There is grave concerns over the proposed cuts to medical research to be announced in this year's federal budget. Many have voiced their concerns across the media. There are many pages and groups to go to find out more. Discoveries Need Dollars If these cuts eventuate (econocrazies put a $129billion tag) this will be to our nation's detriment.
There are inherent problems with the existing system that need urgent attention - all I need to do is to look at the growing number of peers who opt out - disillusioned because of a lack of support for following a career path in research. This may be a related issue, however clearly something is wrong. We need more funding - not cuts - and more emphasis on retaining quality researchers at all levels, not just those with established track records who still struggle but manage to survive for another 3 years. Cuts to medical research will halt vital research to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases and improve the health of Australians. It just doesn't make sense.
Sprague Dawley encapsulates the frustration
If you want to do something about it- sign this petition and send it to Parliament before the 29th April 2011 and we'll see what happens to the future of medical research in this country.