Health review strategy lacks focus

The independent McKeon Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research recommends that 3–4% of the national health budget is spent on medical research, compared to the 2% currently spent.

However, from 2000–08 only 1.9% of grants awarded by the NHMRC were categorised as primary care. Professor Dimity Pond, president of the Australian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC), believes the review does little to rectify the imbalance.

“I think there needs a lot more