Eighty-seven per cent of Australians support the federal government’s investment in the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and 78 per cent believe it will lead to better health outcomes, according to a Roy Morgan Research poll.
When it reaches capacity early next decade, the Medical Research Future Fund will deliver about $1 billion a year for new therapies, treatments, drugs and devices that directly benefit Australians.
“The community recognises medical research is paramount to improving health outcomes and want to see medical breakthroughs brought from the laboratory into hospitals and medical clinics,” said CEO of Research Australia, Nadia Levin.
“The MRFF is a key to bridging this gap, providing new therapies, treatments, drugs and devices that will directly benefit Australians.”
The community recognises medical research is paramount to improving health outcomes and want to see medical breakthroughs brought from the laboratory into hospitals and medical clinics
The poll of 1,040 people also found:
88 per cent rated ‘basing healthcare on the best and most recent research’ as key to improving the health system, compared to reducing waiting times in emergency departments (80 per cent) and more doctors in regional areas (78 per cent).
89 per cent of Australians reported consulting a doctor in the last 12 months, and 73 per cent of this group had used the internet to find out more about something their doctor had told them. The age group most likely to do this was 25–34 years olds (82 per cent), but even 69 per cent of those aged 65 and over had used the internet in this way.