The Medical Research Future Fund is charged with translating research from lab to market but Research Australia wants another pathway, a primary healthcare research agenda, and a new institute to run it
RA (“representing the whole of the health and medical research pipeline”) makes the call as the Commonwealth considers a 10-year primary healthcare national plan.
The lobby proposes an institute for primary health care translational research, combining academic investigation and practise.
“Research is often perceived as being the remit of academics and experts outside the health system, based in theory, with innovation the advances and improvement that arise from within, based on practical experience. It is important that the proposed Institute avoids any (false) demarcation between these two,”
“Beyond a research aware workforce, we need more of the workforce to be research active,” RA suggests.