Brendan Murphy Chief Medical Officer of Australia
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[Images move through of an audience in an auditorium, a data screen on the stage, Professor Brendan Murphy talking at a podium on the stage, and then talking to the camera and text appears: Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health]

Professor Brendan Murphy: There’s been some really exciting and game-changing discoveries in Australia and with the new support from the MRFF we can only expect that to increase.

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My involvement with the Medical Research Future Fund is an advisory role and I’m the Principal Clinical Advisor to the Department of Health and Government.

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Without the Medical Research Future Fund we would still have untapped potential in our researchers that couldn’t properly be realised because of the lack of funding and particularly the lack of directed funding towards translational research which they so sorely need.

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Medical Research Future Fund foremost represents a doubling of the investment in medical research in Australia and that is a huge and significant initiative.

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There is a new and important focus on translational research.

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It’s getting research from the lab through to the bedside which is fundamentally a gap in many research programs and solving those problems that will lead to better health for the community, not just the Australian community but around the world.

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Australia has always punched above its weight in medical research, finding opportunities for those brilliant young scientists to do more and better research.

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Support is fundamentally money.

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Money for those brilliant Australian researchers, sometimes for clinicians to stay involved in research, it’s sometimes just for those researchers who have the capacity to do more.

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Medical research benefits our nation and its people in so many ways.

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It enhances the intellectual assets of our research community.

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We have such a brilliant research community and it enables them to deliver and develop and that is very good generally for our academic environments.

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But most importantly medical research is providing new treatments and new diagnosis and things that will improve the lives of everyday Australians. And there are so many examples of Australian discoveries that have led to radically changed treatments across the world.

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That’s why people are in medical research.

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They want to treat things that are currently untreatable, or treat things better, diagnose things that aren’t currently diagnosable and improve the lives of our community.

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Professor Brendan Murphy (Chief Medical Officer, Australian Government Department of Health) explains how funding from the Medical Research Future Fund fills gaps in research programs and leads to better health for people in Australia and around the world.