UNSW invests $250m in Health Translation Hub

Monday, 10 December, 2018

UNSW invests $250m in Health Translation Hub

A new partnership between the NSW Government and UNSW Sydney will see the establishment of a state-of-the-art hub for multidisciplinary medical, education, training and research at the Randwick Hospitals Campus.

The university will make an initial investment of up to $250 million in the UNSW Health Translation Hub, which will deliver education, training and research rooms and expanded ambulatory care clinics in fields such as neuroscience, as well as public and population health. The hub also builds on the government’s own injection of $720 million for the Randwick Campus Redevelopment project.

Speaking at UNSW’s Kensington campus on 6 December, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new facility will help ensure the latest research leads to faster improvements in patient care.

“We want to attract the best and brightest scholars, health professionals, researchers and students to NSW,” Berejiklian said.

“With partners such as UNSW, we are creating precincts that will be the envy of the rest of the world. By working with world-leading health and education professionals, we will grow the state’s medical research sector, create more jobs and cultivate excellence in medicine, research and public health.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW President and Vice Chancellor, meet medical researchers at UNSW. Image credit: Anna Kucera.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs noted that UNSW has had teaching hospital affiliations on the Randwick Hospitals Campus for close to 60 years.

“As well as improving health services to our local communities, the seamless physical and working integration between the hospitals and this new Health Translation Hub will enable us to compete at the forefront of health research and education internationally,” he said.

“That in turn will attract more outstanding clinicians, health professionals and academics to the precinct; drive better healthcare, research and outcomes for patients; and generate economic benefits for the community.”

The university plans to invest an additional $250 million across the Randwick Campus over the next 10 years, including the purchase of new medical and research equipment and an investment in the university’s Faculties of Medicine and Science to attract world-class health professionals.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was a great example of collaboration to produce better outcomes for the community. “Students, academics and researchers will have incredible access to clinical settings, leading to better outcomes for patients and the community,” he said.

Health Infrastructure will now work with the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and UNSW to continue consultations with clinicians, researchers and health planners on the development of the new hub, which will co-locate the Prince of Wales of Clinical School, the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, and the School of Psychiatry. It is expected that the building will be completed and functioning within five years.

Top image caption: Artist’s impression of the UNSW Health Translation Hub.

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