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Deans welcome boost to Medical Research

By | Monday, July 21st, 2014
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MEDIA RELEASE
21 July 2014


Deans welcome boost to Medical Research

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans) has welcomed the Federal Government’s and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s recent announcement to recognise new Advanced Health Research and Translational Centres to further build Australia’s much needed medical research infrastructure.

‘This is an essential step toward making Australia the leading nation in medical research that it should be and can be’ said the President of Medical Deans, Professor Peter Smith.

‘Importantly it supports us to provide only the best evidence based medical care to everyday Australians. We are all committed to finding cures for cancer and chronic disease and making sure Australians get the best value out of their doctors and scientists.’

Professor Smith said this initiative will also support the very welcome establishment of the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund announced by the Government in the May 2014 Budget.

‘We know that doing good medical research takes committed investment such as this. These funds will enable the very best and brightest of our medical researchers and doctors to excel and deliver the medical break throughs we all hope for.’

Australian medical schools and universities currently provide up to 80% of the national medical research effort. In the last decade universities have hosted the seminal works of Nobel laureates in medicine such as Doherty, Marshall, Warren and Blackburn.

Advances such as Graeme Clarke’s invention of the bionic ear and Ian Frazer’s development of a vaccine to prevent cancer of the cervix have both arisen from university research activities, both developed by doctors undertaking clinical research. With significant communities of clinical scientists medical schools are well placed to undertake translational research that takes findings such as these from the bench to the patient bedside.

Professor Smith said medical schools capacity to work with our doctor scientists in the hospitals and medical researchers in the University means medical research is always directed at what is best for the patient.

Professor Smith said building on these essential research collaborations between universities and health service providers in the public and private sector will improve our health system overall.

Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres are one way of consolidating the best of medical research with excellence in health care delivery.

The proposed Medical Research Future Fund provides a significant investment toward a sustainable and vibrant medical research effort.

Medical Deans also calls on the States and Territories to actively engage with these exciting and necessary initiatives in our health care system.

Medical Deans is made up of the Deans of Australia’s 18 university medical schools and the two New Zealand schools.

More information, President – Professor Peter Smith: 02 9385 2451 or CEO – Professor Judy Searle 0498 138 035

FACT SHEET: Contributions and Costs of a Medical Qualification

By | Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Medical Deans Fact Sheet


PROFESSION ENTRY MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS IN AUSTRALIA: CONTRIBUTIONS AND COSTS FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS


+ Domestic students with a CSP (Commonwealth supported place) currently pay a maximum of $10,085 per year (Band 3) for
tuition fees to study medicine in Australia (except for the private University Bond). Students pay this each year irrespective of the length of the course (4-6 years) and the type of professional entry level qualification ie undergraduate or post graduate degree.


+The tax payer ( via University cluster funding band 8 ) contributes $21,273 per student per year, again irrespective of the length of the course and type of qualification


+If under the proposed Government changes proposed for 2016 the tax payer contribution to Medicine decreases by 18% to approximately $17,444 per student per year, Universities would   effectively need to increase the student tuition component to $13,914 per year to break even.


+This would mean a change in the % burden of contribution on the medical student to change from 32.2% to 44.3%


+Under this break even model, a student completing a 4 year professional entry medical course (63% of Australian medical courses) would have a final HECCs debt of $55,656 vs   the current debt of $40,340.


+Following detailed modelling in 2011, Medical Deans found that it actually costs a University $50,272 – 51,149 per year to train a single doctor during their profession entry level course. Currently Universities receive less than 62% (ie $31,358 per student per year) of the true costs of training.


+If the new Higher Education Government proposals are legislated Universities will need to assess both the available contributions and costs of training a doctor at their institution and set student tuition fees accordingly.


+Medical Deans are dismayed to see advertised on the Greens party website an estimated total degree cost for Medicine of $227,000 for a domestic student in a deregulated market given the facts shown above.


MSOD communique

By | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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Communique_July 2014

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