The national peak body for health and medical research innovation, Research Australia, has announced it will once again hold a Pre-Election Summit ahead of the upcoming Federal Election.

The Pre-Election Summit, to be held on 8 October at Old Parliament House in Canberra, will bring the health and medical research sector and Federal parliamentarians together to discuss the important reforms needed over the term of the next Parliament to strengthen the sector.

Research Australia’s Summit will explore a number of key themes, including smarter investment in medical research and innovation; workforce needs; how to better incentivise health system research activity; and key challenges and opportunities for industry.

“Around $9.5B is invested in health and medical research (HMR) each year, with the sector accounting for around 23% of all research and development (R&D) in Australia. Considering this significant investment, Research Australia takes its role as the national peak body very seriously as investment in HMR has the potential to return real outcomes for patients and provide new export opportunities”. said Nadia Levin, CEO & Managing Director, Research Australia

“The Pre-Election Summit is always a key event on not only Research Australia’s calendar, but also for the whole health and medical research and innovation sector.

As we head into an election cycle where we are facing budgetary restraints and a health system crisis, it is important for the whole sector to come together to advocate for key reforms as we know that investment in research is the most important thing the Australian Government can do to not only improve health outcomes for Australians but to improve our health system,” Ms Levin said.

The event will take place on 8 October 2024 at Old Parliament House. More information will be provided closer to the event.

Research Australia is the national peak body for health and medical research and innovation, we are unique in being the united voice of organisations across the entire health and medical research pipeline, including universities; medical research institutes; the pharmaceutical, medical technology and biotechnology sectors; consumer groups; and health corporates. This year we will be celebrating 21 years of the Health and Medical Research Awards.


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