Steps in process:

  1. Notice of Inquiry6 Feb 2020
  2. Issues Paper13 Mar 2020
  3. Initial ConsultationMar - Aug 2020
  4. Draft Report2 Sep 2020
  5. Report ConsultationSep - Oct 2020
  6. Final Report13 Nov 2020 - current step

Final Report

In February 2020 the South Australian Productivity Commission (the Commission) was tasked to inquire into the performance of health and medical research (HMR) in South Australia.

The Commission investigated health and medical research in the state and identified a number of factors that appear to be influencing its ability to attract funding for research, the level of research activity and the translation of research into improved health and economic outcomes.

The Commission also considered the potential for policy, regulatory, research governance and other reforms to improve the state’s competitiveness and performance in HMR.

Recent challenges brought about by the COVID-19 virus are a reminder of the importance of HMR, and the necessity for a flexible and responsive HMR sector able to provide evidence based public health policy and preventative research. The Commission deeply appreciates the efforts of the many participants in the inquiry process, many of whom have played a major part in the State’s response to the crisis.

The Commission acknowledges with thanks the assistance from Local Health Networks, state government departments, universities, research institutions, industry, relevant peak bodies and other stakeholders.


The final report was delivered to the Premier on 13 November 2020 and was published on the Commission website on 11 February 2021.

Government's Response to the Final Report

The Government's response to the final report was published on 18 April 2021 and can be found at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.


Di Wheeler
T: 08 8226 7744

Inquiry Lead

Christine Bierbaum
T: 08 8226 7705