$46.9 million health research Institute for South-West Sydney

11 August, 2009

The Rudd Government is committed to investing in health and medical research.

In the May 2009 Budget, the Rudd Government announced $430 million in funding towards health and medical research infrastructure, drawn from the nation-building Health and Hospitals Fund.

From this fund, the Liverpool and south-west region will benefit from a $46.9 million investment for the construction of the Ingham Health Research Institute.

Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, was joined by the Member for Fowler, Julia Irwin to meet with members of the Ingham Health Research Institute (IHRI) board to hear of the projects progress.

The IHRI will receive $46.9 million from the Health and Hospitals fund between 2009 and 2012, for the construction of a multifaceted research facility to be located on the Liverpool Hospital campus.

The building will consist of a four storey purpose built research facility and will be linked to the hospital as well as existing research facilities.

The facility will also have a research linear accelerator integrated within the Cancer Therapy Centre and a Clinical Skills Centre that will assist in the translation of research findings into clinical practice.

Minister Roxon said that the building will enable the co-location of existing health research groups.

“Currently there are research groups that are widely dispersed throughout the south west of Sydney. The Ingham Health Research Institute will provide a first class home for them right here at Liverpool Hospital.”

Irwin said that the facility would be an asset for the region. “The Rudd Government is investing locally in a cutting edge facility that will benefit future generations of Australians.”