Building Health And Medical Research Infrastructure Capacity

Australia must invest now in building and expanding our health and medical research infrastructure if we’re to benefit from new and innovative medicines and treatments in the future.

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8 May 2007
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Australia must invest now in building and expanding our health and medical research infrastructure if we’re to benefit from new and innovative medicines and treatments in the future.

The Commonwealth Government is therefore tonight announcing the allocation of an additional $485.8 million in grants to medical research facilities.

Grants totalling $435.8 million includes:

  • $100 million for the Western Australian Institutes for Health
  • $100 million for Princess Alexandra Hospital and University of Queensland
  • $55 million for Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • $50 million for Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • $30 million for the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute
  • $19.5 million for the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Murdoch University
  • $15 million for the Westmead Millennium Institute
  • $15 million for the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute
  • $14 million for the Baker Heart Research Institute
  • $10 million for the Sydney Cancer Centre
  • $10 million for the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer
  • $6 million for the Brain and Mind Research Institute
  • $6 million for the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health
  • $5.3 million for the Menzies School of Health Research
The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, also announced $50 million in Commonwealth Government funding to contribute to the operating costs of the Australian Synchrotron. The Synchrotron will be a world-class facility performing leading-edge science, and this funding, together with the $435.8 million in grants to other facilities, will help keep Australia at the forefront of world-class research.

Australia is a world leader in the fields of health and medical research and the Government is determined to ensure Australia remains at the international forefront of advances in health and medical technology.

The funding will enable these research facilities to improve their capacity to undertake quality research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

These grants build on the Government’s strong and consistent record of support for the health and medical research sector.

In 2006, $215 million was provided for infrastructure for 19 medical research facilities to support them to undertake capital works and build important medical research capacity.

From 1995-96 through to 2009-10, there will be a five-fold increase in the Commonwealth Government’s investment in health and medical research. Funding for medical research grants through the National Health and Medical Research Council will have increased to approximately $700 million per annum by 2009-10.

Media Contact: Claire Kimball 0413 486 926

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