Key messages

  • The Victorian Government has released Healthier lives, stronger economy: Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-20
  • The strategy outlines the Government’s key priorities over the next four years to support new and evolving fields of world-class medical research such as precision medicine, health services research and big data. 
  • This strategy will create jobs and deliver economic benefits for Victoria and the nation by investing in areas of excellence and addressing areas in need of further development. 
 

Victoria is a world leader in health and medical research. To build on this success, and to prepare the state for the national and international opportunities on offer, the Victorian Government has released Healthier lives, stronger economy: Victoria's Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020.

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 such as precision medicine, health services research and big data.

This is the first time in 10 years that a health and medical research strategy has been developed for Victoria. This strategy will create jobs and deliver economic benefits for Victoria and the nation by investing in areas of excellence and addressing areas in need of further development.

For more information contact the Office of Health and Medical Research on telephone (03) 9096 1790.

Frequently asked questions

What is Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020?

Healthier lives, stronger economy: Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-20 (the Strategy) is designed to accelerate the translation of health and medical research into clinical practice. 

Victoria is a world leader in health and medical research. This strategy will ensure we continue to build on this success, and prepare the state for the national and international opportunities on offer.

The strategy outlines the Government’s key priorities over the next four years to support new and evolving fields of world-class medical research such as precision medicine, health services research and big data. 

This strategy will create jobs and deliver economic benefits for Victoria and the nation by investing in areas of excellence and addressing areas in need of further development. 

What are the objectives of the Strategy and how will they be achieved? 

The objectives of the Strategy are to:

  • Embed health and medical research into the Victorian health system
  • Accelerate the translation of research into clinical practice
  • Advance Victoria’s position as the lead national jurisdiction for health and medical research
  • build economic growth.

These objectives will be achieved by: 

  • Integrating research, education and healthcare 
  • Developing an advanced convergence science capability 
  • Enhancing Victoria’s clinical trials system
  • Working towards optimising big data and informatics
  • Developing the next generation workforce 
  • Stimulating engagement between researchers and industry to facilitate innovation.

Why was the Strategy developed? 

Victoria is a world leader in health and medical research. This strategy will ensure we continue to build on this success, and prepare the state for the national and international opportunities on offer.

The strategy will also help us respond to the pressures facing our health system. We know that healthcare in Victoria and around the world is evolving. The challenges associated with an ageing population, a growing incidence of lifestyle-related chronic disease, and the need to address new and emerging infectious disease threats is placing mounting pressures on the health system.

The Victorian Government is committed to establishing a more strategic approach to address these global challenges. Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy is one of a number of strategies that have been developed across Government to improve health outcomes and build economic growth. 

How was the Strategy developed? 

This is the first time in 10 years that a health and medical research strategy has been developed by a Victorian Government. This has led to an enthusiastic response from the sector, which has played a significant part in the development of the Strategy. 

Consultation with the health and medical research sector was critical to developing a representative and comprehensive strategy to drive our sector forward. This included a stakeholder roundtable, led by the Minister for Health and the Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, and a subsequent release of a discussion paper which received 80 submissions.  

Ongoing sector and interdepartmental consultation has occurred throughout the development of the strategy. 

How much has been budgeted for Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy? 

The 2016-17 State Budget provides an additional $19.796 million over four years (and $5.124 million ongoing) to fund the following key initiatives: 

  • the $600,000 per annum Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Program 
  • consolidation of the administrative functions of clinical trials by supporting the operations of the Streamlining Clinical Trial Research Program within the Department of Health and Human Services
  • the $3 million per annum Medical Research Acceleration Fund.

Other key health and medical research-related 2016-17 Budget commitments include: 

  • $150 million to build Australia’s first stand-alone heart hospital which will also house the Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre 
  • $60 million to transform Orygen Youth Health’s Parkville facility, the world’s largest international research institute for youth mental health 
  • $60 million towards the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, subject to a $60 million matched commitment from the Commonwealth Government 
  • $10 million for the Better Care Victoria Innovation Fund to invest in public hospital-led improvement and innovation projects which will enhance access to hospitals, and improve quality of care and hospital performance 
  • $5 million to progress an electronic medical records system for hospitals in Parkville.

What are the expected outcomes? 

The Strategy, in combination with a number of priority Future Industries Sector Strategies and Victoria’s International Health Strategy 2016-2020, plans to deliver the following key health and economic outputs and objectives: 

  • a coordinated, state-wide research translation model which will attract partnerships with industry and the philanthropic and investment sectors and deliver improved health and wellbeing through increased knowledge, innovation and productivity 
  • improved evidence to inform public health, policy and clinical decision making
  • increased international competitiveness regarding clinical trials and attraction of a greater volume of clinical trials to Victoria
  • increased ability of Victorian research organisations to leverage non-Government funding (e.g. philanthropic, industry) 
  • increased ability to attract and retain highly skilled health and medical researchers by providing an environment that facilitates education, training and career development in academia, health services, government and/or industry and 
  • increased likelihood of commercialisation success with new therapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics.