NZ med­i­cal re­search fund­ing lags be­hind

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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.

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