South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

15 February 2021

Senator GRIFF (South Australia) (17:54): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the state's flagship independent medical research institute which recently celebrated its seventh anniversary in its purpose-built building, affectionately known as the cheese-grater;

(b) acknowledges SAHMRI's leadership in bringing proton therapy to Australia, with construction underway of the nation's first proton therapy and research facility which will specialise in targeting brain cancers in children and other difficult tumours; and

(c) recognises the beneficial collaborations SAHMRI has fostered and its impacts on population health and wellbeing, including its:

(i) Aboriginal Health Equity theme which is building the capacity of Indigenous researchers to drive community-led research projects,

(ii) Registry of Senior Australians database which has provided research informing the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety,

(iii) Precision Medicine theme's discovery and validation of novel treatment options for leukaemias, prostate cancer and bowel cancer as well as its role in the Australian Genomics Health Alliance,

(iv) SAHMRI Women and Kids theme's multi-pronged research program to improve perinatal health through nutrition and other interventions, and

(v) Lifelong Health theme's research breakthroughs to treat, prevent or delay chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression and dementias.

Question agreed to.

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