Born out of the University’s strategy Our University: A Framing of Futures, the Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre (MUHSC) is an Australian first – a fully integrated, university-led academic health campus that brings together world-leading research and teaching with state-of-the-art clinical care.
“Our vision is to improve lives,” says Natalie Sequeira, Director, Academic Health Strategy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Our Centre builds on the success of integrated approaches to patient care, discovery and continuous learning that are already in place overseas.”
MUHSC is built on the belief that the best patient care is only possible in environments where the latest research discoveries are applied in treatment, to deliver real impact where it matters most.
“The Centre provides a platform where health professionals are teachers and learners simultaneously, to inspire others to innovate for better patient outcomes,” says Natalie.
In the past year, the Centre has been established and made considerable progress. The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) was welcomed to the University, and the newly created Macquarie University Clinical Associates (MUCA) is gearing up to drive the integration between the Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to provide innovative mechanisms for the employment of, and engagement with, clinicians.
“We have recently published our strategic plan, and in addition to the AIHI and the MUCA, we are putting in place a clinical leadership structure for the Centre to drive integration where it will have the most impact,” says Natalie.
Staff are welcome to view the strategic plan and learn how the Centre plans to drive health innovation at Macquarie.
Next year, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will launch its first undergraduate degree program – the Bachelor of Clinical Science. The team is also in the early planning stages of innovative postgraduate programs, including Master of Public Health.
“We’re looking forward to sharing our current milestones and plans for the future with the community at the all-staff exhibition,” says Natalie. “Staff will be able to interact with every stage of our health translational research pathway – from the laboratory bench, to the patient bedside, to the outpatient clinic. They will see how we impact the broader community and improve lives around the world. Basic health checks will also be provided, courtesy of the Hospital and the Department of Health Professions.”
When: Thursday September 24
Time: 8.30am – 12pm
Where: Macquarie Theatre foyer
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