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Research Australia and Roy Morgan partner to reveal Australian’s views on health and medical research (HMR) in a changing landscape of healthcare

Research Australia and Roy Morgan partner to reveal Australian’s views on health and medical research (HMR) in a changing landscape of healthcare.

Celebrating the 15th year of the annual poll, Research Australia and Roy Morgan hosted an official launch in The Cellar of Tonic House, Roy Morgan’s unique office function room this week. 

Gary Morgan attended and Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine enlightened attendees on trust and distrust in the healthcare space, and how a much more discerning public, along with the advent of technology are pushing back against what they perceive as unfair practice.

Research Australia CEO Nadia Levin shared some of the key outcomes from the poll to an audience from across the health and medical research pipeline, including representation from Ausbiotech, GSK, AAMRI, The University of Melbourne, HealthConsult, Department of Health & Human Services, ARCS and The Walter & Eliza Hall institute of Medical Research:

“It is clear Australians see improving hospitals and healthcare as the number one spending priority for the Australian Government, even ahead of infrastructure, education standards and employment opportunities.

“We are pleased to see that more funding for health and medical research is the 6th most important of the 27 priorities presented in the poll. It has consistently placed in the top 10 since we started polling in 2003.

“89% of Australians say they are interested in health and medical research.  However, while confident in their ability to contribute to decision making about the future direction of the sector, most Australians don’t know how, and many don’t believe they’d be heard.  Our governments and research organisations clearly have more work to do to meaningfully engage with the broader community.”

This year’s poll also confirmed that Australians are willing to embrace technology that can help them better manage their own health. They trust healthcare professionals to assist them with choosing those technologies and directing them to other credible online information sources.

“The rise of precision medicine exemplifies how quickly the landscape is changing and how health and medical research is at the forefront of healthcare.  The 2018 poll shows Australians are ready to embrace precision medicine and are equally willing for their information to be used to assist others.  In fact, 75% of people would be willing to use genetic testing to identify the most effective drug and 95% would be willing for their results to be used to improve treatments for future patients.

“The poll covered donations and government funding and once again support for HMR is widespread.  And at a time when we see the Government partnering with the not for profit sector to support health and medical research, people indicated they would be more likely to donate to a charity if the government would match their donation.

“The trend to support a sugar tax is still high with 45% support it and 27% probably support it.  Awareness of the obesity issue and the health risks associated is growing.

“Australians’ opinions continue to shape Research Australia’s strategies and priorities and observation of the changing trends and current attitudes will be shared widely to help shape policy and change to ensure a healthier Australia.’

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Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. Margin of error gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate


25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%