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Doctors and scientists to share expertise for research, teaching and care

More than 10 universities, hospitals, research institutes and health centres are pooling resources and expertise to form a unique research alliance in inner Sydney.

17 Jun 2012

More than 10 universities, hospitals, research institutes and health centres are pooling resources and expertise to form a unique research alliance in inner Sydney.

In the first such organisation of its kind in Australia, the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology, Sydney, have joined with hospitals including the Prince of Wales, Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women and Prince of Wales Private, as well as the Black Dog Research Institute, Neuroscience Research Australia, Children’s Cancer Institute Australia, the Eastern Heart Clinic and Southern Radiology, to form the Randwick-based Health-Science Alliance.

One of the Alliance founders, Professor Terry Campbell, said it was loosely modelled on similar organisations in the United States and Britain that brought together academics, researchers, clinicians and practitioners to advance research, as well as increase teaching and post-graduate training opportunities and enhance patient care.

Professor Campbell said the Alliance – whose logo invokes the memory of Howard Florey, the Australia Nobel Laureate who drove the development of penicillin – was founded upon recognition of the importance of collaboration in driving advances in research, treatment and teaching.

He said the organisation had its genesis in the decision by the New South Wales Government to fund the creation of eight research infrastructure hubs.

Professor Campbell said those in the Randwick hub, centred on the UNSW and nearby teaching hospitals, decided in late 2009 to form a research alliance bringing together not just hospitals and universities but also research institutes and medical practices, and a memorandum of understanding was signed late the following year.

He said the Alliance hoped to secure a substantial share of the $100,000 recently allocated by the NSW Government to each of the eight research hubs, as well as becoming the central conduit for research funding in the area.

“We hope that research funding will flow through the hub rather than go directly to individual organisations,” Professor Campbell said.

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Published: 17 Jun 2012