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Victoria's health and medical research strategy launched

Minister Hennessy at the strategy launch

The Victorian Government today launched its Health and Medical Research Strategy, which promises more than $20 million in investment to ensure that Victoria continues to be a world leader in the field.

Healthier Lives, Stronger Economy: Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020 outlines the Government’s key priorities over the next four years to support new and evolving fields of world-class medical research including genomics, precision medicine, health services research and big data.

“With the best clinicians, scientists and researchers, our world-class biotechnology research institutes and famous Parkville precinct, Melbourne is a world leader in health and medical research – and this strategy will only make us stronger,” said Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.

“This is about supporting our renowned researchers and institutions to develop and fast-track cutting-edge treatments and technology to change the lives of patients for the better.”

The strategy details six priority areas focusing on how Victoria will develop the workforce of the future, integrate research, education and health, develop advanced convergence science, stimulate more industry engagement, attract more clinical trials and optimise big data and informatics.

[Image: Health Minister Jill Hennessy meets with Shane and his daughter Becky, who recently gained a diagnosis from genomic sequencing. Read more about Becky's story.]