Record $24 Million For Cardiovascular Disease Research

Record $24 Million For Cardiovascular Disease Research


I’ve got stents all over the place. I suffer from chronic kidney disease, I’ve
had several strokes. I have diabetes and I have hypertension which
is the blood vessels which are causing a lot of the problems. One of our great national challenges is cardiovascular
disease, and that brings me today to the work of The George Institute. Now the George is without doubt one of the
world’s great medical research institutes. So I am delighted to announce a $24 million
research grant to the George Institute to focus on treatment and prevention of cardiovascular
conditions. This grant is going to be transformative in
terms of building the work that we do in this country and around the world on the prevention
of cardiovascular disease. Our interest is to have results within five
to ten years for people who have cardiovascular disease today, for people who are going to
develop cardiovascular disease today. So this program is going to address many different
aspects of cardiovascular disease. So for example we’ll be looking at new ways
of preventing stroke and treating stroke in people who end up in hospital with a stroke. We’ll also be looking at new ways of reducing
the risks of kidney failure in people with diabetes. And we’ve also got a particular interest in
women’s health as well. Today is about saving lives and protecting
lives. We know there are 4.2 million people in Australia
with some form of cardiovascular disease or condition. This investment is about giving them hope
and giving them a future. I should imagine the fact they are working
on less medication needed, I take 19 pills a day and I will never stop because I have
a wonderful life.However they are going to be investigating out of that 19 maybe they
can make that nine and that would be really good.