Page 3883 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Growing the health and medical research sector to support the delivery of research-led, evidence-based, high quality health care for the ACT is a priority for the government. I am committed to exploring the growth opportunities through my new portfolio as the Minister for Medical and Health Research.

An important step in building collaborative relationships to grow the medical research sector in the ACT was to sign a memorandum of understanding last Friday between the ANU, the ACT government and Australia’s pre-eminent cancer centre, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. The MOU records the intention to work together on various aspects of research-led clinical cancer care, which could be significantly beneficial to attracting clinicians and improving healthcare delivery at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre at ACT Health.

I am very pleased to have had the opportunity both to strengthen relationships with the ANU and UC through the delegation to New Zealand and to learn together from some of New Zealand’s most successful and eminent public health sector specialists. It is also my pleasure to say that, as a result of the discussions and relationship building during the trip to New Zealand, ACT Health will host a summit in November this year, in partnership with the ANU and the University of Canberra. The summit will allow us to build on a collaborative relationship between research, academic and service sectors to achieve a health system that is fit for the future and provides world-leading health care through research, policy, practice and education. There is much we can learn and leverage from each other, and the government is absolutely committed to making the most of these partnerships with the ACT’s higher education sector as well as with ACT Health.

I again thank the ANU and the University of Canberra for their leadership and participation on this delegation. It further supports our joint efforts to collaborate with one another to strengthen the delivery of research-led clinical care and develop in Canberra an exceptional approach to health and medical research, to develop a high quality health system attracting talented staff to our respective organisations, and ultimately providing better health care to our community.

I present the following paper:

New Zealand Delegation—August 2018—Ministerial statement, 20 September 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency

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