The Australian Government’s investment in health and medical research infrastructure will mean better health care for all Australians in the future, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said today.
Ms Plibersek was joined by Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, and Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, to officially open the third and final stage of The John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra.
“The Australian Government understands that if we are to build a better, and healthier, future for Australians, we need to make a considerable investment in health and medical research,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Under our $5 billion Health and Hospitals Fund we have set aside $700 million to build research infrastructure, including $60 million for The John Curtin School of Medical Research redevelopment project.”
The John Curtin School of Medical Research is Australia's national medical research institute, with three Nobel Prize winners, including Sir John Eccles, to its credit.
Dr Leigh said the new facilities would only add to the School’s reputation for carrying out world class, cutting edge research.
“The third wing of the now completed John Curtin School of Medical Research will house, along with other laboratories and research suites, the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, which will provide exceptional facilities for ANU neuroscientists researching such diverse areas as vision, blood pressure and epilepsy.”
Ms Brodtmann said that in addition to building infrastructure, the Australian Government also provides significant support for medical research activities.
“Our infrastructure investment is complemented by an ongoing commitment to significant investment in medical research - we have increased funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council from $715 million in 2010-11 to just over $746 million in 2011-12, an increase of 4.3 per cent,” she said.
“The Government is determined that Australia remains at the forefront of world class health and medical research.
“To ensure this happens, we have commissioned an independent strategic review of health and medical research, due to be presented by the end of this year, to help prepare a 10-year strategic health and medical research plan for the nation.”