Proudly supporting flagship from start

HAND IN HAND: Minister Hazzard, centre, with HMRI director Michael Nilsson and  chairman Kyle Loades.
HAND IN HAND: Minister Hazzard, centre, with HMRI director Michael Nilsson and chairman Kyle Loades.

IN 1998, a group of medical visionaries from Hunter New England Health and the University of Newcastle made a pioneering plan to improve the health and wellbeing of local families.

The result was a medical research institute that would harness the   Hunter’s academic, clinical and community partnerships.

The NSW Government saw HMRI’s potential from the outset, launching the Institute on March 14 of that year and providing support that continues 20 years on.

From fewer than 100 researchers, HMRI has grown to become one of the NSW’s flagship health and medical research institutes.

The NSW Government understands the life-changing difference that high-quality medical research can make.

We know that a research hub attracts the very best medical specialists, and enables collaborations with other institutes and industries from around the world.

It is the key to improving treatments and policy. It drives new skills, and most importantly delivers better health outcomes for our community.

Each year, the Government makes significant contributions to HMRI through the Medical Research Support Program.

We also committed land and funding to co-locate the HMRI Building on the John Hunter Hospital campus, directly connecting clinicians and patients with research scientists.

It has allowed medical research to evolve into a major industry in its own right, with important health and economic benefits to the Hunter New England region, NSW and beyond.

HMRI is forging partnerships with pharmaceutical and technology companies across the nation as well as abroad. The infrastructure, expertise and entrepreneurship are all in place. The future for medical research in the Hunter New England region is very promising.

I commend the researchers for the outstanding work they do and congratulate everyone at HMRI for 20 years of growth and success.

We can only imagine what the next 20 years may hold.

  • Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Health