Medical research in Victoria is growing quickly, but we need to do more to fast-track research that will benefit us all.
Victoria is a world-leader in medical research. Researchers have discovered new vaccines, drugs and treatments that are saving lives.
But right now, our medical researchers are facing some challenges.
- By 2050, 10 million people are predicted to die every year because of antibiotic resistance, but only 500 researchers world-wide are working on this problem.
- New scientific discoveries are sitting on the shelf because our medical researchers don’t have the support they need to turn them into new medicines, technologies and diagnostic tools.
- Serious barriers to women’s success in science remain. 73% of early-career medical researchers in Parkville are women, but only 16% of professors are women.
The Greens ‘Respect Research’ plan will ensure that researchers have the skills, technology, and opportunities to unlock the secrets to better lives for Victorians, and address the medical challenges of the 21st century.
Our plan includes:
- Making Victoria a world-leader in antimicrobial resistance to give researchers and institutes the confidence to plan their research for the future and address this massive threat to our health.
- Australia’s first Drug Discovery Centre to empower researchers to take basic scientific discoveries and transform them into new medicines faster than ever before.
- Training and expert support for researchers to turn discoveries into practical benefits.
- A Victorian Centre for Gender Equity in Science, to break down the barriers to women’s success in research.
Our medical researchers need our support to make new discoveries that will benefit us all, create new jobs, and grow medical research in Victoria.