|June 2006||National Research Flagship||www.csiro.au/Preventative Health|
Message from the Director
Throughout the ages
people's life expectancies have been increasing. Within the past century
alone, longevity of Australians has risen by more than 20 years. Coupled
with a four-fold increase in Australia's population, this has driven a major
boost to our economy - gains from increased healthy years and health
Australia's future will be shaped by our ageing demographics, along with global competition, and a need for a sustainable balance of payments. Understanding the impact of these, and knowing the role innovation can play to meet these challenges is crucial.
It's an area where the Preventative Health National Research Flagship can
and is making a difference.
As the economic returns on people living longer are considerable, the issue of healthy years and participation has a powerful economic impact.
It's an issue which we shared over lunch during the recent Innovation Festival.
The May forum, led by Preventative Health, involved leading cancer specialist Professor Graeme Young and economics Professor Richard Blandy. The innovation challenge of preventative health was highlighted in the context of the economic and demographic realities facing our nation. Read more about the lunch in this edition of UPDATE.
I've also discussed this challenge in several meetings this month - with the Prime Minister's science adviser Darren Brown and the Productivity Commission.
I early June I met with Darren Brown, the PM's Science Adviser, to share the
progress in the Preventative Health Flagship. We also discussed how the
Flagship approach might be useful in tackle issues of national wellbeing,
participation and productivity through engaging all levels of government,
providers of services and the broader community.
Also in this edition of UPDATE, we highlight the vital role partnerships play in the success of our Flagship– across disciplines and across research organisations.
We look at how we've brought together statisticians, biochemists and imaging specialists to create a special microscope system to analyse samples for colorectal (bowel) cancer studies.
We'll share the example of Flagship PhD student, Gemma Brierley, whose work has helped develop our links to Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
For these and more information about our work, please click on the front page links provided.
Contact: Richard.Head@csiro.au, phone 08 83138819
Dr Richard Head
IN THIS EDITION:
MEET THE SCIENTIST:
The Preventative Health Flagship is a CSIRO initiative and part of the National Research Flagships program that aims to deliver scientific solutions to advance Australia's most important national objectives. One of the largest scientific initiatives ever mounted in Australia, it aligns closely with the Federal Government's National Research Priorities. The initiative brings together our national research resources to deliver breakthroughs in fields ranging from healthcare to light metals and the environment.
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