Nation-Building – Investing in Health and Medical Research

The Australian Government will draw from the Health and Hospitals Fund to build and upgrade health and medical research and training facilities across the nation, and expand cancer research facilities.

Page last updated: 12 May 2009

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12 May 2009

The Rudd Government will invest $430.3 million to build and upgrade health and medical research and training facilities across Australia, and $596 million to expand cancer research facilities, drawing from the Health and Hospitals Fund.

The upgraded infrastructure will help promote and accelerate new discoveries, and then translate them from basic research into clinical care – from ‘bench to bedside’. It will drive improvements in health care for all Australians, including children, the elderly and Indigenous Australians.

Research facilities will be upgraded in a wide variety of fields from childhood disorders, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis to cancer, obesity and diabetes, and diseases of the brain and mind.

Projects include:

  • $100 million for the new Lifehouse Sydney Cancer Centre at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and $426.1 million for the Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Melbourne. These Integrated Cancer Centres will combine state-of-the-art cancer treatment with cutting edge research;
  • $70 million to expand the Garvan St Vincent’s Cancer Centre in Sydney to enhance its world-class research capacity;
  • $71 million new research facilities within the Monash Hospital Research Precinct, Melbourne;
  • $60 million world-class brain research centre at the Australian National University’s John Curtin School of Medical Research;
  • $46.9 million Ingham Health Research Institute - a multifaceted research facility linked to Sydney’s Liverpool Hospital;
  • $44.7 million health research facility, located close to the Royal Hobart Hospital - focusing on preventing a range of diseases including cancer, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, epilepsy and dementia;
  • $40 million Smart Therapies Institute – a collaboration between the University of Queensland, Mater Medical Research Institute, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland University of Technology and the Queensland Government;
  • $39.8 million to complete the construction and fit out of the Melbourne Neuroscience Project – to undertake research on diseases of the brain and mind;
  • $35 million Hunter Medical Research Institute at Rankin Park, Newcastle – to develop a ‘critical mass’ of more than 340 highly creative and motivated researchers, supported by state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure;
  • $34.2 million Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Health and Education in Darwin;
  • $22.8 million for clinical teaching and research facilities for the University of Notre Dame, at the Auburn Hospital in Western Sydney, and the Werribee Mercy Hospital;
  • $17.2 million for a new clinical school at Nepean Hospital in Sydney;
  • $14 million Northern Health academic and research precinct in the northern suburbs of Melbourne; and
  • $4.7 million state-of-the-art centre at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, based at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, for research into the causes of common disorders in childhood, including childhood cancer, allergy and immune disorders, adolescent depression, obesity and type II diabetes.
The Government will also provide $20 million for a new medical research facility for the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and, through the Education Infrastructure Fund provide $55 million for Smart State Medical Research Centre at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane.

For all inquiries please contact the Minister's office – 02 6277 7220