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The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), of which Burnet Institute is a member, has released an Election Statement in the lead-up to the forthcoming Federal election.
The statement outlines key areas any future government must prioritise to give all Australians the best healthcare system in the future.
AAMRI President, Professor Vlado Perkovic said a research-led healthcare system is needed to address the health concerns currently facing Australia.
“More people are expected to be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia, placing a greater strain on our health system,” said Professor Perkovic.
Professor Perkovic believes it’s important to ensure that this initiative is fully funded and efficiently administered.
“We call on all candidates and political parties to commit to fully funding the MRFF, and to ensure that rigorous expert review processes are used to evaluate opportunities and programs,” he said.
“If we do not invest in the future of our mid-career researchers in particular we will see those current and future stars leaving research or moving to take up better supported overseas opportunities.
“These people are some of Australia’s most valuable assets and must be protected and prioritised.”
Click here to read the AAMRI Election Statement.
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