NZ medical research funding lags behind
New Zealand needs to be addressed,” says Professor Peter Joyce, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Otago.
“Over the next two years, this lack will translate to more of the health workforce moving overseas, attracted by higher levels of funding and the facilities these can provide. This will not only have a huge impact on the level of care available, but will also affect the ability of the academic sector to train new doctors.”
“New Zealand has a unique position in the medical research field, with a highly trained local workforce, and a different disease profile to other OECD countries,” says Professor Ian Reid, Deputy Dean of The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
“To keep up this record, and retain our workforce, we need an immediate 20 percent increase in HRC funding, followed by consistent annual increments of 30 percent per annum. This will bring us closer to other countries, allowing New Zealand to train and retain the workforce and develop the biotechnology sec- tor to meet the country’s needs.”
The report, entitled Health Research: A critical investment for New Zealand, has been presented to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Research Science and Technology.
The comparative figures are published in this week’s New Zealand Medical Journal.