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A new report has been released showing that Australia's leading Indigenous health research institute makes a significant economic and social contribution to the nation.
Released on the eve of Close the gap day, the report by Deloitte Access Economics revealed the Menzies School of Health Research made a social and economic contribution of $393 million to the Australian economy - $87 million to the Northern Territory alone - from 2002 to 2010.
Ms Lynne Pezzullo, lead partner of Deloitte's Health Economics and Social Policy group said, 'Menzies not only contributes economically, it also contributes to addressing one of our nation's most important equity issues, as the majority of Menzies efforts are focused on improving the health of Indigenous Australians.'
The report emphasised the following signature achievements in health:
'We have made some progress in key Indigenous heath outcomes but there is more to be done and we are committed to continuing working in partnership with Menzies to get access to the most up-to-date research in this field,' said NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson.