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National clinical trials network.

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JULIA GILLARD M.P. Manager of Opposition Business Shadow Minister for Health

10 July 2006


Kim Beazley’s plan to kick start the next generation of innovation in the private sector and reform R & D investment arrangements will deliver great benefits in health and medical research.

Labor is determined to build an innovative future in health and medical research.

Many of the world’s great discoveries have come from Australian scientists and medical researchers.

However, it takes more than Aussie brilliance and dedication to achieve breakthroughs. Labor understands that funding and facilities are critical to the development of new medicines, vaccines and medical technologies.

Australia is often overlooked by large multinational pharmaceutical companies as a site for clinical trials.

A Beazley Labor Government will fund a new National Clinical Trials Network in public teaching hospitals.

This would support the development and clinical testing of new products in Australia. A plan to give patients quicker access to life-saving treatments while keeping our intellectual property here.

A Federal Labor Government will invest $6 million a year to support the establishment and operation of clinical studies as well as the collection and analysis of medical data.

A Beazley Labor Government will also establish a dedicated Health and Medical Enterprise Connect.

This would enable small and medium bio-technology firms to negotiate access to equipment and technology already available in facilities across Australia to further their important research.

This will open the doors to global companies involved in drug development, also encouraging them to undertake post-screening clinical trials here.

A Beazley Labor Government will build an innovative future for Aussie ideas in health and medical research.

Contact: Kimberley Gardiner: 0417 428 123

10 July 2006