International health strategy a positive step

Angus Morgan

21 July, 2016

Burnet Institute has welcomed the Victorian Government’s plan to sell innovation and expertise from the state’s world-class health system to international markets as a positive step forward for the local economy and global health.

Victoria’s International Health Strategy 2016-202: Partnering for a Health and Prosperous Future outlines the Government’s vision to grow Victoria as a global exporter of goods and services in health, health education, aged care and health and medical research.

The strategy aims to showcase Victoria’s achievements in health across the globe, while also generating revenue and creating new jobs in the health sector at home.

Burnet has a strong track record in this field in the form of initiatives such as our Nanjing BioPoint laboratory facility in Jiangsu Province, China, established to translate Burnet’s diagnostic and research technologies into commercially viable products.

“It’s our expectation this will generate a long term income stream and other benefits including collaborative opportunities and an enhanced global reputation,” Burnet Acting CEO Geoff Drenkhahn said.

“But more importantly we take great pride that work done in Victoria is being applied globally to address health challenges such as liver disease and hepatitis.”

Mr Drenkhahn said Victoria’s expertise in health and medical research has the potential to contribute to improved health on a global level, and especially regionally, through the utilisation of innovation, knowledge and experience.

“The government’s strategy to encourage, facilitate and support Victorian organisations to do so will enable this to occur more readily, resulting in health benefits to those communities in need, as well as benefiting Victorian organisations and the Victorian economy,” he said.

The healthcare sector contributes more than $30 billion annually to the Victorian economy and employs more than 130,000 Victorians. The sector is now the largest and fastest growing source of jobs.

The International Health Strategy compliments the $20 million Healthier Lives, Stronger Economy: Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020 released last week.

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Geoff Drenkhahn

Director, Strategic Funding & Partnerships




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