Beginning in 2014, Murdoch University will partner with The University of Notre Dame Australia to teach the Basic and Clinical Sciences component of Notre Dame's Medical degree.
Professor David Macey, head of the Murdoch program and now Co-Chair of Basic and Clinical Sciences Domain at Notre Dame, said the units, taught in first and second year, provided the core knowledge that underpinned the degree and were well matched to Murdoch’s strengths.
“Murdoch University has a long tradition of teaching excellence in areas such as biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and pathology as well as first-rate facilities, so we stand to make a major contribution to student learning,” Professor Macey said.
“We also bring a strong track record for research to the partnership, as evidenced by our recent ARC Excellence in Research results, which saw us achieve the top ranking of ‘well above world standard’ in key areas such as Clinical Sciences, Immunology and Medical Microbiology.
“Combining our expertise with that of Notre Dame makes perfect sense and will hopefully be the first step in a process of collaborations as we align ourselves to complement the specialities envisaged for the Fiona Stanley and St John of God hospitals in Murdoch.”
Professor Macey said he was impressed by the high calibre of Notre Dame’s students, most of who came to the graduate-entry degree from related fields such as pharmacy, biomedical sciences, nursing or physiotherapy.
He said for Basic and Clinical Sciences, Notre Dame students would come to Murdoch’s South Street campus at least once a week to investigate practical, problem-based modules involving a real medical issue, one which required a holistic approach.
“This style of teaching works very well with Murdoch’s focus on translational research and practical learning,” Professor Macey said.
Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott echoed this viewpoint in welcoming the partnership.
“We are extremely pleased to be part of the first stage of what I am sure will be a very successful and productive ongoing collaboration between our two universities,” Professor Higgott said.
“Murdoch University is committed to fostering collaborations with local, national and international partners and to have our expertise and research have a tangible impact in the wider world.”
Professor Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, was enthusiastic about the opportunities available to students through this new partnership.
“Notre Dame Medical graduates have a proven track record of success within the medical fraternity. We are always looking for ways to enhance our offering to students and this new agreement will see our students benefit from the facilities and teaching now available to them at Murdoch, as well as the strong international reputation Murdoch enjoys in the field of Life Sciences.
“The work and output of our Medical students is of the highest standards and we believe our new partnership with Murdoch complements the expectations we set for our students.”