The University of Newcastle applauds the commitment to high quality medical research demonstrated in the NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review 2012 and the State Government’s response.
The Honourable Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, delivered the reports yesterday.
Professor Nicholas Talley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University’s Faculty of Health, said he was delighted with the visionary review and the Government’s response.
“In a challenging budgetary climate, I am particularly happy to see a commitment of an additional $70 million over the next four years to fund key research and development initiatives, including the proposed Office for Health and Medical Research,” he said.
“Together with its ongoing $200 million annual investment, the Government is recognising the strength of health and medical research in New South Wales and challenging the State to move to a position of national leadership in this field.
”More than 60 per cent of the University’s research is in the health and medical field, bringing together scientists under the umbrella of the Hunter Medical Research Institute. The University is recognised as a global leader in asthma, cancer and stroke research.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mike Calford said the review and the Government response were extremely positive for health and medical research in NSW.
“As Chairman of the review, Mr Peter Wills AC has demonstrated excellent leadership and produced far-reaching and achievable recommendations.
“I congratulate the Minister on the foresight that enabled the review and on the strong response to its recommendations,” he said.
For more information: Visit the NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review 2012 and the NSW Government Response to the Review.
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