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SA's $200m medical research institute officially opened by Prime Minister and Premier

Friday, 29 November 2013
Author: ABC News

At odds on car industry funding and changes to the Gonski school reforms, Premier Jay Weatherill and Prime Minister Tony Abbott have appeared side by side to officially open the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

The $200 million federally-funded building next to the Adelaide rail yard site on North Terrace has taken more than three years to complete after former health minister Nicola Roxon turned the first sod in July 2010.

The institute provides facilities for about 600 staff with research to be carried out in areas including cancer and heart disease, infant care, nutrition, infection, and Aboriginal health.

Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a further $15 million towards the site which he says brings the state's spending on the project to $85 million.

Mr Weatherill says the State Government funding contribution will help with the facility's running costs.

He says the institute will complement the new Royal Adelaide Hospital which is scheduled for completion in 2016 and plans to shift the Women's and Children's Hospital to the site at a cost of at least $600 million to the site by 2023.

At the opening, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the institute will play a key role in global research efforts.

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