Invest INVEST 3% OF TOTAL HEALTH EXPENDITURE Australia’s current investment into health and medical research through the NHMRC and MRFF equates to 0.53% of total health expenditure.

ASMR’s recommendation is to lift this investment to 3% of total health expenditure.
MRFF FULL CAPITALSATION OF THE MRFF The ASMR seeks commitment to full capitalisation of the MRFF to support research translation and implementation as an integral part of the research pipeline Peer PROTECT INTEGRITY OF PEER REVIEW FOR RESEARCH FUNDING All decisions to award public funds to research should only be made following a rigorous and transparent process of independent expert review of applications, free from any political interference on the awarding of research funds. Support NHMRC SUPPORT THE OFFICE OF THE NHMRC To maintain the rigorous grant assessment processes for which the NHMRC is renowned, the budget of the office of the NHMRC should be increased and adequate resourcing provided as needed.

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The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research.

In addition to direct members, ASMR represents an additional 20,000 medical researchers, involved in health and medical research through seventy-five (75) affiliated professional societies, institutes and Medical Colleges. Corporate and disease related foundation memberships bring a further 100,000 Australians with an interest in health and medical research into the ASMR network.

The Society has a long established role in scientific, political and public advocacy.

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