What will it take to break the funding drought in Australia?
Donations to health and medical research have recently made headlines, with mining magnate Clive Palmer pledging $100 million to medical research and Indigenous needs.1 While this amount is an Australian record, it is somewhat eclipsed by “gigaphilanthropists” Bill and Melinda Gates’s multibillion dollar inputs to research and health delivery. The prefix “gigas” is Latin for “giant” and it is worth asking: Where are the giants of Australian giving? As Daniel Petre (an Australian philanthropist and former Microsoft vice-president) recently slammed the lack of generosity of richer Aussies,2 it is timely to consider where health and medical donation stands in Australia. How do we compare with other nations and what is the forecast for the future?
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