Hunt, King and Di Natale to address Research Australia’s Pre-election Summit

Next week Research Australia will be using our unique convening power to bring together key representative organisations from across the health and medical research pipeline to identify the key issues that unite us as we approach the next federal election.

Our inaugural Pre-Election Summit will be held at Old Parliament house in Canberra, where we will work with the representatives to capture the issues our sector wants commitment to – from a future Australian Government of any political persuasion. The Summit is another example of our efforts to advocating for sector-wide positions on government policies on behalf of and in conjunction with our members.

The organisations represented at the workshop include:

  • ARCS Australia
  • Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes
  • AusBiotech
  • Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Australian Clinical Trials Alliance
  • Australian Health Economics Society
  • Australian Venture Capitalists Association Ltd
  • Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • Australian Society for Medical Research
  • Medicines Australia
  • Medical Technology Association of Australia
  • Rare Voices Australia

On the day, there will also be presentations and messages from:

  • Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health
  • Hon Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Health
  • Senator Hon Dr Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens
  • Professor Frank Gannon, Director and CEO, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Terry Barnes, Social Policy Consultant, Cormorant Policy Advice
  • Professor Garry Jennings AO, Executive Director, Sydney Health Partners

We would like to thank all members who responded to our recent communication asking for input to the priorities and discussion agenda for the day. You have helped shaped the issues to be discussed on the day, which will include:

  • A bipartisan commitment to the Medical Research Future Fund reaching $20bn in funds under management by 2021.
  • Sustainable, predictable research and development tax-incentives.
  • A renewed commitment to strengthening Australia’s international attractiveness as a destination for clinical trials
  • A bipartisan commitment to the national roll-out of My Health Record and the secondary use of deidentified My Health Record data for research purposes.

Please follow Research Australia’s Twitter account @ResAustralia on the day for live updates from the Pre-election Summit.

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