Good News for Medical Research in the 2018 – 2019 Federal Budget!

Attached is a summary from the Association of Australia Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) of the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

The highlights are as follows:

A total of $275.4M will be invested over the forward estimates including:

o Mental health – $125M over 10 years from 2017-18 for a Million Minds  Mental Health Research Mission to support priorities under the fifth Mental  Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

o AHRTCs – $75M over 4 years from 2017-18 to extend the Rapid Applied  Research Translation program that supports Advanced Health Research  Translation Centres and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health

o Preventative health – $18.1M over four years from 2017-18 for a Keeping  Australians Out of Hospital program to support preventive health, behavioural  economics and reduce avoidable presentations to hospital

o Health systems research – $39.8M over four years from 2017-18 for a  Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research program  with a focus on comparative effectiveness studies and consumer-driven  research

o Women’s Health – $17.5M over four years from 2017-18 for research into  Women’s Health and research into Maternal Health and First 2,000 Days to  address the underlying social determinants of health that impact on a child’s  early days in life.