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The Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, released the report of the McKeon Review - Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research Better Health through Research on 5 April 2013. A copy of the Minister's media release can be seen at


The full report can be accessed by clicking here

The summary version of the report can be accessed by clicking here .

Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

The Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia was established by the Australian Government in late 2011. The Review was to report early in 2013 and recommend a 10-year strategic health and medical research plan for the nation.

The Panel is chaired by 2011 Australian of the Year, Mr Simon McKeon AO. The other members of the expert panel are:

  • Ms Elizabeth Alexander AM;
  • Professor Henry Brodaty AO;
  • Mr Bill Ferris AC;
  • Professor Ian Frazer AC; and
  • Professor Melissa Little.

The Panel first met in November 2011 and held its 15th private meeting on 18 February 2013 in Sydney.

The Panel called for written submissions on 4 February 2012, with submissions due by 30 March 2012. The Review has received over 300 submissions, many of which are from key stakeholders in health and medical research.

The Panel commenced a series of public meetings in mid-April 2012 and these were held in every capital city. Private stakeholder consultations also involved 71 meetings, covering some 172 different stakeholder groups, and more than 200 individuals.

The information gathered during the public and private meetings has been added to the information presented in the 340 submissions received. The Panel released a summary Consultation Paper on 3 October 2012, and received feedback on this Paper until 31 October 2012. 

The Panel's report was presented to the Minister for Health on 28 February 2013.

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