The belief that a strong and sustainable health and medical research community is vital to Australia’s health and wellbeing, productivity and prosperity, underpins Bupa and the Bupa Health Foundation’s commitment to, and long association with, Research Australia.
Bupa’s Head of Health Leadership Development, Justine Waters congratulates Professor Stephen Leeder, the Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, on receiving the 2011 Bupa Advocacy Award in recognition of his long and distinguished career in public health.
Representing an alliance of over 170 partners in the health and medical research community, Research Australia was established in 2000 with the aim of raising the profile of, and strengthening funding for, Australian health and medical research. In 2012, Research Australia will be building on the 2011 successful pilot of its Cook for a Cure community outreach initiative that encourages Australians to join with friends and family to share a healthy meal and raise money for health and medical research.
In 2007, the Bupa Health Foundation became the sole founding member of Research Australia and over the past four years has partnered with the alliance on joint advocacy initiatives and supported its public opinion polls and other activities. The Bupa Health Foundation itself is an important corporate funder of Australian health and medical research, having invested around $19 million in 80 programs nationally since its inception in 2005.
In parallel, Bupa has supported Research Australia’s Thank You Day Awards and, most recently, the 2011 Research Australia Awards at which Bupa presented the inaugural Bupa Advocacy Award. Speaking at the Awards, Bupa’s Director of Strategy and Commercial Development, Hisham El-Ansary said: “Supporting Australian health and medical research is an important priority for us at Bupa as it delivers immense benefits to all Australians through better health and medical care.”
Bupa is proud to be the official Awards Partner of the 2012 Research Australia Awards, taking place in Sydney on November 14.