06 September 2011
Record investment and more certainty for medical research
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will invest a massive $105.6 million in medical research in the 2011-12 Budget, significantly more than the previous Labor Government, the Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, said today.
This includes $32 million for the Medical Research Support Program which supports infrastructure and operating costs for 17 medical research institutes across NSW.
Mrs Skinner said she was thrilled to commit these record funds for medical research - a vital aspect of health care in this state.
“Our highly-talented medical researchers can rest assured the NSW Government understands the life-changing difference their work makes,” she said.
Major investments in Medical Research in 2011-12 include:
“I know that it is research that brings us life-saving treatments, medicines and equipment which improve patient outcomes,” Mrs Skinner said
“I am delighted today to back-up my passion for medical research with a significant expenditure of funds to ensure NSW can compete on a world stage,” she said.
“This record investment supports research that will deliver practical benefits to the people of NSW. This will occur through advancements in treatments for cancer, neurological disorders, spinal cord injury, obesity, respiratory disorders and other chronic diseases.
“The NSW Government has also established an Office for Medical Research and is developing our first 10-year Health and Medical Research Strategic Plan.”