Medical research saves lives

24 Mar 2011

Australia’s medical and health research is vital to the health and welfare of Australians as well as to the Australian economy.

The Group of Eight (Go8) universities support today’s open letter to Members of Parliament about the importance of investing in health and medical research.

The letter highlights the fact that Australian medical innovations save lives, reduce healthcare costs, attract international investment and create jobs.

The recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) process highlighted that medical and health research conducted in Australian universities is well above world average standard especially in cardiovascular medicine and haematology, immunology, oncology and carcinogenesis and medical physiology.

Continued public investment in medical research is essential for maintaining Australia at the cutting edge of healthcare innovation and delivery.


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