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2011 Federal Budget: Medical research funding

11/May/2011  

Lorimer Dods Professor and Director of Children’s Medical Research Institute, Roger Reddel today welcomed the decision by Federal Government to protect the health of all Australians by maintaining funding for medical research in its 2011 Budget.

The Budget papers show a 4% increase for medical research funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which is in line with inflation. This means that federal government support for medical research will be essentially unchanged in real terms.

“This is a positive outcome for all Australians and CMRI is delighted with the news.  Previous reports had indicated that cuts were planned, putting the future health of Australians at risk,” said Professor Reddel. 

“I’m pleased that Federal Government has listened to the community, many of whom included our own CMRI supporters, who came out in force to rally for medical research.”
 
In April, CMRI joined forces with other medical research institutes throughout Australia to raise awareness of the importance of medical research which resulted in an outpouring of public support across the nation.

Despite the latest funding update, Professor Reddel urged the community not to become complacent.  “Medical research requires ongoing funding to ensure that we are using the latest technologies and equipment to deliver the best results.  In addition, less than one in three NHMRC projects judged by experts to be worthy of funding is able to be supported by NHMRC. 

“I thank all of our CMRI supporters for their continued generosity and commitment to medical research,” he said.

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