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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
WA Labor’s proposal to introduce a Future Health Research and Innovation (HRI) Fund has been welcomed by the Australian Medical Association (WA) as a smart plan for improving the health and wellbeing of all Western Australians.
“WA Labor’s promise of a secure source of funding to generate and nurture research capabilities, develop high-quality infrastructure and initiate world class clinical studies demonstrates its willingness to harness the abundant potential medical and research skills in our State,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said today.
“WA needs to add another economy and culture that does not rely on the vagaries of commodity prices. By further developing our robust medical research community Labor is showing it has plans to be innovative.
“I congratulate Mark McGowan for having the foresight and political will to set WA on this path and build something exciting for the whole community.
“The Future Health Research and Innovation Fund would require legislation to be passed in order to access the current Future Fund, so we would hope that this idea of the WA Labor Party does not get bogged down in parliamentary process and be forgotten after the election,” Dr Miller said.
Data prepared by the National Health and Medical Research Council shows an overall decline in the proportion of medical research allocation in WA falling from almost 9 per cent in 2000 to just 5 per cent in 2015.
“The big concern here is that the small amount of money devoted to research by the current government is dwindling and before long, talented local researchers will follow others who have gone interstate and even overseas.
Not many people realise how successful WA researchers have been but we really do have the start of something very special here,” Dr Miller said.
“Investing in medical research generates positive outcomes for the entire community. It drives down demand and cost of healthcare services; stimulates innovation and diversity; combats and reduces the human cost of chronic illnesses; and would help increase WA’s footprint on the international medical research map.”