the budget decision to allocate $614 million over the next six years to effectively double the budget of the National Health and Medical Research Council by 2005.

The business tax initiatives following the Ralph Report will also encourage Australia's research effort and improve the returns from our world class reputation in biotechnology research.

I want Australia to become a 'can do' country and our response to this report will help turn ideas and invention into income and jobs right here in Australia for Australians.

We are committed to ensuring that Australia benefits from the biotechnology revolution by promoting the industry and improving our regulatory system so that both the environment and public health and safety are better protected.

We also need to do more to encourage the study of science amongst the young, to persuade some of our brightest to choose science as a career and to bring back some of our best we have lost overseas. We are looking at ways to offer researchers better career opportunities consistent with the enormous benefits this field can bring. Research fellowships offered by partnerships between research institutions, industry and private non-profit organisations could be a way forward.

The Government also has a role in fostering public awareness of the benefits of health and medical research, in partnership with industry and the research community. The Government's Community-Business Partnership will be asked to examine the scope for promoting such partnerships in consultation with Peter Wills' Implementation Committee.

I agree with the Wills Review that research needs to be undertaken as part of a virtuous cycle. Consistent with a social coalition what is needed is a mutually reinforcing partnership between the research community, industry and government.

This virtuous cycle has the capacity to underpin the future of health and medical research in Australia, our future as a knowledge based society as well as the prosperity and jobs growth that can flow from our health and medical research industry.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Covid: 250 Groups Urge WTO Chief To Ditch Pharma-Friendly Approach And Embrace Vaccine Patent Waiver

by Jake Johnson, staff writer An international coalition of 250 civil society groups on Tuesday urged the head of the World Trade Organization to embrace a temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccine-related patents, warning against pursuit of a voluntary ... More>>

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More>>

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

C40: UN Secretary-General's Remarks To Meeting With Leading Mayors Supported By Cities

UN Secretary-General's remarks to Meeting with Leading Mayors Supported by C40 Cities: “Advancing a Carbon-Neutral, Resilient Recovery for Cities and Nations” 16 April 2021 Thank you for joining me today, and for your commitment and leadership. Cities ... More>>

Awake At Night: S3-Episode 21: There Is Hope

Brazzaville visit to CSI Pilote du Diabete with Health workers at a local government clinic. 2018 - Photo: ©CSI/Dr. Soumya Swaminathan 'When it comes to a pandemic, it really needs global collaboration and solidarity because the pathogens and viruses More>>

UN: Growing Calls For Revamping Development Financing To Ensure Sustainable Global Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Forum to highlight new initiatives to tackle inequalities exacerbated by pandemic With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders will discuss options to unlock concrete investments ... More>>