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CERA commends maintenance of research funding

CERA has welcomed the decision by the Australian government to maintain medical research funding in the 2011-12 budget.image-tools (9)

Budget papers released yesterday indicate that the government has listened to nation-wide protests over rumored cuts of up to $400 million to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

In other welcome news, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler MP has announced a strategic review of funding to Australia’s medical research sector in a bid to improve the system.

Commenting on the Discoveries Need Dollars campaign, organised to protest potential cuts, Minister Butler praised the campaign which he said highlighted the passion of the medical research sector and lifted its profile in the community. Minister Butler’s announcement can be viewed here.

CERA Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston said he is delighted by the announcement and the government’s continued commitment to the sector.

“Funding of Australian medical research is an investment that results in immeasurable returns for the community by improving health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and boosting the economy,” Professor Crowston said.

“It’s in everybody’s best interests to invest in medical research and I commend the government on making this important decision,” he said.

Professor Crowston is also encouraged by the proposed review into the medical research sector.

“CERA looks forward to contributing where we can to the upcoming review and we thank the Minister for his support of our work.”

Visit www.discoveriesneeddollars.org for more information.