Major health research group swaps universities

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation, founded at the University of New South Wales in 2007, has announced that it will relocate in January 2015 to the newly-established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University, in northern Sydney.  A statement issues jointly by Professors Jeffrey Braithwaite, Enrico Coiera and Johanna Westbrook, said:

“Macquarie University is emerging as a major force in integrated clinical care, medical and health research and education in Australia. It has recently created a postgraduate medical research and teaching school, the Australian School of Advanced Medicine (ASAM); opened Australia’s only high-technology private hospital owned and operated by a university; and, this year, introduced the new Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Macquarie University’s healthcare research strategy has identified health services research as a priority, recognising the significant contribution this research can make both nationally and internationally. AIHI’s leading research in healthcare reform and service innovation is thus highly synergistic with this goal.

The University is located within Australia’s largest high-technology precinct, which attracts many local and international companies from high-tech fields including electronic, scientific, computing, medical, communication and pharmaceutical. In the last few years there has been a $1 billion investment in facilities and infrastructure on the campus itself including ASAM, the Macquarie University Hospital, the Australian Hearing Hub and the global headquarters of leading hearing technology company Cochlear Ltd. AIHI will be located close to Macquarie University Hospital, Australia’s first fully digitised paperless hospital.”

Three of AIHI’s centres will move to Macquarie by the end of January, 2015. These are the Centre for Clinical Governance Research, the Centre for Health Informatics, and the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research. The Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, led by Professor Ken Hillman, will maintain its affiliations with UNSW Medicine and South West Sydney Local Health District, but of course will continue to collaborate with AIHI staff.  Around 100 staff and students will be involved in the move.