WA Universities join forces with Fiona Stanley Hospital to boost translational medical research, training and practice

August 5, 2014

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Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame Australia and Fiona Stanley Hospital will make a series of jointly funded Professorial appointments in Medicine.

The first of these will be in Rehabilitation Medicine to coincide with the opening of the Rehabilitation Unit of the Fiona Stanley Hospital later this year.  Others to follow for commencement early in 2015 are targeted in the areas of Neurology, Mental Health (acute perinatal care) and Geriatrics.

This is the second collaboration for the two universities. In November last year it was announced that Murdoch University would partner with The University of Notre Dame Australia to teach part of the Basic and Clinical Sciences component of the UND School of Medicine Fremantle’s Medical Degree.

This latest partnership will see the two universities together with the Fiona Stanley Hospital, make a series of high profile Professorial Medical Researcher Practitioner appointments funded jointly between the universities and the Department of Health.  The first appointment will be in Rehabilitation Medicine, followed by other Professorial appointments in areas such as Neurology, Mental Health and Geriatrics.

The University of Notre Dame Australia Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond said that the joint research appointments were a natural partnership due to the proximity of the respective University campuses and overlapping interests in medicine and other allied health areas.

“Murdoch’s outstanding facilities and areas of research excellence in medical sciences will help to give our own research in areas such as rehabilitation critical mass. The further partnership with the Fiona Stanley Hospital is also a vital connection for our medical graduates,” she said.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott said: “the teaching of the medical students on the Murdoch campus complements our veterinary medicine activities.  We have room to expand our collaborations with The University of Notre Dame and The Fiona Stanley Hospital in both teaching and research.   For example we have world class surgical training facilities for operating theatres that could be used for surgeons to hone further their skills”.

The Fiona Stanley Hospital and adjacent St John of God Hospital combined, provides one of the largest concentrations of acute health facilities anywhere in the world.

The juxtaposition of Murdoch University to the hospitals and the proposed development of the 48 hectare mixed development Eastern Precinct site on Murdoch’s South Street Campus provides huge potential for the establishment of health services, large scale biomedical research, medical engineering and allied pharmaceutical production facilities all underpinned by teaching and research.

Health development investment on campus is anticipated to exceed $400m over the medium to long term. The establishment of world class facilities will attract inward investment, the best researchers and high quality jobs to WA.

The announcement of the co-investment in the high profile professorial positions between the parties demonstrates a common ambition and intent to deliver a world class health service for the WA community supported and led by cutting edge translational medical research.

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