World-class med­i­cal re­search

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THE State Op­po­si­tion has wel­comed the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to boost med­i­cal re­search as part of the Fed­eral Boost­ing the Com­mer­cial Re­turns from Re­search ini­tia­tive.

Shadow Health Min­is­ter Mark McAr­dle said the $20 bil­lion Med­i­cal Re­search Fu­ture Fund would add to the state LNP’s own ini­tia­tives to sup­port med­i­cal re­search.

“Med­i­cal re­search trans­lates into bet­ter out­comes for Queens­land pa­tients is vi­tal and we recog­nise the im­por­tance of this job-cre­at­ing industry that em­ploys more than 23,000 re­search pro­fes­sion­als who sup­port a medicines industry of more than 40,000 peo­ple,” Mr McAr­dle said.

This is a vi­tal fund that will sup­port Queens­land re­searchers to im­prove di­ag­nos­tics, treat­ments and even find cures for some of our most in­tractable dis­eases.

The fund will help Aus­tralia to main­tain a world-class med­i­cal re­search sec­tor, with ac­cess to cut­ting edge in­no­va­tion and clin­i­cal break­throughs in our hos­pi­tals.

“We con­grat­u­late the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment on its com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a health sys­tem of the fu­ture,” he said.

IT and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter John McVeigh said the Boost­ing the Com­mer­cial Re­turns from Re­search ini­tia­tive used good ideas and re­search to lift Aus­tralia’s com­mer­cial rank­ing world-wide.

“By cap­i­tal­is­ing on the shift of many world economies ... we can un­leash Queens­land’s po­ten­tial and de­liver the jobs Queens­lan­ders need,” McVeigh said.

PHOTO: DANIEL HARKIN ROK150715DGAMMACAM

COM­MIT­MENT: The Med­i­cal Re­search Fu­ture Fund boosts med­i­cal re­search.

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