AusBiotech supports Research Australia’s pre-Election statement on behalf of the Australian health and medical research sector, calling for reforms to ensure research priorities better meet health system and population needs and maximises economic opportunities.
Research Australia is the national peak body for health and medical research and represents all stages of the sector. The statement is made on behalf of the broad cross-section of researchers and innovators across the pipeline, including industry.
Research Australia CEO Nadia Levin said, “Australia must have a clearly articulated national approach to supporting a sustainable research ecosystem with a focus on excellence in fundamental and translational research and areas of global competitive advantage.”
“There are significant opportunities for real economic stimulus and jobs growth across Australia’s health and medical research pipeline. Short and long-term reforms are needed to harness the skills and talent that can help us realise the ambition of a world’s best health system.”
The statement presents four recommendations to seize the significant opportunities across Australia’s growing health and medical research sector.
- A National HMR and innovation strategy that ensures research priorities better meet health system and population needs and maximises economic opportunities.
- A national HMR Workforce Plan that attracts and supports a highly-skilled, sustainable research workforce with circular mobility between academia and industry.
- Consumers as co-designers of research to enable researchers and consumers to meaningfully engage in research co-design by ensuring they have the skills to improve research translation and Australians’ health.
- Australia as a global health innovator to systematically build Australia’s capacity in medical commercialisation and medical manufacturing to meet local demand, grow industries and jobs, and build export markets for products and services.
To read Research Australia’s full pre-Election statement, click here.