New hope for Australian medical research

Media Release

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes today’s passing of the legislation for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) through the senate.

The MRFF is expected to deliver more than $400 million in disbursements to researchers over the next four years, building to $1 billion per year within the decade.

Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Professor Graeme Samuel said “We are delighted to see such a significant investment into medical research. With an ageing population and studies emerging indicating half of all Australians are living with chronic illnesses such as dementia and cardiovascular disease, we cannot afford not to invest in health and medical research to find new ways to improve and ultimately save lives.

“With spending on dementia set to outstrip that of any other health condition by 2060, it is evident the pressing issue is to build capacity in dementia research, to ultimately reduce the burden of disease on the health system.

“Even more importantly this news offers hundreds of thousands of Australians whose lives are affected by not only dementia but a number of other chronic illnesses, hope. We look forward to seeing this crucial contribution into medical research translated into results to create a healthier Australia."


Media enquiries:

Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@alzheimers.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 342,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area


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