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The Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia was submitted to the Federal Health Minister in February 2013. 12 months on, the recommendations are yet to be responded to by the Federal Government.
The Health and Medical Research industry is worth more than $5 billion to the Australian economy and the Mekeon Review contains significant interest for the industry and the people who work in it. The significance of this report cannot be understated. It has the Potential to lead to significant improvements in safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the Australia’s $140 billion per year health sector at a time when the rising cost of health care is being identified as a major national issue. It also has the capability to drive further development of the high value, knowledge intensive biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries at a time when we are looking for exactly such industries to replace our reliance on resources.
Simon McKeon is Chairman of CSIRO and Global Poverty Project Australia, as well as Chairman Elect of AMP Limited. He was also the 2011 Australian of the Year.
He retired from Macquarie Group in early 2014 after a 30 year career culminating in his position as Executive Chairman (Melbourne Office). He is currently retained by Macquarie as a consultant.
Simon is also a Director of Red Dust Role Models, a member of the Big Issue Advisory Board and is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government.
He previously served as Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, as well as its Point Nepean Community Trust. He also served as Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Business for Millennium Development.
Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots). He is also a Founding Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which won 3 gold and a silver medal (and was the leading sailing nation) at the 2012 London Olympics.