What’s the fuss about the Medical Research Future Fund?

Statement on the Senate voting in favour of MRFF

The George Institute for Global Health welcomes today’s vote by the Australian Senate in favour of establishing the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Executive Director of the George Institute Australia, Professor Vlado Perkovic, said the MRFF would help to ensure a bright future for the millions of people who are beneficiaries and the sector.

“Medical research will help find ways to make the lives of all Australians healthier, and to support and improve frontline health services,” Prof Perkovic said.

“Australia is a world leader in this area, with advances that come from research saving lives and benefiting all Australians.

“Proper funding will ensure that we continue to lead the world and provide quality outcomes.

“The MRFF is quite visionary, and money that goes into the fund will generate massive returns for generations, through better health as well as improved and more efficient health maintenance and care.

“The George Institute conducts targeted, innovative health research aimed at reducing the burden of the leading causes of death and disability in Australia and around the world, and to ensure all Australians have access to efficient, safe and effective health care.

“For the past 16 years our research has influenced medical guidelines and practice and changed thinking about some of the most common prevention strategies and medical treatments around the world.

“We look forward to opportunities to extend our research and its impact through the MRFF.”

Read our submission to the MRFF from July 17, 2015 (PDF 82KB)