McKeon Review stresses the need for properly resourced health and medical research

1 Nov 2020

AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said today that the AMA strongly endorses the overall vision of the McKeon Review to embed medical and health research into all aspects of the health system.

The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today released the McKeon Review report, Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research – Better Health through Research.

Professor Dobb said that the AMA believes that increased support for health and medical research in areas such as child health, chronic disease, primary care, clinical trials, and basic epidemiological and laboratory research is essential if Australia is to gain maximum benefit from the medical expertise that exists in our hospitals, universities and in the community.

“We will closely examine the detailed recommendations of the McKeon Review report and provide feedback to the Government on how the AMA thinks the community can derive maximum benefit from a strong investment in health and medical research,” Professor Dobb said.

“The AMA will encourage the State and Territory governments, which have responsibility for managing the public hospital system, to take seriously the vision of embedding research into all aspects of the health system.

“The Government must also commit to expanding Australian health and medical research through growth in long-term and recurrent funding, especially through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

“We congratulate the Government and the McKeon Review for putting a much-needed focus on health and medical research and for stimulating further public and political debate on this important subject.”

 5 April 2013

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