The 2019-20 Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 2 April, brings some welcome news for health and medical sciences, but overall presents a mixed picture for Australian research and innovation. Responding to the Budget, the Academy’s President, Professor Ian Frazer AC, today said: “The government’s 10 year commitment to the Medical Research Future Fund, with further […]

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The Academy is delighted to announce the election of two new State Branch Chairs, who assume their new roles today, Monday 4 March 2019. In our NSW/ACT Branch, Professor Tony Cunningham AO FAHMS is the new Chair, replacing Professor Maree Teesson AC FAHMS FASSA. In our SA/NT Branch, Professor Maria Makrides FAHMS becomes Chair, in […]

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The Academy is calling for decisive action to ensure Australia retains and improves its competitive edge in the health and medical sciences, in the face of intensifying global competition. In a statement published today ahead of the forthcoming Federal election, the Academy has outlined five priorities for Government to ensure Australia remains a global leader […]

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We are delighted that 14 of our Fellows have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Two of our Fellows received the highest honour – appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). Professor Kathryn North, who is a member of the Academy’s Council, was appointed AC for her eminent service to genomic […]

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The Academy is delighted to see the publication of the second set of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Priorities, which will determine how the fund is spent over the next two years. The MRFF is a $20 billion vehicle that aims to transform health and medical research and innovation in Australia. The Academy’s President Elect, […]

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The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences expresses concern regarding the news that Ministerial veto was applied to grants worth $4.2 million, which had been recommended for funding by the Australia Research Council, without communication of this decision or the reason for it to the applicants or their institutions. The grants had been recommended […]

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The Academy is delighted to announce Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO FRS FAA FAHMS as our President Elect. She will formally take up the role of President at our AGM in October 2019, when Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS FAA FTSE FAHMS steps down as President. Professor Scheffer is Chair of Paediatric Neurology Research at The University of Melbourne and […]

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The Academy has responded to a consultation on the Women in STEM Decadal Plan, a 10-year roadmap jointly led by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The plan aims to reduce gender barriers and boost female participation in the STEM. In our response, the Academy highlights the opportunity […]

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The Academy has responded to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training’s inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research, highlighting that: Research and innovation drive economic growth, create jobs and bring considerable societal benefits through the translation of research findings. Efficiency and impact of research funding will be maximised through long-term investment that […]

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