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Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research



Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research

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4 | Chairpersons Report | Menzies School of Health Research 2003 Annual Report chairpersons report n my final year as Chairman of the MSHR Board, I am honoured to present this Annual Report which highlights the achievements of the Menzies School of Health Research, an organisation which continues to be at the forefront of remote, Indigenous and tropical health research. I am also proud to say that this Annual Report is the first of a new format where MSHR has implemented its commitment to utilising technology by using the MSHR website in conjunction with the printed Annual Report. There are many highlights in this report and on the website (www.menzies.edu.au). I urge you to take the time to read further about the health research and education which is carried out at MSHR. 2003 has been a year of challenge and great success. Under the leadership of Director Prof Kerin ODea and other talented staff, the number of research projects continues to grow. Highly competitive national and international funding has been awarded across a broad range of medical research, including scabies, rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, diabetes, malaria, kidney disease, lung disease and melioidosis, as well as research into a variety of social and economic factors affecting Indigenous health. 2003 has also brought many challenges as discussions took place around a controlled entity model to formalise links between MSHR and Charles Darwin University (CDU). Both the Board and staff were involved and consulted during this process. MSHR has retained its independent Act of Parliament which guarantees MSHRs autonomy into the future. The changes to MSHRs status, which came into effect from 1 January 2004, will, in the medium- to long-term, ensure MSHR gains the benefits of increased access to funding for research infrastructure from the Commonwealth. The changes have also meant the establishment of a new Governing Board. I would like to acknowledge the continuing support of the Menzies Foundation and the Northern Territory Government, whose ongoing financial commitment to MSHR allows the organisation to have a stable core funding base. Thanks also to the former Minister for Health and Community Services, The Hon Jane Aagaard MLA and her successors late in the year, The Hon Dr Peter Toyne MLA and The Hon Marion Scrymgour MLA. I would also like to thank my fellow Board members, the Director of MSHR, Prof Kerin ODea, and all the staff and students for their hard work, commitment and support for the organisation through this challenging period of change whilst continuing to achieve significant research success. Whilst I have finished my term as Chairman of the MSHR Board, I look forward to maintaining contact with MSHR in a different role. I know the organisation is in good hands and is destined for further future success. I also wish the new Board well in its endeavours. Richard Ryan AO I