Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Federal Member for Curtin and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday met with researchers and staff at the Telethon Kids Institute to see firsthand the work being done to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children.
Director Jonathan Carapetis and Telethon chairman Kerry Stokes took Prime Minister Abbott and Minister Bishop on a tour of the health and medical research facility in Subiaco, where they were introduced to researchers focussing on new therapies for the most aggressive children’s cancers.
The Prime Minister and Minister Bishop also visited the respiratory lab to watch as Professor Graham Hall tested the lung function of Isobel Donaldson, 8, who has cystic fibrosis and met with senior Aboriginal researchers at the Institute.
“I was delighted to be able to take the Prime Minister on a tour of this world-class medical research facility located in the heart of my electorate,” Minister Bishop said.
“We saw how Western Australian researchers are committed to making a huge difference in the lives of children.
“Australia is ranked among the top five nations in the world when it comes to health and medical research and that standing has much to do with the work we undertake in this State and the quality and professionalism of the researchers at places like the Telethon Kids Institute.”
Professor Carapetis said the visit was a wonderful opportunity to showcase how the Federal Government’s support of Telethon resulted in a range of research programs.
“The Prime Minister and Ms Bishop were very interested in how the research we do here is making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of children,” he said.
Minister Bishop later joined the Prime Minister at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, where Mr Abbott donated $2 million to Telethon on behalf of the Federal Government.