Making things in Melbourne: once motors now medtech

The Vic Government is backing a $10.77m skills and device hub at Uni Melbourne, to develop training courses, degrees and internships in medtech

With admirable confidence the university announces, “ it will deliver up to a dozen investment-ready start-ups and 1,000 industry-based training places and support local companies to develop and manufacture medtech products onshore and expand exports to the booming global market.”

It will also “develop and deliver” training to meet medtech manufacturers’ needs

Partners in the project include, RMIT, Swinburne U and MTP Connect, the medtech and pharma partner in the Commonwealth’s Industry Growth Centres.

It’s another state government move to make Melbourne (as in the city) a global med research centre, with a ten year strategy which claims every $1 invested generates $3.90 in economic activity.

And it’s Labor to its surgical clogs. After WWII Ben Chifley wanted car-making in Melbourne, in response to the supply-chain shock of WWII. Now its medicines and med tech in response to Covid.