Minister for Health Jillian Skinner and Minister for Medical Research Pru Goward have visited The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to announce the 2015-16 Budget will include $25 million for paediatric research to unlock treatments and cures.
Mrs Skinner said a centrepiece of the investment will be the establishment of Australia’s largest clinical trials centre exclusively for paediatric research.
The $6 million centre will be built at the Kids Research Institute (KRI) at Westmead.
“Paediatric researchers from across NSW – including the KRI, the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) at Westmead and the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI) at Randwick – will have access to this centre, allowing them to continue their dedicated pursuit of life-saving treatments and cures,” Mrs Skinner said.
“The NSW Government made a pre-election commitment to deliver $25 million for paediatric medical research and the Budget will deliver it in full.”
The $25 million investment will also include:
- $5.5 million upgrade to facilities, equipment and technology across the three main research facilities – KRI, CMRI and CCI.
- $1 million to enhance the Gene Vector Lab at CMRI.
- $10 million to relocate all paediatric research across the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick to one floor of the Nelune building, as part of the Bright Alliance.
- $2.5 million to upgrade and increase lab space for the personalised medicine program at the Children’s Cancer Institute at Randwick.
Ms Goward said the funding boost offers hope to families and researchers in the fight against childhood disease.
“The NSW Budget will continue cementing NSW’s reputation as a centre of research excellence where the best and brightest choose to work,” Ms Goward said.