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Health sector members gather for industry forum

25 June 2015

Joint media release with the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP

Representatives from the medical technologies, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemicals and plastics and food manufacturing sectors will gather in Canberra today for the Australian Government’s first health industry stakeholder forum.

Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, and the Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, will jointly chair the forum, providing an opportunity for cross-portfolio discussion of industry-related matters.

Key issues to be addressed include industry growth and investment, improving the environment for clinical trials, tax initiatives and regulation reform in several areas.

The Abbott Government is working to increase sector growth, boost productivity, reduce the regulatory burden and create jobs.

The Industry Growth Centre initiative targets five key sectors in which Australia has a competitive edge, including medical technologies and pharmaceuticals.

The Growth Centres will help these industries forge stronger links with our science and research agencies to drive innovation, lower costs and boost global excellence across these sectors.

Extensive industry consultation has already started and will help to set the strategy and direction for each Growth Centre’s activities.

Ms Bronwyn Evans, Chair of the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre, will provide the forum with an update on her industry discussions to date.

The forum will also discuss options for improvements to Australia’s clinical trials system.

A coordinated suite of measures is already being implemented across state and Australian government jurisdictions to improve the competitiveness of our clinical trials system.

Part of the forum’s dialogue will be about what more can be done to benefit both patients and industry.

Further detail about the industry forum discussion is available at http://www.industry.gov.au/industry/Pages/HealthIndustry-Forum.aspx.

Media contacts: Minister Macfarlane’s office 02 6277 7070
                            Minister Ley’s office 02 6277 7220