In October 2023, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences responded to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources consultation Understanding our RNA potential discussion paper.
We strongly support the Department’s efforts to unleash the nation’s RNA potential and to bring together a clearer picture of the technologies and approaches currently under development across the country – and the associated opportunities.
The potential applications for RNA technologies to improve human health are significant – both in terms of the potential scale of impact and breadth of application.
Investment in research that has the potential to deliver benefits in the longer term (beyond six years) will be critical to Australia taking a truly strategic approach to developing our RNA sector.
We are already in a strong position to advance certain opportunities that will grow our international contributions and improve health, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and we should approach these opportunities strategically.