Sydney—What is probably the most comprehensive review of Australian medical research ever carried out achieved one of its prime aims almost before it produced its final report. In its May budget, the federal government committed itself to almost doubling national medical research funding over the next 6 years—a measure that was a key recommendation of the review.
Although low by US and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development standards, the funding increase from A$165 million at present to A$350 million (US $231 million) by 2005 is a welcome shot in the arm for Australia's medical research community.
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