Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies

Pharmaceuticals and health technologies are knowledge-based, technology-intensive industries that are uniquely placed to develop and commercialise the outcomes of Australia’s long term investment in medical research.

Pharmaceuticals Industry

The Australian pharmaceuticals industry comprises bio-medical research, biotechnology firms, originator and generic medicines companies and service related segments including wholesaling and distribution. The Department provides policy advice to the Minister for Industry on the pharmaceuticals industry and its operating environment.

Health/Industry Forum

The former Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, and the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, have agreed to hold regular joint meetings with relevant industry stakeholders to discuss cross portfolio issues.

For more information and to register your interest, see the Health/Industry Forum page.

Clinical Trials Reform

Clinical trials are research investigations which involve volunteers participating in studies to determine the effectiveness and safety of health interventions. These include medications, medical devices, or interventions as a means to prevent, detect or treat diseases or medical conditions. Clinical trials are essential to providing the evidence needed to turn medical research or knowledge into treatments. The Department of Industry is currently working to streamline and support the Australian clinical trials environment to attract investment.


Medical Devices and Technologies

The medical technologies industry in Australia

  • Key facts from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) about the medical devices industry in Australia.
  • Coming soon: The Business Characteristics of Australian Medical Device Firms

Medical technology innovators

  • Case studies of medical technology innovation and collaboration.

Australian Medical Devices Patent Analytic Study

Other sources of information about the Australian medical technologies industry

National Survey and Literature Review of Clinical Trials

The department funded two activities to understand what Australians think about clinical trials and how they prefer to receive information:

Interested in Clinical Trials?

For more information visit the Australian Clinical Trials website.

A joint Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) initiative.

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