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$100 million for medical research.

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MEDIA RELEASE Minister for Health and Ageing

Tony Abbott MHR

6 July 2005 ABB085/05

$100 million for medical research

The Commonwealth Government has allocated more than $100 million for leading medical research and clinical trials including leukaemia, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, maternal health, arthritis and melanoma.

The Government, through the National Health and Medical Research Council, has today announced the successful recipients of grants for medical research of $80 million, funding for new equipment totalling $9 million, almost $10 million to support existing clinical trials and grants of $2.5 million for researchers to transform their work into commercial products.

This significant investment in medical research underlines the Howard Government’s commitment to ensuring that Australia remains a world leader in health and medical research.

On a per capita basis, Australia’s research output is twice the OECD average. Investment in health and medical research makes good health and economic sense. This calendar year, the Government will invest nearly $500 million in health and medical research.

More than 60 universities and research institutes have received funding for medical research, clinical trials and/or equipment upgrades including: the University of Sydney; University of NSW; University of Melbourne; Monash University; University of Adelaide; Queensland University of Technology; University of Newcastle; ANU; University of Tasmania; Curtin University of Technology; Flinders University; Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University; Queensland Institute of Medical Research; Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; Garvan Institute of Medical Research; Baker Heart Research Institute; St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research; Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research; Walter and Eliza Hall Institute; Woolcock Institute of Medical research; and the Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society.

A list of successful recipients and descriptions of the research projects (categorised by state and territory) can be found at or

Media contact: Kate Miranda, 0417 425 227