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The George Institute, Australia welcomes the Senate report on the obesity epidemic into Australia, released December 2018. The report has recommended a range of measures, including the establishment of a national obesity taskforce, that we support and would like to see greater investment in.

On Wednesday 5 December 2018, The George Institute for Global Health community came together to celebrate the 2018 John Yu Medal awardee Mrs Gabi Hollows AO significant impact on ensuring access to the prevention and treatments for curable blindness.

Professor Vlado Perkovic, Executive Director of The George Institute, Australia, takes on the role of President of The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI).

The Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Brendan Murphy, highlighted the challenges of meeting the global non-communicable disease (NCD) targets needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying there is strong commitment from all Australian governments to increase the national effort in addressing NCDs, in particular by implementing a number of strategic action plans that have been completed or are in development.

The George Institute for Global Health reiterates our strong endorsement of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and supports the call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in Australia’s Constitution.

The George Institute’s Professor Anthony Rodgers has just been elected a new Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).

The George Institute, Australia, hosted on 4 October an in-depth Q and A conversation, Health in 21st Century Australia, between Greens Leader, Senator Richard Di Natale and Deputy Executive Director of The George Institute, Australia, Professor Bruce Neal. They discussed health priorities in modern Australia. Guests included healthcare professionals, advocates, policymakers, consumers and health researchers.

New South Wales Minister for Health and Medical Research The Hon Brad Hazzard has announced Ellen Medical Devices, the developer of The George Institute’s affordable dialysis system, as a recipient of a grant from the 2018 NSW Medical Devices Fund.

Director of Research Strategy and Services, Peter Dolnik, represented The George Institute at an important roundtable discussion as part of the Inquiry into Australia’s Research Funding on 7 August in Sydney.

Deputy Director Professor Bruce Neal appeared before the Senate Select Committee on behalf of The George Institute for Global Health to discuss solutions to the growing epidemic.

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